How To Test For Mold in Your Home (Beginners Friendly)

In this guide we will show you how to do a quick and easy tape lift sample for mold growth in your home.

Generally, mold in your home is not an issue nor cause for concern. However, mold growth on the other hand is a different story.

If you find mold growing on your walls, furniture or on your clothes, that is a sign that you could have a moisture problem and its important to act quickly to prevent damage to your personal items or even the structure of your home.

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Low Cost DIY Mold Test

Taking a tape lift is a simple method to collect samples for mold testing. Remember, if you suspect a significant mold problem or have health concerns, it’s advisable to consult a professional mold inspector.

Click on the video below to watch our video on how to do a tape lift sample.

Here are some materials you’ll need:

  • Clear adhesive tape (scotch tape or similar)
  • Scissors
  • Ziplock bags or clean containers
  • Pen and paper for labeling

Step 1: Preparing for the Test: Before you begin, make sure you’re wearing protective gear such as disposable gloves and a dust mask as needed.

Step 2: Identifying Potential Mold Growth Areas: Look for areas where you suspect mold growth. Common places include bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and areas with water damage.

Step 3: Collecting the Sample

  1. Cut a piece of clear adhesive tape to around 2-3 inches in length. This will be used to collect the mold sample.
  2. Gently press the sticky side of the tape onto the surface you suspect has mold growth. Press firmly, but not too hard.
  3. Carefully peel the tape off the surface. The mold spores should stick to the tape.

Step 4: Sealing the Sample

  1. Place the tape onto a clean surface like a Ziplock bag or a clean container. Make sure the sticky side with the collected mold is facing up.
  2. Seal the container or bag tightly to prevent any contamination.

Step 5: Labeling

  1. Use a pen and paper to label the sample information about the sample. Include details like the date, location where the sample was taken, and any notes about the suspected issue.
  2. This labeling is crucial for accurate analysis and interpretation of the results.

Step 6: Sending for Analysis

  1. Contact a professional mold testing laboratory to inquire about their process for analyzing tape lift samples.
  2. Follow their instructions for sending the sample, along with any required forms or documentation.
  3. Many labs offer mail-in services, but be sure to check their guidelines for packaging and shipping.

Conducting a tape lift test for mold growth can help you identify potential problems in your home.

Remember, while this method can provide valuable information, it’s always recommended to consult with professionals if you’re concerned about mold exposure or extensive infestations.

Your health and well-being are a top priority.

Mold testing and remediation can be complex, and in cases of severe mold infestations or health concerns, it’s best to consult with certified professionals to ensure proper handling and accurate results.

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