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           Q.  I recently performed one of your  "open air" mold tests and had the results analyzed at an independent lab. The lab found four separate molds to be present and reported them in "Colony Forming Units":

Acremonium sp. ---------- 1 CFU
Cladosporium sp. --------- 4 CFU
Penicillium sp. ------------- 1 CFU
Mucor sp. ------------------ TNTC (Too Numerous To Count)

Based on the results the Mucor sp. is the most present and at a very high level. After some initial research on the web I am finding the Mucor sp. can lead to a number of health problems including respiratory and rhinitis conditions. Do you feel this should be dealt with as a health hazard? I know that molds  exist everywhere which is why I am wondering if this should be any reason for concern? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

A.  Mucor usually results from water damage to building materials in a home. As you have already discovered, Mucor causes serious health problems. Read about mold health problems in the mold health section of Mold and Mold Health.  Mold infestation in your home can imperil both your health and your home investment. The very high "too numerous to count" result of your one mold test should motivate you to do a more thorough and comprehensive mold inspection and mold testing of your home, including mold testing the air of the basement/crawl space, attic, each room, and the outward air flow from each heating/cooling duct register to determine the possible presence of elevated levels of airborne mold spores, in comparison to your outdoor mold control test. Cladosporium could also be a problem, but the additional mold testing is necessary to know that for sure. You can either hire a Certified Mold Inspector or go the do it yourself mold test kits available from a large hardware, home improvement, or safety store and do many more mold tests, including the important outdoor mold control test, against which you compare your indoor mold test results. Learn how to do a mold inspection. Please use do it yourself mold test kits to mold test your entire home for mold infestation both before and after mold remediation efforts. You can buy mold test kits from a large hardware, home improvement, or safety store. Most mold removal efforts fail because of the failure to follow the 25 steps recommended for safe and effective mold remediation and mold abatement. Mold test the air of any attic/basement/crawl space, garage, each room, and the outward air flow from each heating/cooling duct register for the possible presence of elevated levels of airborne mold spores, in comparison to your outdoor mold control test.  You should also collect samples of any visible mold for mold lab analysis and mold species identification by using the Scotch tape lift sampling technique. Collect a different mold sample from each different mold growth location. You can use our very helpful mold self-analysis forms to compare indoor mold test VISUAL RESULTS with the outdoor mold control test visual results---or send to your selected Mold  Laboratory for skilled mold lab analysis and mold species identification.

Q. Presently i am in the process of buying a home. During the inspection we found a 3ft by 3ft area beneath the kitchen sink wet with mold formation indication. We did a surface swab sample analysis and found the presence of "Stachybotrys spores”. Immediately the seller treated the area with bleach and replaced the Sheetrock. For further analysis i have performed an Indoor and out door air sampling and found the following spore identification results.
                                                                           Indoor Spores/m³                      Outdoor Spores/m³  
Cladosporium spores                                                  56                                                1470
Peronospora/Oidium spores                                          0                                                  259
Penicillium/Aspergillus group                                       63                                                      0
Alternaria spores                                                         56                                                1771
Aureobasidium spores                                                   7                                                    56
Drechslera/Bipolaris group                                            0                                                  322
Curvularia spores                                                          0                                                      7
Stachybotrys spores                                                     7                                                      0
Epicoccum spores                                                        7                                                      7
Trichoderma spores                                                  784                                                      0

We are told the Black mold [Stachybotrys] is among the list of spores identified. Being a novice on this subject i am stuck on what to do. I would appreciate your second opinion and advice.

       A. Bleach is not effective for killing mold. Visit: Bleach and Mold to learn why bleach is not good at killing mold on porous materials such as construction materials. Learn the ten steps required for safe and effective mold remediation. Your own testing reveals four REMAINING serious mold species threats indoors in the area of your testing: Stachybotrys, Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Trichoderma. When a mold is present in an indoor sample, but not in the outdoor control sample, the presumption is that there is an indoor source for the mold contamination. Stachy is considered the most dangerous mold species of all because of its capability to destroy brain tissue once Stachy starts growing in the mold victim's body. Aspergillus is the second most dangerous mold specie because of its severe respiratory health effects and it being a known cancer-causer. Penicillium is the third most unhealthy mold. Thus, that house you want to buy has the distinction of being the infestation location for the top 3 most dangerous mold species. In addition, the fourth mold species present only indoors in your home, Trichoderma, causes severe respiratory problems.  Doing just ONE indoor mold test is inadequate to know the true extent of mold infestation in a building. You should hire a Certified Mold Inspector to thoroughly mold inspect and mold test the entire house, including its heating/cooling system which is probably mold-cross-contaminated because of the movement of airborne mold spores from the known mold infestation location. Alternatively, follow our do-it-BEST-yourself mold inspection and mold testing advice at Toxic Mold Inspection


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