Our Mould Test Kit has been developed to evaluate the relative concentration of mould spores in a specific location (e.g. bedroom, classroom, and/or office) in comparison to the natural environment background.
It would not be possible for an untrained person to identify different mould types just by looking at the dish. Detail microscopic analysis is required. If you require mould identification, contact our laboratory.
If the mould covers the entire dish, it indicates a high concentration of mould spores in the testing environment. Also, some species of mould can develop rather aggressively and cover the dish quickly (2-3 days)
Placing a dish outside provides a control sample, allowing you to compare indoor mould levels to natural, outdoor mould levels. This helps determine if indoor mould concentrations are abnormally high.
Absolutely! First, prepare the area by following pre-test instructions. Next, open the petri dish and expose it to the air for the time recommended. Seal the dish, label it, and incubate as instructed. After the incubation period, compare the results with the reference guide.
Count the number of mould colonies in the dish and compare them to the reference chart in the booklet. A higher number of colonies indoors compared to the outdoor control indicates elevated indoor mould levels. For in-depth interpretations, consult a mould expert.
Close all windows and doors at least 12 hours before conducting the test. This helps capture an accurate representation of the indoor air quality.
Vacuuming can disturb mould spores, artificially increasing their presence in the air. To ensure accurate results, avoid vacuuming for at least 24 hours before the test.
Some indoor plants can harbour mould on their soil or leaves. Removing them ensures they don't influence the test results.
Yes, pets can carry mould spores on their fur or introduce them from outdoors. While they might slightly affect the results, it's essential to consider all potential mould sources.
Use a permanent marker to label each dish with the room's name and the date of the test. This ensures accurate tracking and comparison of results.
A consistent, warm environment, typically around 70-77°F (21-25°C), is ideal. Place dishes in a dark location away from direct sunlight.
Overgrowth typically appears as a dense, uncountable mass of mould. If you observe this before 5 days, it suggests a high concentration of mould spores. Ideally you should count the colonies before this situation occurs.
White or slimy colonies might represent bacteria or other non-mould microorganisms. Focus on distinct mould colonies for accurate results.
Higher indoor mould levels suggest potential mould sources indoors or conditions promoting mould growth, like dampness or poor ventilation.
Seasonal changes can influence mould spore levels due to factors like humidity, temperature, and precipitation. Typically, wetter seasons may show elevated spore counts.
Stachybotrys, commonly known as "black mould," thrives in persistently damp environments. Water damage provides the ideal conditions for its growth.
Observe the colour, texture, and growth pattern. Compare these traits with reference images in the booklet or consult a professional for precise identification.
Prolonged exposure can lead to respiratory issues, allergies, and in some cases, more severe health problems, especially for those with weakened immune systems or mould sensitivities.
While photos can provide a general idea, they may not capture enough detail for precise identification. For a thorough analysis, consider sending a physical sample or consulting a mould expert in person.
Ensure proper ventilation, fix leaks promptly, use dehumidifiers in humid areas, and regularly check for signs of mould, addressing any growth immediately.