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Home Mold Test (HERTSMI-2)
Home Mold Test (HERTSMI-2)
Home Mold Test (HERTSMI-2)

Why test your home?

There’s a preposterously good chance your home is hiding mold and water damage:

  • Multiple studies indicate 50% of all homes are concealing water damage.
  • Common “cosmetic” issues like paint peeling and cracks in your foundation can be signs of water damage.
  • Mold in your home and office is not always visible, and the EPA estimates that 85% of offices have had water damage.
  • Mold may produce a musty, earthy, damp odor, which can be a telltale sign of its presence even if it's not immediately visible.

MoldCo has partnered with Envirobiomics to offer the evidence-based “HERTSMI-2” home mold test. “HERTSMI-2” stands for: Health Effects Roster of Type Specific Formers of Mycotoxins and Inflammagens.

Why we like this home mold test:

  • Evidence-based*
  • Low cost ($130) 
  • Fast turnaround time (5 business days)
  • Easy (includes Swiffer pad to wipe any dusty surfaces)

The science behind it:

  • DNA from mold can be found in dust samples collected in the home (in this test, a sterile Swiffer pad does the job).
  • A lab analysis of the dust sample, using a mold-specific quantitative polymerase chain reaction (MSQPCR), identifies and quantifies the “Big 5” molds harmful to human health.
  • A personalized report is shared with your home’s “health score”.
  • The HERTSMI-2 scoring system assigns points based on the quantity of each mold species present in the sample, with higher points indicating a greater potential health risk.
  • The data from the report is based on over 1,000 data points from real, moldy homes.

This at-home mold test analyzes the "Big 5" molds, prioritized for their danger to human health and prevalence in water-damaged buildings::

  • Aspergillus Penicilloides
  • Aspergillus Versicolor
  • Chaetomium Globosum
  • Stachybotrys Chartarum (also known as black mold)
  • Wallemia Sebi

Finding answers can be as simple as wiping your home's surfaces.

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