When it comes to household mold, using a DIY (“do-it-yourself”) mold testing kit will not suffice. If you prowl the web, you’ll find all sorts of home mold testing kits. They come with grandiose claims about being able to detect mold. Don’t believe the hype! The only way to ensure accurate mold detection and removal is by engaging the services of mold testing professionals.
The Problem With Home Mold Testing Kits
Think of home mold testing kits as highly fallible science experiments that attempt to tell you if mold is present. These home testing kits won’t inform you of the type of mold that exists in your home. Many will produce false positives or simply fail to detect mold even though it is in your home.
Some mold testing kits even force homeowners to send a dish of samples back to the distributor at an additional cost. Even if the results make it back to the distributor intact, they will likely be unreadable. Rather than informing the homeowner whether the mold is toxic or if black mold remediation is necessary, the distributor will provide an answer in scientific terms such as “Stachybotrys” and assume that the customer will know what it means.
The bottom line is that you need to know exactly what type of mold plagues your living space, the source of moisture that causes the mold’s presence and how it can be eliminated. This type of information can only be gleaned through a comprehensive mold analysis performed by experienced professionals.
The Benefits of a Professional Mold Test
Every homeowner deserves the thorough mold testing that can only be provided by a mold expert with years of experience under their belt. Ally with the pros and your home will be thoroughly examined by a certified microbial investigator. They’ll find out if mold is present in your home, what type it is and outline a plan of attack. Furthermore, their industry experience empowers him to assess whether the mold is toxic. Home mold testing kits offer no such analysis.
A certified microbial inspector will also figure out exactly where the mold exists. It might be behind your home’s walls, underneath the carpet or even in the ceiling. This is the type of critically important information that a home mold testing kit does not provide. The importance of knowing the mold’s location cannot be overstated. Pinpointing its exact position is essential in the quest to remove all of it and stop it from spreading to even more spaces that are out of sight.
Unlike DIY mold testing, professional mold testing will let you know exactly how much mold is in your home to give you an idea of how bad the problem really is and whether your family’s health is at risk. A professional mold test also includes air monitoring and bulk sampling. This data is contrasted with normal background mold levels to glean insight about your home’s mold and air quality.
A Certified Microbial Inspector’s Toolkit
DIY home mold tests use basic detection tools that pale in comparison to those used by certified microbial inspectors. A professional mold investigator uses only the latest mold detection tools like infra-red equipment, borescopes (to detect mold in inaccessible spaces), moisture meters and hygrometers.
Rock & Associates
Do not take any chances with your home’s integrity and the well-being of your family’s health. Contact Rock & Associates today to learn more about our professional mold testing service.