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Testing for mold & mildew

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August 2002

i have discovered wall to wall mold under the 4 yr old paint in my daughter's room. does anyone know how to determine the extent and hazard of hidden mold ' a test or service ' any tips on dehumidifiers or what certain weather brings ' we used a humidifier alot in the winter when she was sick, but try to open the windows daily. thanks for any advice. andrea


Can anyone recommend a good mold inspector? My husband and I are buying a house, and we've only got a week to do all the inspections. Since we're in a big rush, it would be great if you could e-mail me your suggestions
Mold Identification In an attempt to detect allegens triggering/exacerbating my son's asthma. The most rigorous way to do this is to sample air sucked through a vacumm pump and filter, which is then assayed. A San Diego lab rents the setup and does the lab portion, for several hundred bucks (previous poster sent this but lost the address) They also recommended doing a Google web search that turned up a less rigorous, but good enough for them option: get a set of culture plates sold through National Allergy Supply, exposing the plates for a set period of time, then sending them to a lab in New York for culture/analysis. They said it costs $40 to $60. David
June 2002

Sometime ago, someone posted information about testing your home for the presence of mold/mildew, particularly for individuals with allergies. Is there a service that can do this? Does anyone have any recommendations or advice about the process of having this done? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. -Lisa and Mike


after repeated sinus infections, i thought the problem might be environmental, so i obtained a few names of "mold people."

Robert of Jacob's Maintenance (887-1719) made some recommendations(air cleaner, de-humidifier) without actually seeing our house based on hearing about heavy window condensation (soon to be resolved with replacing our c. 1936 ones). His cleaning service picks up where normal house cleaners leave off. Sounds like he does deep cleaning and special projects. I can definitely see using his services...

the other people whose name was passed to us, i have not spoken with. apparently, Safe Environments (415-302-4397 or 510-54-99693) will do an assessment of your house. we'd heard that they did an assessment of a house (the inhabitants were sick a lot) to the tune of $1,700 - and no written report. it sounds pretty high, and turns out the people were not getting sick from their house. good luck.


March 2002

We're looking for somebody who can test household air to detect the presence of molds or other unwanted bugs. Any ideas? Marty


I recently went through this drill trying to ID allegens triggering/exacerbating my son's asthma.

The most rigorous way to do this is air sampling. A vacumm pump sucks ambient air through a filter. The filter is assayed. There is a lab in San Diego that rents the setup and does the lab portion, but it was several hundred bucks, and I've lost the address - I found it using Google, you can too!

Less rigorous, but good enough for me, was a set of culture plates sold through National Allergy Supply. You expose the plates for a set period of time, then send them to a lab in New York for culture and analysis. It seems like it was $40 to $60. They are also on the web.

Mold levels in my digs were too low to worry about, by the way. Basement Dweller


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