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1. Working in a moldy workplace?
2. Renting a moldy rental house, apartment, condo, office, or commercial building?
3. Sick from staying in a moldy hotel, motel, or resort room?
4. Living in a moldy home purchased from a seller or new home builder who failed to disclose known mold infestations?
5. Having a water intrusion or mold damage problem caused by an adjoining condominium, co-op apartment, or your home owners association?
6. Making mortgage payments to a lender for a moldy house, condo, or commercial building?
7. Being unable to pay for needed mold remediation because your insurance company has wrongfully denied your water or mold damage insurance claim?
8. Living or working in a moldy house or building that was improperly or incompletely mold remediated by a mold remediation company?
9. Sick from living or working in a building water and mold damaged by a negligent building contractor such as a roofing, plumbing, or air conditioning company?
10. Attending school or teaching or working in a school that is mold-infested?

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How To Do Scotch Tape Lift Tape Sampling

Q. March 12, 2012. We live in Iwakuni, Japan. My son has a class V allergy on two types of molds (alternaria tenuis and Stemphylium botryosum) and a Class III on Mucorracemosus and Clasdosporium herbarium,  a class one on Penicillium notatum and, a 0/I on aspergillus fumigates. Since we have arrived to Japan he has missed three weeks of school and basketball. He got pneumonia/flu and has asthma.  It is has been three weeks and he still has fluid in his lungs and he is still on prednisone. I am trying to work with the military to get us back to the states and I need supporting evidence that mold is a problem here and with his allergies he should not be here.  Even though everyone knows it is I need evidence to document. Is there anything you can do to help. How much would it cost to have to have you do testing in our apartment? We live in a tower, the last one on base being renovated. We do not have visible mold in our apartment at the moment, but our neighbors did. Whenever mold is reported they just paint over it, so I suspect this apartment has had mold in the past but they just paint over it. 

A. I'm sorry your son has having such health problems. Your son's mold allergy problems and asthma problems are likely related (as you suspect) to exposure to elevated levels of mold in either your home or in his school (many schools are mold infested). You are correct that painting over mold growth does nothing except to give more food to the mold to eat for its continued mold growth.  You can start by doing mold testing of your home using the well-established Scotch tape lift tape sampling technique. I would suggest you submit at least two or three samples (more is better by testing a wide variety of locations) from various locations in your rental apartment, such as the bottom inside of the heating/air conditioning duct (remove the grill register, if possible, to have full access inside the air duct for lift tape sampling)  in your son's bedroom or of the family living room. Another good location is to find where dust has settled in your apartment such as on top of a refrigerator or on top of the wood trim around a doorway. You can even do a sampling of a carpeted or rug area by pressing the sampling tape very firmly and deeply into the carpet or rug pile to collect any mold spores deposited therein. Sampling a horizontal surface will enable you to collect mold spores that have been deposited/landed on each lift tape location. If you find any visible mold growth, be sure to take a lift tape sample of it by pressing the Scotch tape firmly against the mold growth and then removing the tape with its now collected mold spores.  After you have collected your samples, you next pay US $50.00 for non-viable (done immediately with growing the mold sample first) lift tape sample that you wish to submit to our USA mold lab for mold species identification and quantification. You do this in the mold lab analysis section of After you pay your lab fees, we will email you the lab payment receipt along with the lab's USA mailing address to which you will mail the mold samplings. Follow these easy steps for do-it-yourself mold sample collection---

(1) Use inexpensive, transparent, sticky, one inch wide adhesive tape, such as Scotch® brand tape, cut into three inch long strips to collect the mold samples.
(2) Record each lift tape sample collected onto the Chain of Custody form, attached hereto as an email attachment. On the chain of custody form, ask for "non-viable" testing (for which results are available in 48 hours or less).
(3) Provide the complete information on the Chain of Custody form, including, but not limited to, the precise lift tape sampling location (such as “master bedroom dresser surface ”,  “kitchen counter”, “west wall of guest bedroom”, “living room carpeting in middle of room”).
(4) While doing the lift tape sampling wear rubber gloves and a low-cost N-95 breathing mask (available at most pharmacies, safety stores, and hardware stores). 
(5) Press the tape strip firmly (sticky side down) onto the visible mold growth or onto the suspect surface being tested, such as the inside surface of a heating/cooling duct register..
(6) Remove (peel back) the tape from the surface.
(7) Then, attach the tape (sticky side containing the possible mold samplings downward) onto a non-stick plastic food wrapping paper such as “Saran Wrap” or to the inside side wall of a ziplock type of small, clear storage bag..
(8) Put the collected mold sample into a small ziplock bag (one bag per mold sample analyzed). Close (zip shut) the ziplock bag completely. Tape it shut if necessary to make sure no airborne mold spores can escape.
(9) Attach to the outside of the ziplock bag a large adhesive label with the tester’s name, date of sampling, property address, the precise testing location at that address (e.g., “air conditioning duct register in living room”), testing method (“lift tape sampling”), and the name, postal address, email address, phone number, fax number (if any), and email address of the person submitting the sample to the mold lab.
10. Mail the mold samples, your completed chain of custody form, and your lab receipt to the lab.  
The lab will email you the test results.
Please email me with any additional questions you may have. Thanks, Phillip Fry, Certified Environmental Hygienist, Certified Mold Inspector, and Certified Mold Remediator

Viable versus Non-Viable Mold Lab Analysis
by Phillip Fry, Certified Environmental Hygienist

Dec. 4, 2011.  After you have collected mold samples from your home, condo, office, workplace, or other building using lift tape sampling, bulk samples, or mold test kits, you will send your collected mold samples to a certified mold lab for mold species identification and quantification (how many mold spores or mold colonies of each type of mold species in each mold sample) such as Mold Mart's partner mold lab.

When you submit mold samples to a lab, you have to make an important decision as to each sample: Do you want viable analysis, non-viable analysis, or have both methods utilized.  Here are the pro's and con's of these two mold analysis procedures---

Viable Analysis
Some or all of the sampling material is inoculated (inserted) into a lab Petri dish containing a good mold growth food such as malt agar.  Then the sampling is allowed to grow (if it does) for a full 7 days (many molds don't begin growing until 3 to 5 days after inoculation). If no mold colonies grow during that seven days, that means that the mold spores/mold colonies in the submitted sample are DEAD, and therefore less of a health threat than live, growing mold. But even the smell of dead mold can make mold sensitive people sick. The advantages of viable analysis are two-fold compared to non-viable analysis: (a) you know if the mold spores/colonies are living or dead; and (b) by growing the mold sampling for 7 days, the mold species identification is more accurate than non-viable analysis. The disadvantages are also two-fold: (a) instead of the immediate analysis of the submitted samples, there is at least a 7 day delay in getting the mold lab analysis done and the lab report issued; (b) the lab fee is higher because more time and labor are expended by lab personnel.

Non-Viable Analysis:  Your submitted mold sample is put immediately under the microscope for mold species identification without growing (culturing) the mold sample. A highly-trained and experienced lab microbiologist can identify most mold species in the non-viable method.  The advantages: (a) quick mold analysis and report; and (b) less cost than viable analysis.  The disadvantages: (a) because there has been no mold growing of the sample, DEAD spores will be counted as well as any live spores; and (b) the mold species identification is not as accurate as viable mold analysis. 

Combination of Both Methods:  You can maximize the benefits of each method by paying for both non-viable analysis (done first), followed by viable analysis of the sample(s).
©2011 Phillip Fry, All Rights Reserved.

Hidden Moisture Meter
Use a hidden moisture detector to check for elevated moisture levels inside construction timbers, new home construction framing, walls, floors, ceilings, bathroom areas, kitchen area, laundry room, attic, basement, etc.
Wood is considered dry at 16 to 17% moisture content. In the photo on the left, the hidden moisture meter detects that the wood framing in the closet has a moisture content percentage of 22.8, evidencing a moisture problem that can cause mold to grow on and in the timbers.

The photo was taken by Certified Mold Inspector Hank Taylor.

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