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ERMI vs. Air Sampling

Purposes and Applications We occasionally get questions regarding ERMI (Environmental Relative Moldiness Index) and the different results that may be obtained versus Spore Trap air quality testing. This is generally because some doctors request that symptomatic patients get an ERMI test. While an ERMI may sometimes be useful, it is…

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Is This Mold?

No it’s Efflorescence – You have probably seen efflorescence at some time. Oftentimes, water invades building materials. This water, containing mineral salts, then migrates to the surface of a material and evaporates, where it leaves a coating of salt. The fluffy white deposit, sometimes known as “saltpetering” can normally be…

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Will Bleach Kill Mold?

Many people think Bleach is the go-to to “kill” mold, but this can cause more damage than good. OSHA and the EPA have specifically advised AGAINST the use of bleach for mold remediation for several reasons. Bleach’s main function is to disinfect and bleach the color. It can only disinfect…

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Mold Exposure and Your Baby

Mold can hide in many places, and mold exposure symptoms in babies disguise themselves, often appearing as other conditions, therefore, it is not always possible to immediately detect mold related illnesses when they present themselves. Inhaling mold spores can cause sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes, wheezing, and coughing, much…

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What is Toxic “Black Mold”?

The term “Toxic Mold” is often called “Black Mold”. There is only one type of mold that is commonly called “toxic” or “black” mold. This is Stachybotrys chartarum. It is important to note that not all molds that appear black are Stachybotrys. While the Stachybotrys mold itself is not toxic,…

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What is mold and Is it in my home?

Mold Testing: Does Your Property Need it? A mold is a type of fungus that grows in filaments and reproduces by forming mold spores that cannot be seen by the naked human eye. Mold can grow and thrive in any season, indoors or outdoors, in damp, warm and humid environments,…

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How much mold is “safe”?

As explained in a previous blog, it is not necessarily the amount of surficial mold growth that is a potential issue in a home, office or other indoor environment; it is the quantity and type(s) of airborne mold.  Airborne mold is what you are exposed to in your body via…

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Expert Mold Test on News Channel 8

Expert Mold Test was interviewed by News Channel 8 regarding a potential mold issue at Plato Academy in Largo. Click here to view the interview: Mold concerns at Largo’s Plato Academy have parents scared

Did you know that all homes have mold spores in the air?

The ubiquitous mold spores, invisible to the naked eye, can be found everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Think of mold spores as microscopic seeds. Being microscopic and light, spores make their way into your home merely by floating in the air every time you open a door or window, or, like a…

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Do It Yourself Mold Removal

Many homeowners are interested in doing mold removal themselves. And in some cases, it does make sense to handle a small household mold problem yourself. But in numerous situations it’s necessary to call in a professional for a mold inspection & testing or even a mold remediation company that knows…

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