A diagram showing the different parts of a house.

What is Mold? What is a Mold Spore?

  • Mold eats and destroys normal building materials used in your home when they get wet
  • Mold reproduces and spreads by shedding microscopic mold spores in the air
  • Mold spores travel through the air and we breathe them in – sometimes in large enough amounts that are unhealthy.
  • Indoor mold types that can damage your home and health include:
    • Aspergillus / Penicillium / Trichoderma
    • Stachybotrys / Chaetomium / Ulocladium
    • Cladosporium / Alternaria / Curvularia

Mold: A Growing Concern

  • Protect your biggest investment
  • Live healthier
  • Because you’re not only buying a home, you’re also buying the air in it.
Relative size of particles in the air.

Mold Facts You Need To Know

  • Water is the problem, mold is the result of excess water
  • Mold can grow and produce spores in as little as 24 – 48 hours
  • Most thrive in temperatures we feel comfortable in
  • Airborne mold can be inhaled
  • Presence of mold growth can impact your health, at home, the office or school

What does mold do when growing in buildings?

  • Ruin building materials
  • Destroy personal possessions
  • Can cause allergies
  • Can trigger asthma

Health Effects of Mold Exposure

Allergic Reaction (Most Common)

Caused by inhalation or direct contact with mold

Asthma (Second Most Common)

Mold spores can trigger an attack and make asthma worse


Developed after acute or chronic exposure

Opportunistic Infections

Cause disease in rare circumstances

Do You Experience Any Sensitivity?

Exposure to mold is known to cause:

  • Itching or irritation of the eyes, nose, throat or skin.
  • Burning sensation on skin or rashes
  • Sinus infections or congestion (runny nose)
  • Musty odor
  • Respiratory problems (sneezing or coughing)
  • Frequent or onset headaches or migraines
  • Changes in breathing patterns
  • Fatigue

How Can I Be Exposed Mold?

  • Breathing in spores from air
  • Skin contact from handling moldy items
  • Eating moldy foods
  • Contact with moldy clothing, carpet, drapes, furniture, fabric & leather

Did You Know?

Most people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors and are not aware of the health hazards created by mold.

Why You Should Test?

  • To answer the question, “Do I have a hidden mold growing in my home?”
  • To know what kind of mold you may have
  • To avoid unseen potential health risks
  • To maintain the healthy state of your home
  • To solve building defects such as dry rot, warping and deterioration of your home
  • To avoid future expense of a massive remediation
  • Peace of mind when buying or selling a house


Where to Check for Visible Mold:

  • Bathroom
    • Around the bathtub or shower
    • Around & Under sink
    • Under & Behind Toilet
    • Around bathroom vanity
  • Kitchen
    • Around & Under the sink where leakage might occur
    • Behind and Under Refrigerator
  • Floors, wall cavities and ceilings directly above or below a bathroom or kitchen
  • Attic & Basement Spaces
  • Laundry Area
  • Around Water Heater
  • Around & Inside AC Unit & Vents
  • Garage (Especially when directly attached to entrance of home)
  • Clothing
  • Carpet & Rugs
  • Behind vinyl wall coverings
  • Surface walls behind furniture

When to Check for Mold

If you answer YES to any of the following questions, it is recommend you TEST right away.

Have you had recent indoor water event?

50% of all homes have been water compromised (even brand new homes). Common causes:

  • Recent severe storm (wind and rain)
  • Construction defects
  • Poor filtration in HVAC
  • Plumbing problems
  • Improper insulation, ventilation or grading
  • Basement floods or leaks
  • Roof /ceiling leaks
  • Presence of items that are damaged by water

Have you seen visible mold?

Any substance growing that looks:

  • Velvety
  • Slimy
  • White
  • Black
  • Green
  • Pink
  • Smelly
  • Discoloration

Places You Might Not Have Checked

Mold Testing Made Simple

Your home inspector has been trained and educated by PRO-LAB® to collect the appropriate samples. Your home inspector will take one air sample per 1000 square feet, including a control sample outside. Your home inspector will also collect a swab or tape sample from any visible mold growth. You will get a quick and accurate results. You do not have to do anything, your home inspector will take care of everything for you

In Conclusion

Protect your property and possessions. Identify the RED Flags that can indicate a water problem. The value of testing is that it identifies and determines the cause of a mold problem. Testing is the first step in correction of a mold problem. Be proactive and find problems before they get large and expensive. Mold testing is not a real estate deal breaker – it can be cleaned

PRO-LAB® Solutions

  • PRO-LAB® is an American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) accredited laboratory
  • PRO-LAB® is an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory
  • PRO-LAB® has a PhD Mycologist on staff to answer your questions and help guide your solutions
  • Fast turnaround times that fit your needs
  • Easy to read laboratory mold repots
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