Mold Growth Lab Offers Living Mold Counts and Species Identification for Texas and So. Carolina Flood Victims

29 Oct, 2015 – “Because only living mold spores and colonies can grow in the building materials of a home, workplace, or commercial building, or a inside person’s body, the most accurate and meaningful mold analysis method is to grow for 7 days surface samples, air test samples, and bulk samples from actual building materials. This is known as viable mold analysis,” explains Phillip Fry, Professional Industrial Hygienist, Certified Environmental Hygienist, and webmaster since 1999 of the mold authority website

“Almost all mold analysis done in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand is performed immediately (with no growth culturing) and the mold counts in this alternative, non-viable analysis are skewed upward big-time because both living and dead mold spores are counted in such non-viable analysis,” added Mr. Fry, who became one of the nation’s first full-time mold inspectors in January, 1999.

“Such indiscriminate counting of dead mold spores is especially unhelpful and inappropriate in the mold analysis of clearance mold tests taken after the completion of mold removal and remediation projects for flooded Texas and South Carolina homes and commercial buildings because two of the most effective mold remediation steps (high output ozone gas and spraying and fogging with EPA-registered fungicides) provide almost total mold kill in remediated buildings but the killed spores will still be counted in subsequent non-viable mold lab analysis,” further explains Fry, who is also a Certified Environmental Inspector, Certified Remediation Specialist, Certified Mold Inspector, Certified Mold Remediator, and Certified Duct Cleaning Specialist.

The exclusive mission of Mold Growth Lab is to grow collected samples for 7 days, and then count, and identify only living mold colonies (one colony grown from each original live mold spore).

Building owners, managers, and residents can collect their own surface samples, air samples, and bulk building material physical samples worldwide, both before and after mold remediation by using the surface samplers, Petri mold growth dishes, and viable mold lab analysis services provided by Mold Growth Lab at its website

The website provides Texas and South Carolina flood victims with easy-to-follow, do-it-yourself mold testing steps and test media to collect possible living mold growth on any surface, in room air, in the outward air flow from heating/cooling air ducts, and on mold growth on building material physical specimens.

Sample collectors can self-observe the Petri lab dishes for 7 days to know: (1) is it mold? (2) is the mold alive? (3) how many mold colonies grew in the 7 day observation period?  Only living mold spores will grow in the special mold food environment inside the Petri lab dishes. Each living mold spore will grow a separate, distinguishable, countable, and identifiable mold colony. Dead mold spores will not grow mold in the Petri dishes, or in the sampled building, or in residents’ bodies.

After the 7 day culture growth time period, each dish can then be lab analyzed to identify and quantify the living mold colonies that have grown during that 7 days, with a written report of lab findings.

For help with mold sampling techniques and 7 day mold culture lab analysis, email Phillip Fry, or phone toll-free 866-300-1616, or visit

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