Question: We have black mold in our basement along the wall where water damage occurred 5 years ago. It has been there for some time and the basement smells terribly musty.
I have developed an allergic reaction in my eyes and my father’s coughing has worsened. We would like to have it tested as soon as possible. Since the mould is in the concrete wall, how would we extract samples? Thank you for your help.
Answer: To get a sample of the mold, please get clear scotch tape. Cut about 3 inches and stick the tape on the surface with mold. Peel the tape and stick it on a plastic bag (e.g., ziplock bag). If the surface is wet, you can use a swab or Q-tip. Put the sample in an envelope and send it to us by mail or you can bring it to the lab. You can get more information on the web page http://www.moldbacteria.com/moldtesting_for_homeowners.html Please contact us by phone at 905-290-9101 if you have further questions.