Buying a house?
This mold test can be very valuable!
Mold-Specific Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (MSQPCR) is a fast and highly accurate DNA-based analytical method for identifying and quantifying molds. MSQPCR methods can determine the genus and species level of molds. It was developed by scientists at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to detect and quantify molds associated with indoor air quality problems.
Many methods for quantifying molds rely on visually counting mold spores, a time-consuming and laborious process. MSQPCR improves upon these methods because it detects molds based on unique DNA sequences.
MSQPCR methods look for a combination of molds from two groups. One group consists of molds species associated with water-damaged homes and buildings.
Eurotium (A.) amstalodami
The other group consists of mold species commonly found in all homes.
Cladosporium cladosporioides v1
Cladosporium cladosporioides v2
Mucor & Rhizopus group
The results of the test are then compared to a national database to produce a “moldiness” index specific to the property tested.
So why can this mold test be so valuable when buying a house?