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.
Mold Test Kit Reviews and Comparisons
While searching on the web you may have come across a chart that compares and/or reviews a variety of mold test kits. It says that certain mold test kits are good while others are not and even offers detailed explanations why one is better than the other. Truth is that these kits are basically all the same and manufactured by different companies. The website with the reviews are either the companies themselves or an affiliate who makes money off you clicking over to a separate website where you can buy it.
If you believe that your home or business has an indoor air quality problem caused by indoor mold growth, the best thing you can do is hire a certified mold inspector to evaluate the home. Make sure you look for a company like MI&T who does not take part in the restoration process so you get an unbiased assessment of the property. A professional should know where to look for mold and how to setup a testing protocol that will get you all the information necessary to determine if a problem is present, where it is coming from, and provide you with a report letting you know exact steps about what needs to be done in order to fix it.
Hopefully you realize the downfalls of getting an at home test kit to check if you have an indoor air quality problem. If you need help testing your home for mold or would simply have questions about these issues, give us a call to speak with a representative from MI&T at 855-600-6653 and we will be happy to offer our advice.