After my journey with toxic mold, I realized just how important it was to share what I had learned throughout the process. There are so many of us out there, struggling to make sense of what to do and how to do it. This page is a resource page. It includes the following categories (click on the category name to jump to that content):
Mold Testing & Detection
Air Filters and Purifiers
Toxic Mold Related Products
Go out and get yourself a moisture meter like this one or this one. Test EVERYTHING! Test your floors. Test every wall in your home. Test base boards. Test under windows. Test around doors. Literally test every wall in your home.
Each meter will come with a guide. If any of your walls or floor spaces show elevated levels of moisture, you can bet you have the right conditions for toxic mold to grow in.
If your moisture levels come back high, you probably want to get a sense of just how extensive the affected area is. Thermo Imaging is a great way to see inside walls and floors without tearing into them and releasing millions of mold spores. You don’t absolutely need to take this step just yet. But eventually, you will need to see just how much of your home is affected.
If you want to take a look yourself, there is a really cool thermos imaging phone app. You can learn more about it here. The other option is a handheld thermos imaging device like this one. You can also hire people to come do this for you.
The ERMI or HERTSMI Test
I cannot stress this enough. You MUST run an ERMI or a HERTSMI test. These tests will tell you exactly what species of mold are present and at what level. You will receive a breakdown of the individual spores and spore counts as well an overall ERMI or HERTSMI score. The higher the score, the more quickly you need to get out of your home.
I used Mycometrics for our initial ERMI tests. They are the gold-standard when it comes to the ERMI test. If you would like a less expensive option that is still really solid, give EMSL Analytical a shot. I used them to test our shed and was pleased. They are not as detailed but that’s ok. You still get all the main mold categories covered. momsAWARE is actually offering a subsidized test kit so if you are on a budget, I’d order through them for sure.
The Mycotoxin Test
While mold can wreak havoc on your health, the mycotoxins they produce are the real killers. I used Real Time Labs to test for Mycotoxins.
Mold Test Plates
Not everyone can afford the more expensive testing options. You might also not be 100% sure that you have a mold problem. If you are looking for a simple, inexpensive test that helps you determine your next course of action, there are two options that are very solid. I wrote an entire post discussing my experience with these test kits so please visit An Affordable Mold Test to get the full scoop.
Products We Used To Keep Ourselves Safe When Cleaning Out Our Home
Products We Purchased To Help Keep Our New Living Environment Mold Free
(You MUST have a high quality HEPA vacuum with a sealed system)
Surviving Mold (This is Dr. Shoemaker’s site and really is the best site out there. Spend a lot of time here and if you feel compelled, grab the one month membership and gain access to all of his documents.)
Dr. Jack Thrasher’s site (he is the toxicologist that we worked with. His site is a little old-school but there is a TON of information there! In some ways, I like it better than the Surviving Mold site. You just have to patiently wade though the site design flaws.)