Many people turn to a Mold Test Kit found at a local hardware store like Home Depot, Lowes, or numerous online retailers in an effort to figure out problems that are happening at their home or business. Unfortunately, the idea of this kit is much better than the functionality of it. There are several problems associated with this product. As leaders in the mold testing field, MI&T would like to share these common issues that we see on a daily basis. Hopefully by the end of this article you will understand these issues and also realize there are better alternatives out there.
Basically these at home mold test kits are a petri dish that mold spores circulating in the air land on and show evidence of mold in the air. There is no denying that the kit will actually pick up mold in the air and show it is present. Only problem is that there is mold in every home or business so just about every kit will come back showing there is mold. Unless you send in the petri dish to the lab you will not know what species of mold is present and you most definitely won’t know the quantity that is there. We have put 5 petri dishes out next to each other and saw different results on each. Essentially, if you are trying to figure out an indoor air quality problem a mold test kit is just about useless.
Even if you do decide to spend the decide to spend the extra money to have your kits sent into a lab for analysis, the maker of this product sends you a generic lab report and zero customer service. We deal with customers all the time that try to save money by getting a kit instead of hiring an inspector and end up with a generic lab report showing they have mold and no idea what to do about the problem. At the end of the day, people who actually have serious issues pay for this kit and have to hire an inspector to perform legitimate testing to get real advice about their homes problems.
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