HBC Home Inspections of Southern Maryland

Fungal Testing

Fungal testing is commonly referred to as mold testing in the real estate world. There are two types of fungal testing offered by Homes by Cynthia. The first checks if there is visible growth. This is where a sample of the actual, visible growth can be tested and evaluated. The other assesses by air sample if there is an odor or concern for airborne contamination.

Fungal Standards

There are no EPA or other federal limits that  have been set for mold or mold spores, therefore,  sampling cannot be used to check a building’s compliance with federal mold standards.

Fungal Concerns

Mold creates allergens, though not all people are allergic to mold or fungus. Those who experience allergic reactions to mold or fungus can experience health hazards. Though somewhat rare, some molds do produce mycotoxins which can potentially be toxic.

Preventing Fungus (Mold)

Fungus/mold remediation can be a pricey experience, so the prevention of fungus should be a priority to any homeowner. All fungus (mold) must have moisture to grow and will not grow if moisture is not present.  Controlling moisture indoors can prevent and control mold growth in your home.

There are several things that people can do to reduce or prevent fungal growth:

1) Act quickly when there is a water leak or spill. Dry affected areas within 24 hours.

2) Keep gutters clean and maintain roof penetrations such as plumbing vents, HVAC vents and chimneys, etc.

3) Seal all exterior penetrations such as electric lines, HVAC lines, doors, and windows, etc.

4) Fix plumbing leaks immediately.

5) Use bathroom exhaust fans for at least one hour after showering/bathing.

4) Keep indoor humidity between 30-50 percent relative humidity


Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns about Fungus Testing or mold.