3 Reasons To Skip the Home Mold Testing Kit
Why Skip The Mold Testing Kit?
If you’re concerned about the air quality in your home or suspect your house might have a mold problem, the DIY mold testing kits at your local Key Largo, FL, hardware store might seem like a good place to start. However, these kits are limited in scope and are unlikely to supply the answers you need.
1. “Do I Have Mold?” Is a Trick Question
Before calling the professionals, many homeowners buy home mold kits to answer the question, “does my home contain mold?” That’s a bit of a trick question, however, and the answer will always be “yes.” All homes contain mold spores; it’s the reason bread left on the counter will eventually get moldy. DIY mold kits always yield positive results for the presence of mold.
2. Home Kits Leave the Real Questions Unanswered
The real questions you need to ask about a mold problem are things like:
- Is the mold in my home harmful?
- What’s causing it?
- How can I remove it?
- How can I keep it from coming back?
Unfortunately, mold testing kits can’t answer any of those questions. You’ll need to have a home inspection by a mold remediation specialist.
3. DIY Kits Yield Questionable Results
Your mold kit may include an option to send your results to a lab for further testing (for an additional fee). Unfortunately, the results of this testing are consistently unreliable. Relevant trade industry organizations and the Environmental Protection Agency have issued statements advising against the use of these kits. Consumer Reports has consistently rated them “Not Recommended.” Courts, insurance companies and medical professionals have rejected the results of home kits due to their lack of credibility.
If you’re concerned about mold because you can see mold spots, or smell a musty smell, your home likely has excessive mold growth. Skip the home mold testing kit and contact a certified mold removal professional to eliminate the problem at its source.