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Can You Rely on Home Mold Testing Kits?

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Can You Rely on Mold Testing Kits at Home?

For the average do-it-yourselfer, it’s easy to want to rely on home mold testing kits when you first see the signs of black, fuzzy crud on the walls or floors of your Hayesville, NC, home. But can you really rely on the results of a home mold kit? What do you do when it always tells you that you have mold but doesn’t give accurate enough responses to tell you where?

DIY Mold Kits Aren’t Reliable

It may hurt to find this out after already paying for an off-the-shelf kit, but DIY mold kits aren’t reliable indicators of mold in the home – and they may even lead you astray. There are a few reasons why home mold testing kits aren’t always accurate:

• Mold is always in the air around you as spores that have not yet developed into the full-blown fungus
• Home mold kits are incapable of distinguishing between spores and actual mold infestations and will always return a false positive
• This false positive means you are unable to narrow down which areas of your home have mold because every area will test positive

This means if you do have mold, you may end up missing it because the kit is giving you false results – but if you don’t have mold, you may end up panicked trying to find it when the kit’s results are too broad to be useful.

So How Can I Tell If I Have Mold?

Other than the obvious visible signs of mold in your home, the best way to detect hidden mold is by working with an environmental hygienist. Environmental hygienists specialize in mold testing, detection, and remediation, and they use specialized equipment far more sensitive than any home kit. This equipment can be essential in identifying hidden mold and taking steps to eliminate it from your home. Environmental hygienists can also educate you on the type of mold you’re dealing with and what you can watch for to prevent future outbreaks.

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