Ordering the environmental mold test kit:
- If you’re just getting the typical mold test, it’s test #1, as a one day swiffer kit test, for $240 (tests for 36 mold types – ERMI, with HERTSMI2 included).
- If you’d prefer a lesser cost test for just 5 mold types, as per the original research from Dr. Shoemaker, the HERTSMI-2 alone (ie, there’s medical decision that can be made on that test alone, but over time, it’s become more aware that it can be incomplete), it’s test #3, as a one day swiffer kit test, for $130.
- If you want the full testing which includes endotoxins and actinomyces, it’s test #8, as a one day swiffer kit test, for $565.
- You can always order test #1 or #3, and after results are in, if they are negative (thus suggesting concerns for endotoxins and/or actinomyces), you can then call and ask them to add on the endotoxin and actinomyces tests (they keep the samples for a period of time). They will honor the bundled testing discount for a lower total cost (but best to double check when you order, to be sure nothing has changed about their policies, vs. the time of this instruction posting).
Please provide your provider’s email address when you order it, as they should then be allowed to send the results to your provider directly.
You’ll want to test no more than 2 rooms in the house with a single swipe cloth (one cloth per kit). Pick the rooms with the highest suspicion of mold. When people don’t have any rooms of suspicion, in the home, we suggest the bedroom (large # of hours spent there in a 24hr period), and either the kitchen or a bathroom – these two rooms have a higher likelihood of unidentified water damage behind walls, beneath floors, above ceilings, etc.
The ideal surfaces to test are areas that are cleaned/dusted roughly monthly. Areas cleaned too often can read as less moldy than is actually the case; areas cleaned too infrequently can read as more moldy than actually is the case (because it reflects an accumulation over time). If you’re not able to find areas that meet these criteria, you will want to clean surfaces you will intend to later test with a strong cleaning solution – even some form of alcohol. Wait at least 3 weeks, then swipe those surfaces with the cloth. Any findings from the cloth swiping will be reflective of mold spores, attached to dust spores, that have settled on those surfaces from the last 3 weeks – ie, new/current exposure. In total, you should swipe the equivalent of roughly 10 square feet of surface area on the cloth (at least 3ft x 3ft).
Another option is to cut up a garbage bag from the middle of a roll/box into patches of 10 square feet, tape them down on the floor(s), wait 3 weeks, then swipe those areas – dust from these sites will all be new, and enough in square footage area.