Over-the-counter Home Mold Tests Kits that you can often buy cheaply at home improvement stores are a major ripoff for MANY reasons.
Why Over-The-Counter Home Mold Tests Kits Are A Ripoff:
Mold samples are often misleading or simply wrong (i.e. due to error). You need a professional to interpret the results.
Home Mold Test Kits don’t include a visual inspection conducted by a mold professional … very important! A professional mold inspection includes not only sampling but also a comprehensive visual inspection to detect issues and problems related to mold that are not apparent to most people without training in building sciences and mold inspections.
Mold is everywhere. Yes, all homes have small amounts of mold. Therefore, when a petri dish from a home mold test tells you that you have mold, it is not telling you anything useful since every home has mold!
If you suspect a mold problem but do not actually see it or smell it, these test kits do not help you locate the problem or tell you how serious it is.
Don’t take our word for it. Here is what the U.S. Government EPA says, verbatim: “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.”
So if you need mold testing, hire a professional (we hope you choose Moldman!) and don’t waste your money on useless home mold testing kits!
By the way, if you already see visible mold, mold testing is usually unnecessary and you simply need to remove it following industry standard guidelines. If you need help removing the mold, Moldman offers Professional Mold Remediation and Mold Removal at the lowest prices guaranteed!
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