Breathe Easy

You’ve heard of “homesick,” but what about “house sick?” That’s when mold levels are higher inside your home than outside. My Mold Detective lets you test for mold in a way that’s easy, accurate, and much less expensive than calling in an indoor air quality (IAQ) professional. Founder Fred Rodriguez spent years in the building industry, seeing firsthand the need for affordable IAQ services. His mold test kit includes professional lab testing and a report that interprets the results for you. Other do-it-yourself home test kits don’t. My Mold Detective also includes tape for lifting samples from surfaces and a pump for taking indoor and outdoor samples. One sample is used to establish the level of mold concentration outside your home. This acts as the “control” sample. Simply set up the control sample and then as many indoor samples as you want to test. Register online, send your samples to the lab in the prepaid envelope, and in five to seven business days you’ll receive a professional report that details the kinds of mold you have and whether the levels are unsafe. (You can also opt for expedited test results.) Note that you pay a lab testing fee for each sample you submit. Still, it’s far more affordable than hiring a professional. With My Mold Detective, you’ll know if it’s time to call in a remediation specialist or if you can breathe easy.

My Mold Detective

Indoor Air Quality Test

Breathe Easy

You’ve heard of “homesick,” but what about “house sick?” That’s when mold levels are higher inside your home than outside. My Mold Detective lets you test for mold in a way that’s easy, accurate, and much less expensive than calling in an indoor air quality (IAQ) professional. Founder Fred Rodriguez spent years in the building industry, seeing firsthand the need for affordable IAQ services. His mold test kit includes professional lab testing and a report that interprets the results for you. Other do-it-yourself home test kits don’t. My Mold Detective also includes tape for lifting samples from surfaces and a pump for taking indoor and outdoor samples. One sample is used to establish the level of mold concentration outside your home. This acts as the “control” sample. Simply set up the control sample and then as many indoor samples as you want to test. Register online, send your samples to the lab in the prepaid envelope, and in five to seven business days you’ll receive a professional report that details the kinds of mold you have and whether the levels are unsafe. (You can also opt for expedited test results.) Note that you pay a lab testing fee for each sample you submit. Still, it’s far more affordable than hiring a professional. With My Mold Detective, you’ll know if it’s time to call in a remediation specialist or if you can breathe easy.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce My Mold Detective to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/24/2015 11:17 AM

    What got you to actually create this product? Was it a single “aha” moment or was it more of a gradual process?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 11:18 AM

    Fred comes from 20 years as a contractor in the mold remediation and water mitigation industry. As a remediation contractor going out on calls we were learning how many home owners could not afford pro grade testing and recognizing that there was not a DIY option for the consumer. We realized the void in the market and sought to find a solution.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/24/2015 11:18 AM

    Did you immediately envision the product you have now? What was the process of idea to prototype?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 11:19 AM

    No, the product was originally a very industrial looking motor with a casing over it. After learning about our target market /consumer it was evident that mold testing and mold understanding was not common knowledge. It was perceived to be a very complicated/complex issue for the public. So we felt it was important to make the product simple, easy to use, and provide a design that was appealing, we made mold sexy.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/24/2015 11:19 AM

    What was your scariest moment as a business?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 11:19 AM

    The scariest moment was something that we faced initially launching our product was its perception among industry professionals. Getting buy-in from the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) professionals and their perception that we would be/our product would be taking business away from them when in reality it has improved public awareness of elevated mold conditions inside homes and business which ultimately increases their business.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/24/2015 11:20 AM

    Why is this something people should have in their homes?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 11:20 AM

    I believe that the consumers and “environmentalists” focus on and place a heavy emphasis on outdoor air quality, but in reality a majority of humans spend the majority of their time indoors. Therefore it is important to test and know what is in the air you breathe on a regular basis, what types of molds are present and in what concentrations, thus enabling everyone to assess any issues, remedy the cause of any potential concerns [if any exist] and to maintain a healthy home/office and healthy family/life.

  • Nicole
    Nicole
    8/24/2015 12:20 PM

    Will there eventually be a business model to rent the mold detective kit and just pay for each sample I want to collect and test? I love the idea of testing, but wouldn't want to invest in the kit and its base which then needs to be stored or disposed of afterwards. Plus, if I wanted to retest in 1-2 years, I'd want to make sure I was using the latest kit with the latest technology.

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 12:31 PM

    @Nicole Hi Nicole! We do not have that model set up yet, but it is a great idea and we're looking into ways to make that possible. The technology of spore trap cassette sampling has been around for quite a few years and is the industry standard, we've just recently found a way to bring it to the Do-It-Yourself consumers.

  • susan
    susan
    8/24/2015 12:27 PM

    Hi Stephanie,

    How much does it cost to test each sample?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 12:34 PM

    @susan Hello Susan! The samples are $35 per sample (indoor, outdoor and/or tape/surface) and that is for a lab analysis turnaround time of three business days from when the laboratory receives the samples. The fee includes analysis, interpretation, next steps and recommendations, and access to our network of certified and insured Remediation Contractors. Results can be expedited to one business day from when the laboratory receives the samples for $15 additional per sample.

    I hope this information is helpful! Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Thank you!

  • michael
    michael
    8/24/2015 12:35 PM

    hell0 LaunchTeam, sounds like a good product - although I find it a little worrisome that the required 'lab fee' dollar amount does not seem to be indicated anywhere. How much is this fee please? It is also confusing that the product describes "His mold test kit includes professional lab testing and a report that interprets the results for you" in paragraph 2, then paragraph 5 states "Note that you pay a lab testing fee for each sample you submit." Included or Extra - which is it? Thanks! Michael

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 12:41 PM

    @michael Hi Michael! My apologies for it not being clearly stated. The lab fees are $35 per sample. No tax or other fees are applied. The fee includes analysis, interpretation, next steps and recommendations, and access to our network of certified and insured Remediation Contractors. Results can be expedited to one business day from when the laboratory receives the samples for $15 additional per sample.

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 12:41 PM

    @Stephanie

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 12:48 PM

    @Stephanie I also thought I should mention that lab fees would be due at the time of sample registration, not at the time you are purchasing the kit. The Grommet does have our multi-room kits listed and some people decide to purchase a multi-room kit and break up the samples. For instance the 5 room kit comes with six total air samples. Some people want to use three air samples right away and save the remaining three for a different property or maybe a family member's property. The analysis fees would apply at the time they registered those samples and only for the samples they were registering at that point in time.

  • George
    George
    8/24/2015 12:44 PM

    What is the cost per sample to mail in and how many testing kits come with each accessory pack?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 12:53 PM

    @George Hi George! The kit and accessory packs come with reply mail envelopes that can hold up to 8 air samples and many surface samples. This allows for free return shipping of the samples back to the laboratory. Some individuals prefer to overnight the samples in which case we do have an options for UPS Ground and Next Day available at the time of sample registration.

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 12:55 PM

    @George Regarding the cost per sample to analyze, the fees would be $35 per sample. Analysis fees are paid at the time the samples are registered prior to mailing, no at the time the kit is purchased through The Grommet.

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 12:58 PM

    @George ... Please let me know if I'm not understanding the question correctly. But the white pump that comes in the kit is reusable. The accessory packs are simply additional air sample cassettes and surface samples. The number of samples per kit would depend on which size kit and accessory pack you would be looking at.

  • Charles
    Charles
    8/24/2015 12:53 PM

    Is this better than the test kits found at Home Depot?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 1:04 PM

    @Charles Hi Charles! That is a great questions and one we get a lot. What you are likely looking at when you go to Home Depot is the petri-dish kit. The kit comes with a plastic plate that a food media is dumped in. You let the plate sit out for a couple of days and you'll see spots start to grow. The issue with these settling plates is they will always grow mold, because mold is everywhere and naturally occurs. Some levels of certain kinds of molds are good to have. Issues arise when the mold in your home or office environment is "elevated" or at a higher concentration inside when compared to the natural ambient air outside. Spore trap cassette sampling, is the chosen methodology by Indoor Air Quality experts for testing mold. Our kit uses the same methodology and our report is the same caliber as a professional report. We add a color code and some additional interpretation to make the data consumer friendly and easier to understand.

    I hope this helps answer your question, let me know if there is anything you would like more detail on. Thank you!

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    8/24/2015 1:01 PM

    Please explain, the price of the item is $54.95, and then there is also a charge when you send in the sample's?? How much is that?

    Thank you

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 1:09 PM

    @Sharon Hi Sharon! That is correct. The Kit starts at $54.97 and that is for our 1 room kit. The 1 Room kit contains two air samples (one for indoor and one for the outdoor/control sample) and a surface sample. After you've completed your sampling you would need to register your samples with us online. The lab analysis fees are $35 per sample and paid at the time of registration.

    If you used all three samples in the kit the analysis fees would be $105.00. So all in, including the cost of the kit and analysis you'd be spending $160.00.

    This is very competitive as having a professional come out and perform the same set of samples you'd be looking at approximately $500-$700.

    Great question, thank you for letting me expand on that further.

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia
    8/24/2015 1:08 PM

    How long does it take to collect one of the room samples?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 1:12 PM

    @Cynthia Hi Cynthia! Great question! The samples take 5 minutes. Our pump automatically shuts off after 5 minutes so you can't over-sample and no stopwatch or counting of time is necessary.

  • Cindy
    Cindy
    8/24/2015 1:19 PM

    I would like to know if after you use the six tests, do you have to rebut the whole kit? Also, how long will this last if you do choose to do yearly tests?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 1:26 PM

    @Cindy Hi Cindy! As long as you still have the pump then you would only need to re order the accessory pack for annual testing.

    The pump is rated for 10,000 clicks (on/off). We do have a 1 year manufacturer's warranty on the pump. Great Questions!

  • James
    James
    8/24/2015 1:28 PM

    Is the flow rate on the pump set, or is it able to be calibrated (and how do you know what the rate is)? Also, is the lab owned/operated/affiliated with the company as well?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 1:32 PM

    @James Hi James! You would not be able to adjust the flow rate on the pumps. They are manufactured to specs required by the air sample cassettes. They pull at 15 liters per minute for 5 minutes giving a standard 75 liter sample. We have partnered with a third-party, nationally accredited (AIHA) laboratory who analyzes the samples. I hope this is helpful, let me know if you have any other questions I can help answer for you!

  • Tom
    Tom
    8/24/2015 1:31 PM

    Hi Stephanie. Would the results, if the results are positive for dangerous levels of mold and type of mold, stand up in court? Or would we still have to pay a professional to come in and test? Thank you, Tom

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 1:40 PM

    @Tom Hi Tom! Great question and it is one we get asked a lot. Please note that we are not lawyers and would ultimately recommend discussing the following with legal council. The lab results come from a Nationally Accredited (AIHA) Laboratory and are the same caliber that would stand up in court. However, the bias of the person actually preforming the sampling may come into question in a courtroom. Again, we recommend asking this question to an attorney. I hope that was helpful, please let me know if you have any other questions I can help answer. Thank you!

  • Patty
    Patty
    8/24/2015 2:03 PM

    When you send the samples into the lab for analysis, are the result sent only to you, or are they also sent to any other entity, such as insurance, a mold registry, ect?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 2:17 PM

    @Patty Hi Patty! Great question! The results are confidential and are not shared. The results are emailed to the email address that is used to set up your account with My Mold Detective. The only time we'd release your results is if you requested us to do so and connect you with a local remediation contractor to perform an onsite assessment.

  • Dan
    Dan
    8/24/2015 3:08 PM

    I love new concepts, looks like a very useful and cost effective tool for home owners and property management companies.

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 3:10 PM

    @Dan Hi Dan! Great point and thank you for sharing! We are very excited to offer this solution to the DIY market and to work with The Grommet to spread the word about Indoor Air Quality and mold testing.

  • Lew
    Lew
    8/24/2015 3:25 PM

    Interesting product! Three questions:

    1. What is the cost to analyze each sample?

    2. What is your quantitative definition of an "unsafe level of mold"?

    3. What peer-reviewed references provide assurance that the level you have chosen to define as unsafe, actually is?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 3:44 PM

    @Lew Hi Lew! Thanks for your interest in our product! I've matched the answers to your numbered questions below:

    1. $35 per sample. The samples are $35 per sample (indoor, outdoor and/or tape/surface) and that is for a lab analysis turnaround time of three business days from when the laboratory receives the samples. The fee includes analysis, interpretation, next steps and recommendations, and access to our network of certified and insured Remediation Contractors. Results can be expedited to one business day from when the laboratory receives the samples for $15 additional per sample.

    2. Generally, we compare the indoor counts to the outdoor/control sample counts. We do not say "Safe" or "unsafe" as that treads on a medical opinion. We'll let you know if the levels and types of mold found in your home or office are normal, slightly elevate or elevated when compared to the outdoor/control concentration levels and types.

    3. There are no industry threshold limit values (TLVs) or Permissible exposure limits (PELs), as such every professional, laboratory and organization uses slightly different algorithms. We work with microbiologists and the AIHA Accredited laboratory we partner with to develop and maintain our algorithms with the most recent information available. One needs to remember molds are allergens and as such affects people differently, "Safe" for one person may not be "safe" for another which is why it is best for an individual to consult with their primary care physicians, allergist or other medical professional with health questions or concerns.

    I hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if any other questions arise based upon this information.

  • Donald
    Donald
    8/24/2015 4:36 PM

    Hi Stephanie, I was curious if this is usable in a small apartment? (435 sq. ft. 1 bedroom.)

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 4:52 PM

    @Donald Hi Donald! Yes it is! The device itself is about the size of a coffee grinder. An air sample can be used to test areas as small as closets or rooms/spaces up to 800 SF. (provided the space is not divided by walls, case openings, doorways or other obstructions to airflow) If area is divided by walls, partition walls, doorways etc. a separate sample would be recommended for each space to ensure each space is adequately represented. Great Question!

  • Nancy
    Nancy
    8/24/2015 8:39 PM

    We've already been told we have an air born mold by the water co. What I'd like to know is how to eliminate it. Our faucets and shower heads are constantly c0vered with a black buildup.

    Any suggestions?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/24/2015 9:56 PM

    Hi Nancy, I am sorry to hear about that! That sounds very serious. From the sound of it you might not be in the market for a Mold Detective, the mystery appears solved. I'll let Stephanie chime in if she has any suggestions, but I think if you're already seeing black buildup, jump right to professional work.

  • Retha
    Retha
    8/24/2015 11:09 PM

    The price of the sample device is okay, but the lab processing fee is much too high for me to give this product further consideration.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/25/2015 9:16 AM

    Hi Retha, we understand the cost can be too much for some, but when the fee for samples is compared to the cost for professional work right off the bat, it is considerably more affordable. If it means cleaner air to breathe, it might just be worth it.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

My Mold Detective

Indoor Air Quality Test

Breathe Easy

You’ve heard of “homesick,” but what about “house sick?” That’s when mold levels are higher inside your home than outside. My Mold Detective lets you test for mold in a way that’s easy, accurate, and much less expensive than calling in an indoor air quality (IAQ) professional.

Founder Fred Rodriguez spent years in the building
industry, seeing firsthand the need for affordable IAQ services. His mold test kit includes professional lab testing and a report that interprets the results for you. Other do-it-yourself home test kits don’t.

My Mold Detective also includes tape for lifting samples from surfaces and a pump for taking indoor and outdoor samples. One sample is used to establish the level of mold concentration outside your home. This acts as the “control” sample.

Simply set up the control sample and then as many indoor samples as you want to test. Register online, send your samples to the lab in the prepaid envelope, and in five to seven business days you’ll receive a professional report that details the kinds of mold you have and whether the levels are unsafe. (You can also opt for expedited test results.)

Note that you pay a lab testing fee for each sample you submit. Still, it’s far more affordable than hiring a professional. With My Mold Detective, you’ll know if it’s time to call in a remediation specialist or if you can breathe easy.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce My Mold Detective to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/24/2015 11:17 AM

    What got you to actually create this product? Was it a single “aha” moment or was it more of a gradual process?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 11:18 AM

    Fred comes from 20 years as a contractor in the mold remediation and water mitigation industry. As a remediation contractor going out on calls we were learning how many home owners could not afford pro grade testing and recognizing that there was not a DIY option for the consumer. We realized the void in the market and sought to find a solution.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/24/2015 11:18 AM

    Did you immediately envision the product you have now? What was the process of idea to prototype?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 11:19 AM

    No, the product was originally a very industrial looking motor with a casing over it. After learning about our target market /consumer it was evident that mold testing and mold understanding was not common knowledge. It was perceived to be a very complicated/complex issue for the public. So we felt it was important to make the product simple, easy to use, and provide a design that was appealing, we made mold sexy.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/24/2015 11:19 AM

    What was your scariest moment as a business?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 11:19 AM

    The scariest moment was something that we faced initially launching our product was its perception among industry professionals. Getting buy-in from the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) professionals and their perception that we would be/our product would be taking business away from them when in reality it has improved public awareness of elevated mold conditions inside homes and business which ultimately increases their business.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/24/2015 11:20 AM

    Why is this something people should have in their homes?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 11:20 AM

    I believe that the consumers and “environmentalists” focus on and place a heavy emphasis on outdoor air quality, but in reality a majority of humans spend the majority of their time indoors. Therefore it is important to test and know what is in the air you breathe on a regular basis, what types of molds are present and in what concentrations, thus enabling everyone to assess any issues, remedy the cause of any potential concerns [if any exist] and to maintain a healthy home/office and healthy family/life.

  • Nicole
    Nicole
    8/24/2015 12:20 PM

    Will there eventually be a business model to rent the mold detective kit and just pay for each sample I want to collect and test? I love the idea of testing, but wouldn't want to invest in the kit and its base which then needs to be stored or disposed of afterwards. Plus, if I wanted to retest in 1-2 years, I'd want to make sure I was using the latest kit with the latest technology.

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 12:31 PM

    @Nicole Hi Nicole! We do not have that model set up yet, but it is a great idea and we're looking into ways to make that possible. The technology of spore trap cassette sampling has been around for quite a few years and is the industry standard, we've just recently found a way to bring it to the Do-It-Yourself consumers.

  • susan
    susan
    8/24/2015 12:27 PM

    Hi Stephanie,

    How much does it cost to test each sample?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 12:34 PM

    @susan Hello Susan! The samples are $35 per sample (indoor, outdoor and/or tape/surface) and that is for a lab analysis turnaround time of three business days from when the laboratory receives the samples. The fee includes analysis, interpretation, next steps and recommendations, and access to our network of certified and insured Remediation Contractors. Results can be expedited to one business day from when the laboratory receives the samples for $15 additional per sample.

    I hope this information is helpful! Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Thank you!

  • michael
    michael
    8/24/2015 12:35 PM

    hell0 LaunchTeam, sounds like a good product - although I find it a little worrisome that the required 'lab fee' dollar amount does not seem to be indicated anywhere. How much is this fee please? It is also confusing that the product describes "His mold test kit includes professional lab testing and a report that interprets the results for you" in paragraph 2, then paragraph 5 states "Note that you pay a lab testing fee for each sample you submit." Included or Extra - which is it? Thanks! Michael

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 12:41 PM

    @michael Hi Michael! My apologies for it not being clearly stated. The lab fees are $35 per sample. No tax or other fees are applied. The fee includes analysis, interpretation, next steps and recommendations, and access to our network of certified and insured Remediation Contractors. Results can be expedited to one business day from when the laboratory receives the samples for $15 additional per sample.

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 12:41 PM

    @Stephanie

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 12:48 PM

    @Stephanie I also thought I should mention that lab fees would be due at the time of sample registration, not at the time you are purchasing the kit. The Grommet does have our multi-room kits listed and some people decide to purchase a multi-room kit and break up the samples. For instance the 5 room kit comes with six total air samples. Some people want to use three air samples right away and save the remaining three for a different property or maybe a family member's property. The analysis fees would apply at the time they registered those samples and only for the samples they were registering at that point in time.

  • George
    George
    8/24/2015 12:44 PM

    What is the cost per sample to mail in and how many testing kits come with each accessory pack?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 12:53 PM

    @George Hi George! The kit and accessory packs come with reply mail envelopes that can hold up to 8 air samples and many surface samples. This allows for free return shipping of the samples back to the laboratory. Some individuals prefer to overnight the samples in which case we do have an options for UPS Ground and Next Day available at the time of sample registration.

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 12:55 PM

    @George Regarding the cost per sample to analyze, the fees would be $35 per sample. Analysis fees are paid at the time the samples are registered prior to mailing, no at the time the kit is purchased through The Grommet.

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 12:58 PM

    @George ... Please let me know if I'm not understanding the question correctly. But the white pump that comes in the kit is reusable. The accessory packs are simply additional air sample cassettes and surface samples. The number of samples per kit would depend on which size kit and accessory pack you would be looking at.

  • Charles
    Charles
    8/24/2015 12:53 PM

    Is this better than the test kits found at Home Depot?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 1:04 PM

    @Charles Hi Charles! That is a great questions and one we get a lot. What you are likely looking at when you go to Home Depot is the petri-dish kit. The kit comes with a plastic plate that a food media is dumped in. You let the plate sit out for a couple of days and you'll see spots start to grow. The issue with these settling plates is they will always grow mold, because mold is everywhere and naturally occurs. Some levels of certain kinds of molds are good to have. Issues arise when the mold in your home or office environment is "elevated" or at a higher concentration inside when compared to the natural ambient air outside. Spore trap cassette sampling, is the chosen methodology by Indoor Air Quality experts for testing mold. Our kit uses the same methodology and our report is the same caliber as a professional report. We add a color code and some additional interpretation to make the data consumer friendly and easier to understand.

    I hope this helps answer your question, let me know if there is anything you would like more detail on. Thank you!

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    8/24/2015 1:01 PM

    Please explain, the price of the item is $54.95, and then there is also a charge when you send in the sample's?? How much is that?

    Thank you

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 1:09 PM

    @Sharon Hi Sharon! That is correct. The Kit starts at $54.97 and that is for our 1 room kit. The 1 Room kit contains two air samples (one for indoor and one for the outdoor/control sample) and a surface sample. After you've completed your sampling you would need to register your samples with us online. The lab analysis fees are $35 per sample and paid at the time of registration.

    If you used all three samples in the kit the analysis fees would be $105.00. So all in, including the cost of the kit and analysis you'd be spending $160.00.

    This is very competitive as having a professional come out and perform the same set of samples you'd be looking at approximately $500-$700.

    Great question, thank you for letting me expand on that further.

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia
    8/24/2015 1:08 PM

    How long does it take to collect one of the room samples?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 1:12 PM

    @Cynthia Hi Cynthia! Great question! The samples take 5 minutes. Our pump automatically shuts off after 5 minutes so you can't over-sample and no stopwatch or counting of time is necessary.

  • Cindy
    Cindy
    8/24/2015 1:19 PM

    I would like to know if after you use the six tests, do you have to rebut the whole kit? Also, how long will this last if you do choose to do yearly tests?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 1:26 PM

    @Cindy Hi Cindy! As long as you still have the pump then you would only need to re order the accessory pack for annual testing.

    The pump is rated for 10,000 clicks (on/off). We do have a 1 year manufacturer's warranty on the pump. Great Questions!

  • James
    James
    8/24/2015 1:28 PM

    Is the flow rate on the pump set, or is it able to be calibrated (and how do you know what the rate is)? Also, is the lab owned/operated/affiliated with the company as well?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 1:32 PM

    @James Hi James! You would not be able to adjust the flow rate on the pumps. They are manufactured to specs required by the air sample cassettes. They pull at 15 liters per minute for 5 minutes giving a standard 75 liter sample. We have partnered with a third-party, nationally accredited (AIHA) laboratory who analyzes the samples. I hope this is helpful, let me know if you have any other questions I can help answer for you!

  • Tom
    Tom
    8/24/2015 1:31 PM

    Hi Stephanie. Would the results, if the results are positive for dangerous levels of mold and type of mold, stand up in court? Or would we still have to pay a professional to come in and test? Thank you, Tom

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 1:40 PM

    @Tom Hi Tom! Great question and it is one we get asked a lot. Please note that we are not lawyers and would ultimately recommend discussing the following with legal council. The lab results come from a Nationally Accredited (AIHA) Laboratory and are the same caliber that would stand up in court. However, the bias of the person actually preforming the sampling may come into question in a courtroom. Again, we recommend asking this question to an attorney. I hope that was helpful, please let me know if you have any other questions I can help answer. Thank you!

  • Patty
    Patty
    8/24/2015 2:03 PM

    When you send the samples into the lab for analysis, are the result sent only to you, or are they also sent to any other entity, such as insurance, a mold registry, ect?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 2:17 PM

    @Patty Hi Patty! Great question! The results are confidential and are not shared. The results are emailed to the email address that is used to set up your account with My Mold Detective. The only time we'd release your results is if you requested us to do so and connect you with a local remediation contractor to perform an onsite assessment.

  • Dan
    Dan
    8/24/2015 3:08 PM

    I love new concepts, looks like a very useful and cost effective tool for home owners and property management companies.

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 3:10 PM

    @Dan Hi Dan! Great point and thank you for sharing! We are very excited to offer this solution to the DIY market and to work with The Grommet to spread the word about Indoor Air Quality and mold testing.

  • Lew
    Lew
    8/24/2015 3:25 PM

    Interesting product! Three questions:

    1. What is the cost to analyze each sample?

    2. What is your quantitative definition of an "unsafe level of mold"?

    3. What peer-reviewed references provide assurance that the level you have chosen to define as unsafe, actually is?

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 3:44 PM

    @Lew Hi Lew! Thanks for your interest in our product! I've matched the answers to your numbered questions below:

    1. $35 per sample. The samples are $35 per sample (indoor, outdoor and/or tape/surface) and that is for a lab analysis turnaround time of three business days from when the laboratory receives the samples. The fee includes analysis, interpretation, next steps and recommendations, and access to our network of certified and insured Remediation Contractors. Results can be expedited to one business day from when the laboratory receives the samples for $15 additional per sample.

    2. Generally, we compare the indoor counts to the outdoor/control sample counts. We do not say "Safe" or "unsafe" as that treads on a medical opinion. We'll let you know if the levels and types of mold found in your home or office are normal, slightly elevate or elevated when compared to the outdoor/control concentration levels and types.

    3. There are no industry threshold limit values (TLVs) or Permissible exposure limits (PELs), as such every professional, laboratory and organization uses slightly different algorithms. We work with microbiologists and the AIHA Accredited laboratory we partner with to develop and maintain our algorithms with the most recent information available. One needs to remember molds are allergens and as such affects people differently, "Safe" for one person may not be "safe" for another which is why it is best for an individual to consult with their primary care physicians, allergist or other medical professional with health questions or concerns.

    I hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if any other questions arise based upon this information.

  • Donald
    Donald
    8/24/2015 4:36 PM

    Hi Stephanie, I was curious if this is usable in a small apartment? (435 sq. ft. 1 bedroom.)

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie – Special Guest
    8/24/2015 4:52 PM

    @Donald Hi Donald! Yes it is! The device itself is about the size of a coffee grinder. An air sample can be used to test areas as small as closets or rooms/spaces up to 800 SF. (provided the space is not divided by walls, case openings, doorways or other obstructions to airflow) If area is divided by walls, partition walls, doorways etc. a separate sample would be recommended for each space to ensure each space is adequately represented. Great Question!

  • Nancy
    Nancy
    8/24/2015 8:39 PM

    We've already been told we have an air born mold by the water co. What I'd like to know is how to eliminate it. Our faucets and shower heads are constantly c0vered with a black buildup.

    Any suggestions?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/24/2015 9:56 PM

    Hi Nancy, I am sorry to hear about that! That sounds very serious. From the sound of it you might not be in the market for a Mold Detective, the mystery appears solved. I'll let Stephanie chime in if she has any suggestions, but I think if you're already seeing black buildup, jump right to professional work.

  • Retha
    Retha
    8/24/2015 11:09 PM

    The price of the sample device is okay, but the lab processing fee is much too high for me to give this product further consideration.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/25/2015 9:16 AM

    Hi Retha, we understand the cost can be too much for some, but when the fee for samples is compared to the cost for professional work right off the bat, it is considerably more affordable. If it means cleaner air to breathe, it might just be worth it.

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