The IAQ Mold and Allergen Test Kit measures primary allergens in homes, schools, and buildings, and reports to you their levels and risk of producing symptoms to those exposed
Molds are a frequent cause of allergies and asthma attacks. They are common to our environment and are found in the outdoor air as well as the indoor environment. If molds become elevated in the indoor environment or if certain molds begin to growth on indoor building materials, risk to human health is increased. Mold spores can be allergenic and certain molds release chemicals known as mycotoxins, which can cause more serious health consequences. Mycotoxins can have toxic effects on the lungs and central nervous system. Homes and buildings that experience water damage through roof and wall leaks, toilet overflows, and excessive humidity are more vulnerable to mold growth. Molds may include Penicillium, Stachybotrys, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Eurotium, and others. Certain species of mold are more dangerous than others.
How do I know if I should test?Person within the home or building suffers from allergies or asthma Your healthcare provider has found you to be allergic to moldsUnexplained eye, nose, throat irritation, headaches or chronic runny noses existUnusual fatigue or central nervous system effects are noticedThe environment has a musty odor Relative humidity in environment frequently exceeds 65%Environment is excessively dusty Environment is often warm and humidThere is obvious mold growth on building surfaces and materials
How is the test conducted?
The test kit will provide you with a special dust collection bag, which fits your normal vacuum cleaner. Settled dust is collected from suspect areas of the environment. Typically, a composite dust sample is collected from the flooring, baseboards, and material surfaces. If water leakage into building walls is suspected, dust can be collected within a wall cavity. The collected dust is sent back to AQS where a complete analysis for mold is conducted in AQS' AIHA accredited microbiology laboratory.
What type of report will I receive?
After the dust has been cultured for mold content, the results will be reported back to you in a simple, easy to read test report. The types of mold measured will be reported along with their levels. Molds will be reported to the species level, since this level of detail will provide a better assessment of potential health hazards.
What are the benefits of the IAQ Mold Test Kit? Easy to use, self-administered kit with return envelopeSimple to use with a standard vacuum cleanerApplicable to common building dust, construction dust, or dust in wall cavitiesResults will indicate whether or not mold is present and to what degree An easy to read report will let you know if there is a riskResults will alert you of the need to clean or adjust your environment to reduce riskInformation is available for your healthcare provider to assist in reducing or eliminating your symptoms
All shipping and packaging included in the price.
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