Remodeling vs. Toxic Mold Issues  

Posted on February 17th, 2008. About .

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Why have we devoted so much time and space to Toxic Black Mold and YOUR Health and Wellness ?

As an Information Resource and Educational Remodeling website for the last several years, it was an odd transition to bring Toxic Black Mold into the forefront on StartRemodeling.com as much as we have.

I have a confession to make! As a Specialty Remodeling Contractor for most of the last 20 years, I have been guilty many times of spraying a bleach solution on mold and painting over problems that I never knew could be life threatening!

No one knew!

Mold has been around for Millions of years and as a Home Improvement Professional, I chose, as I thought I should, to Tear out what I could see, Clean the Area and ASSUME that all was well!

I had never heard of Mycotoxins before in my life!

Then My Grand-Daughter, who was on vacation with her Mom at a friends’ house for a couple of weeks, became seriously ill with breathing problems when she was only a few months old. The Doctor in the Emergency room had No-Idea what caused it!

Suddenly, everyone in our friends’ house was becoming ill and Mold began to show up in the house from water intrusions and a faulty roof installation !
( The house has since had $135,000 + in Remediation and a years + worth of inconvenience to everyone involved! )

My Grand-Daughter never experienced any breathing problems after she came home and I wondered if the Mold that I had heard so much about on television and newspapers could have been the cause!

After a TON of research and adding MORE and MORE Toxic Black Mold Info to the site over the last few years, I have had 10′s of 1000′s of emails, posts in our forums and phone calls from home owners and renters, with NO CLUE what to do about Mold in their homes and that have stories that would make those of you with a heart cry along with me!

To this day, I am absolutely ASTOUNDED at the Ignorance that accompanies Toxic Black Mold!

Most Doctors are completely baffled by it!

Insurance Companies refuse to admit it exists, but have been paying Millions in the last few years to Remediate it! Until it became TOO expensive of course! Now they’re heading for the hills. Hmmmmm!

But folks continue to be sick when exposed to it!

We are now the LARGEST TOXIC BLACK MOLD Education and Solution site on the Internet and feel that we have helped many 1000′s of people take steps in the right direction to avoid having Toxic Black Mold take over their lives.

So, Let us Help You!

Toxic Black Mold is a REAL Risk and can cause health problems for YOU and your loved ones. Especially young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems.

The Good News is that it can be Avoided and/or Cleaned Up!

Take advantage of the many Resources and Toxic Black Mold Professionals that we have PRE-SCREENED as best as we could to give you SOLUTIONS to Anything and Everything Toxic Mold Related!

We Really Do Care!

So, Back to the ORIGINAL Question!
Why have we devoted so much time and space to
Toxic Black Mold and YOUR Health and Wellness ?

The SIMPLE and Health Conscience Answer is …

You can’t properly Remodel if you have or believe you may have Toxic Black MOLD in Your Home and don’t address it.

Am I RIGHT?

Have a GREAT Day! Enjoy the site and Keep Coming Back!

Do It Yourself Toxic Black Mold Test Kits  

Posted on February 17th, 2008. About .

Toxic Black Mold Test Kits

PRO-LAB® PROFESSIONAL MOLD TEST KIT offers two (2) air sampling methods which indicate the presence of mold in as little as 48 hours. If mold growth is present in the air sample taken, an Optional Lab Analysis ($30) is available which identifies the exact count and type of mold present. If no mold growth occurs after the incubation period, analysis is not necessary. Note: If you have visual mold presently growing in your home or office, you may also take a visual mold sample and send it to our laboratory for analysis ($30) in order to determine the type of mold present. One mold test kit is needed for each indoor area of concern.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR TOXIC BLACK MOLD TEST KITS!

Note: All sampling methodologies are subject to the occurrence of false negative and false positive results.

PETRI DISH SETUP DIRECTIONS

Remove petri dish from the plastic bag and lay it on a level surface with the lid side up. DO NOT TOUCH the inside of the petri dish or expose it to the outside until you are ready to use it.

Remove the lid of the petri dish and pour the mold medium into the dish bottom. Replace the lid and swirl gently until the bottom is completely covered. Allow to harden for 1 hour on a level surface.

Carry the dish to the area you wish to test. Determine which sampling method you would like to use and proceed to that method listed below.

Note: You may use only one testing method per petri dish.

METHOD 1: VISUAL SAMPLING

After you have completed the petri dish set up, locate the visual mold growth. Take the enclosed sterile swab and wipe the tip across the visual mold and growth. (Mold must adhere to the swab tip.) Remove the lid of the petri dish. Transport the mold from the visual growth to the petri dish. Very gently wipe the mold sample from the tip of the swab across the top surface of the medium on the petri dish, allowing the mold to adhere. Once sampling is complete, replace the lid and proceed to the lab results directions. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE RESULTS OF THE VISUAL SAMPLE YOU MUST SEND BOTH THE SWAB AND THE PETRI DISH TO THE LAB FOR ANALYSIS.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR TOXIC BLACK MOLD TEST KITS!

METHOD 2: HVAC AIR SAMPLING (DUCT TAPE IS REQUIRED)

After you have completed the petri dish setup, locate the air vent which is the furthest away from the main HVAC system. Remove the lid of the petri dish and tape the open dish against the open air vent. Close all of the remaining air vents that are on the system. Turn the system fan on high for a ten (10) minute period, allowing the forced air to hit the inside surface of the petri dish. Once the ten (10) minute period is complete, remove the petri dish from the air vent, replace the lid and allow to incubate for 48 hours. Re-check the dish at 72 hours and 96 hours to be sure that no slow growing molds were overlooked. If mold growth is present after the incubation period, proceed to the lab results directions. If no mold growth is present after incubation period, analysis is not necessary.

METHOD 3: SETTLING PLATE METHOD (ALTERNATIVE AIR SAMPLING)

After you have completed the petri dish setup, carry the petri dish to the location where you want to test and locate a steady surface. (Ex: table) Remove the lid of the petri dish and leave it open to the environment for a one (1) hour period. Once the one (1) hour period is complete, replace the lid and allow to incubate for 48 hours. Re-check the dish at 72 hours and 96 hours to be sure that no slow growing molds were overlooked. If mold growth is present after the incubation period, proceed to the lab results directions. If no mold growth is present after incubation period, analysis is not necessary.

LAB RESULTS DIRECTIONS

Special Note: To insure that the sample stays intact during shipping, please place tape (electrical) around the edge of the petri dish and place back in the original zip-lock bag.

The PRO-LAB® Professional Mold Test Kit requires a $30 lab fee. Place the petri dish in the enclosed pre-paid postage envelope along with the information form, and a check, money order (made payable to PRO-LAB®)or credit card voucher for $30 (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or AMEX only). Mail immediately to PRO-LAB® P.O. Box 267730, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33326-9914. Within two weeks after PRO-LAB ® has received your sample, we will send an easy to read evaluation indicating the exact type and count of mold present.

EXPRESS FAX SERVICE

Express Fax Service is available for an additional $15. In order to use the express service, you must send the sample, the information form with fax number and proper payment to PRO-LAB ® using an overnight shipping company such as Federal Express, Airborne Express or UPS. Send the sample to PRO-LAB®, 1675 N. Commerce Parkway, Suite 100, Weston, FL 33326. (An express sample can only be received Monday – Friday). Within 72 hours of our receipt you will receive your faxed results.

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