Mold Test Kits
Here’s an uncomfortable truth: you could very easily have mold in your home right now and not even realize it. Mold spores are tiny (and lightweight) enough to drift in through open windows or hitch a ride on clothing completely undetected. The good news is that, out of the more than 100,000 different species of mold on Earth, the vast majority of them are mostly harmless to humans, especially when they’re present in very small amounts. The bad news, though, is that certain types of mold produce substances called “mycotoxins.” As their name implies, mycotoxins are far from harmless!
Humans can suffer from a variety of health problems when they unknowingly inhale or ingest mycotoxins. And one of the most common ways that people come in contact with these nasty microbes is through undiscovered mold infestations in their home. Mold test kits, which are designed to detect traces of mycotoxins in urine or environmental dust samples, can be the key to discovering that your home or body is contaminated with mold. A good test is accurate (helping you to receive proper medical treatment) AND quick (helping you to catch the problem before it gets even worse)—not just one or the other. Fortunately, mold test kits by Real Time Laboratories are both!
The RealTime Labs Difference – Here’s what makes our mold test kits so special:
- Accuracy. Each of our urine tests and environmental kits can detect the presence of at least 15 different mycotoxins. And the EMMA test is capable of spotting 15 different mycotoxins AND 10 varieties of toxic mold. Don’t let a false negative delay your treatment; get a complete profile of all the mycotoxins you’re currently up against!
- Easy Process. Our test kits don’t require a prescription or even an office visit. Simply purchase a set online to have it delivered directly to your door. All of our tests include a pre-paid return kit, so all you need to do is provide the necessary urine or environmental material (depending upon the kit). And within 10 business days of us receiving your sample, you’ll receive an encrypted email with the results of your lab analysis. It’s simple, it’s convenient, and it’s private.
- Support. Need help understanding your test results? Not sure how you could have come in contact with a particular mycotoxin? Seeking a referral for a reputable, trustworthy mold remediation firm in your area? We can help! RealTime Laboratories hosts a number of resources, from fact sheets to videos, on our website. We even offer over-the-phone consultations with our medical and technical experts, who will be happy to answer any specific questions you have. We want for our clients to be as educated (and confident) as possible in their fight against mold-related illnesses!
- Reliability. RealTime Laboratories has been in business since 2005 and has performed over 200,000 mold and mycotoxin tests. Our mycotoxin/mold testing kits are some of the most sophisticated tests available. They’re SO reliable, in fact, that they’re frequently used by professional environmental inspectors. We’re accredited in the United States by both the College of American Pathologists and the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments. We’re the mold testing firm that you can trust, and we stand by the quality of all of our products!
Urine Mycotoxin Test
Urine mycotoxin tests are ideal for testing yourself (and your family members) for mycotoxin exposure. They’re absolutely painless, totally non-invasive, and incredibly easy to use. With just a small amount of urine, our experts will be able to spot up to 15 different illness-causing mycotoxins.
A high concentration of mycotoxins in the body is generally indicative that there’s mold growing somewhere in your home. A positive test result, then, is typically the first step to a mold remediation plan. It can also be the first step in treating a previously undiagnosed illness.
Home Mold Test Kits
The indoor air quality of your home can have a huge impact on your health. It stands to reason, then, that you should want to keep your residence as mold-free as possible. Our Environmental Mold And Mycotoxin Assessment, or EMMA, makes it possible to test your home using a small sample of dust or material from a heating unit or air conditioner.
EMMA can detect up to 10 kinds of toxic mold AND 15 kinds of mycotoxins. This isn’t your average DIY mold test kit—It’s a piece of professional equipment that wouldn’t be out of place in an expert mold remediator’s tool kit!
Pet Mold Test Kit
Mycotoxins are notorious for causing health issues in mammals, and that can include our furry friends! Monitor the four-legged members of your family with our Pet Mycotoxin Test.
Like our kits designed for humans, a small urine sample is all you need to have your pet tested for 15 different clinically significant mycotoxins. Save yourself an expensive—and, in many cases, stressful—trip to the vet’s office!
RealTime Labs vs. The Competition
Though inexpensive environmental mold tests are available for purchase at Walmart, on amazon.com, and through various other platforms, these tests can’t hold a candle to kits made by—and, more importantly, professional analysis from—RealTime Labs. Our EMMA kits only pick up on the most hazardous molds and mycotoxins, and the harmful substances only trigger a positive result on the test when they’re present in clinically significant amounts.
While that bargain-price detection kit may produce a flashy (or unnerving) petri dish full of grime, it likely won’t paint an accurate picture of your home’s mold problems. Accept no substitutions! Our test kits are truly the most sophisticated of their kind on the market!
Frequently Asked Questions
“Doesn’t the presence of mold indicate that a house is ‘dirty’ or poorly maintained? Mold can’t possibly be what’s making me sick, since I keep my home clean…right?”
While it’s true that mold can very easily thrive in homes that aren’t cleaned regularly and scrupulously, mold problems can (and often do) happen in even the most well-maintained homes. Part of the problem is that mold can grow inside of walls, under carpeting, and in other hard-to-reach places. Mold spores can also withstand vigorous scrubbing with soap and water, rendering standard cleanup efforts ineffective. And, sadly, folks can inadvertently create a mold hazard when they refuse to part with treasured items damaged by water—or don’t dry out a room quickly enough after a flood.
Mold can happen to anyone, so it shouldn’t be a source of shame for a homeowner. Conversely, if a person shows symptoms of mycotoxin exposure, they shouldn’t immediately rule out the possibility of a mold infestation in their home on the grounds that “I keep my place clean!”
“I’ve heard a lot about ‘black mold’ being dangerous. What is black mold, exactly? Can your test kits tell me if I’ve been exposed to black mold?” “Black mold” is the common name given to Stachybotrys chartarum, a certain variety of microfungus known to produce trichothecene mycotoxins.
While it’s not commonly found in nature, this type of mold has a real knack for setting up shop inside the walls of man-made structures. Black mold infestations are usually a result of water damage or long-term moisture buildup inside of an enclosed area, so bathrooms, basements, and attics are particularly vulnerable to black mold growth. And trichothecenes have been associated with acute and chronic respiratory issues in humans, including nasal inflammation, excess mucus secretion, and olfactory system damage. They may also negatively affect the synthesis of DNA, RNA, and protein, thus wreaking havoc on the entire body.
Black mold can be scary to think about, but the good news is that all of our test kits are capable of spotting trichothecenes in a given urine or dust sample. Black mold may be good at hiding, but our Real Time Laboratories is even better at seeking!
“Do the prices on your website for a specific test kit include shipping / return postage / laboratory analysis?”
Yes. Unlike other labs or test kit makers, RealTime Laboratories does not deal in hidden fees or surcharges for what we consider our “basic” services. When you purchase one of our mold test kits, shipping, processing, and all other aspects of getting your results are included in the listed price.