mold testing

This downloadable resource explains five common mold test types and DIY & professional approaches. It was created by the ISEAI Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) Committee for patients or households with diagnosed or probable mold-related illness.

Download the Mold Testing Guide (PDF, 4 MB)

Example from the guide:

Did you know?

  • Do not make major life or financial decisions based on DIY testing.
    • The guide includes a “DIY Mold Testing Checklist” and guidance for which common testing methods may be conducted by a non-professional.
  • Professional testing offers more options and should be guided by a medically-sound Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP), who does not have a financial conflict of interest.
    • Often, your IEP will perform a thorough onsite assessment of your home first, then discuss potential mold testing options and interpret any test results. They can guide you with any next steps.
    • The guide includes a “Medically-Sound IEP Checklist” to help you locate an IEP with significant experience serving sensitive, complex chronically ill patients.  ISEAI’s list of IEPs is a great place to start your search.

Better understand these common mold tests:

  • ERMI and HERTSMI-2 (dust test)
  • Gravity plates (petri dish test)
  • Spore trap (air test)
  • Swab/tape lift (direct surface test)

Who created this guide?

The ISEAI Indoor Environmental Professional Committee is a group of highly credentialed and experienced indoor environmental professionals who have specialized experience with medically-sensitive patients. The Committee reports to the ISEAI Board of Directors and provides education to clinicians and the public on topics of mold, indoor air quality and contaminants.

We hope you found this resource helpful. Whether you are a patient or a family member, if you have any feedback on this document, please send us an email. We’d love to hear from you.

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Download the Mold Testing Guide (PDF, 4 MB)