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Mold Test Kits 

Mold – the silent, unseen source of many illnesses.

The presence of mold can pose potential health problems for you and your loved ones. Inhaling or touching toxic mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions as well as pose serious health risks.

Aside from the health risks, mold is aesthetically repulsive. Certain types of mold release foul odors, rot wood and attract insects.

If left unchecked, mold can spread quickly and extensively reducing your home’s value.

Mold test kits are available at many home improvement stores and can also be purchased online. There many different types and brands to chose from with prices ranging from $10 to over $200.

How do you choose a mold test kit that is accurate, reliable, and worth your time and money?  (hint:  there aren’t any, read on to see why DIY mold test kits are notoriously inaccurate, unreliable, and a waste of time and money)

Choosing a Mold Test Kit 

Choosing an at home mold test kit is not an easy task as there are mold test kits on the market ranging in price from as low as $10 to as much as $200.

In addition to the cost factor, you have to consider what is the most accurate way of testing for mold in your house or business.  Some of the DIY mold test kits available will ask you to collect samples, while others use a petri dish that you place around the house.  These petri dishes collect mold spores that fall from the air.

Related:  Why DIY Mold Test kits are notoriously unreliable.

Another factor to consider when choosing an at home mold test kit is whether or not you get the results at home, or have to send them into a lab.  Some kits require you to collect the samples, then send them into a lab and wait for the results to be sent back to you.

A much simpler (and more reliable) way exists – contact Air Quality Consultants and schedule your mold test appointment today.

Mold Test Supplies

 Many mold test kits do not include all the supplies necessary to collect mold samples around the house.  You may be required to purchase swabs or adhesive strips separately.  This adds to the cost of your mold test.

Not having all the proper supplies also adds to the time it will take you to conduct a mold test.

Accuracy of DIY Mold Test Kits

Here at Air Quality Consultants, we get asked about the accuracy of DIY mold test kits, for your home or office, all the time.

In short – at home mold test kits ARE NOT ACCURATE as the vast majority of them come back 100% positive.

This is due to the fact that there are always some levels of mold spores in the air you breath.  There are hundreds of types of mold that can be found growing in homes in the U.S. and not all of them are dangerous.  When homeowners see a positive result, it can end in them spending a lot of unnecessary time and money to eliminate harmless mold spores from the air.  It is virtually impossible to eliminate 100% of the mold spores in your home.

Most DIY mold test kits come back 100% positive.

DIY Mold test kits – a complete waste of money.

Many customers are not happy with the mold test kits they bought, and in the long run, they end up hiring an expert mold inspector to conduct a thorough mold test in their home anyways.  Here are a few reasons to not waste your money on a self mold test kit.

  • An home test kit is not a substitute for a mold inspection expert.
  • DIY mold test kits do not have the ability to test for unseen mold.
  • Most mold test kits only come with one petri dish for collecting samples from one area.

Our expert mold inspector will thoroughly inspect all areas of your home, with our specialized equipment, and detect the sources of moisture that are causing your mold problem.

Our professional mold inspector thoroughly inspects the premises using precision testing equipment to find the source of the mold, identify the type of mold, and locate the cause of the moisture problems.

You will know what type or types of mold are found and if the amounts are considered potentially harmful. Our mold inspector will give you unbiased results in a timely manner as well as recommendations for mold remediation if necessary. 

Help & Support For Your Mold Problems

Don’t leave the health and safety of your home and loved ones in the hands of notoriously unreliable, and un-recommended,  do-it-yourself mold test kits.

Air Quality Consultants gives fast, professional, expert results that can be relied upon, even in a court of law.

Our reputable mold inspectors are experts in this field and are looking forward to providing you with exceptional customer support.

Call now to schedule your mold inspection.

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According to the EPA:

“Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods and interpreting results. Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other professional organizations.”

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