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The PRO-LAB® is designed for “DO-IT-YOURSELF” use with reliable results. It uses sampling methods that are used by professional mold inspectors and industrial hygienists worldwide.
PRO-LAB's Mold Test Kit utilizes patented laboratory analytical method for accuracy and reliability. To help detect the possibility of mold, pollen and dust mites. Do you notice any of the following?
- Discoloration or black mold on baseboards, wallboards, or wallpaper.
- Cracks in shower tile, lack of caulking, loose toilet seal, leaks under sink
- Carpet and padding in direct contact with concrete slab
- Poorly maintained or dirty air conditioning/heating vents and filters
- Damp basement or crawl space
- Water penetration (water marks on walls, mold spots on walls)
- Musty/ moldy odor
If you answered YES to any of the above questions, then you could be EXPOSED TO TOXIC BLACK MOLD!
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What is Mold and Where Is It Found?
Mold are microscopic organisms that produce spores and are found virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
Mold can be found on plants, foods, dry leaves, and other organic material.
Also susceptible to mold growth are cellulose materials, such as, cardboard, paper, ceiling tiles, and sheet rock.
Mold spores are easily detached and made airborne by vacuuming, walking on a carpet or sitting on a couch.
In indoor environments, mold can grow in air conditioning ducts, carpets, pots of houseplants, etc.
How Can Mold Affect Your Health?
Exposure to mold is not healthy for anyone but the following individuals are at a higher risk for adverse health effects:
infants, children, elderly, immune compromised patients, pregnant women, and individuals with existing respiratory conditions.
When inhaled, even in small amounts, mold can cause a wide range of health problems including respiratory problems (wheezing),
nasal and sinus congestion, watery and red eyes, nose and throat irritation, skin irritation, aches and pains, fevers, asthma,
emphysema and in some cases even death.
Mold Can Be Found In Many Areas Of Your Home
- Living Rooms
- (HVAC) Ventilation System
- Any Moist Areas
How Can You Be Exposed To Mold?
When moldy materials become damaged or disturbed, spores (reproductive bodies similar to seeds) can be released into the air.
The following are sources of indoor moisture that may cause mold problems in your home or office:
flooding, leaky roofs, humidifiers, damp basements or crawl spaces, constant plumbing leaks, house plants, steam from cooking,
shower/bath steam and leaks, wet clothes, and clothes dryers vented indoors.
Protection...Testing Is Your First Line Of Defense
To find out if mold is a problem in your home or office, you must conduct a mold test!
The PRO-LAB Mold Test Kit utilizes a patented laboratory analytical method for accuracy and reliability.
The easy to use do-it-yourself test allows you to determine whether toxic mold spores are in the air that your breath.
Visual sampling may also be conducted. Optional lab analysis is available to indicate the type of mold present.
The Black Mold Stachybotrys Chartarum (atra)
Stachybotrys Chartarum (atra) is a greenish-black toxic mold that colonizes particularly well in high-cellulose material,
such as straw, hay, wet leaves, dry wall, carpet, wall paper, fiber-board, ceiling tiles, thermal insulation, etc.
Stachbotrys, before drying, is wet and slightly slimy to touch. There are about 15 species of Stachybotrys, known throughout the world.
This toxic mold grows in areas where the relative humidity is above 55%.
This type of mold does not grow on plastic, vinyl, concrete products, or ceramic tiles.
It is not found in the green mold on bread or the black mold on the shower tiles.
Stachybotrys produces a mycotoxin that causes human mycotoxicosis.
This type of mold is thought to be a possible cause of the sick building syndrome.
Children's exposure to Stachybotrys spores are thought most likely to cause pulmonary hemosiderosis (bleeding in the lungs).
The following is a list of symptoms associated with exposure to Stachybotrys mold spores:
- Respiratory problems, such as wheezing, and difficulty in breathing
- Nasal and sinus congestion
- Eyes-burning, watery, reddened, blurry vision, light sensitivity
- Dry, hacking cough
- Sore throat
- Nose and throat irritation
- Shortness of breath
- Chronic fatigue
- Skin irritation
- Central nervous system problems (constant headaches, memory problems, and mood changes)
- Aches and pains
- Possible fever
- Possible hemosiderosis
- Immune suppression
Professional Mold Test Kit by PRO-LAB®
The PRO-LAB Professional Mold Test Kit (patented) is designed to detect dangerous molds that may be in your home or office. The test kit offers four (4) different analytical sampling methods.
- Method 1: Dust Collection (Vacuum with hose) sampling method
(To determine if mold spores, pollen and dust mites are in your indoor environment). After you have attached the cassette directly to the end of vacuum nose, turn on your vacuum and vacuum your carpet(s), rug(s), floors, mattress, pillows and pillowcases, upholstery, A/C filter, furnace filter or drapes. Continue to vacuum until you have enough fine dust to fill the collection chamber until fill (Minimum of 5 minutes).
- Method 2: Dust collection (Vacuum without hose) sampling method
(Alternative method to determine if mold, pollen and dust mites are in your indoor environment). Scoop the fine dust from your vacuum cleaner bag and fill the collection chamber as much as possible. Once chamber is full, replace the collection chamber back in the cassette and replace the white caps.
- Method 3: Visible Mold (Swab) sampling method
(To determine the type of mold growth that is visible and growing on the piece on material)
Locate the visible mold growth. Take the enclosed sterile swab and wipe the tip across the visible mold growth. Mold must adhere to the swab tip. Once sampling is complete, place the swab back in the plastic bag and proceed to the lab results directions.
- Method 4 – Bulk Sampling Method
(To determine the type of mold that is visible and growing on a piece of material)
Place a small piece of the material to be tested (drywall, wallpaper, molding, ceiling tile) inside the plastic bag and proceed to the lab results direction.
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