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The Drawbacks of DIY Testing for Mold

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

The Microbial test kit isolated on white background Home test kits are notorious for providing false positive readings

The Drawbacks of DIY Testing for Mold

If you suspect your home in New Lenox, IL, has mold, it's important to verify that suspicion with certainty. While it is possible to buy mold testing kits from a home goods or hardware store, this isn't always the best option. Home test kits are notorious for providing false positive readings. This happens because most homes contain enough mold spores in the air to trigger a positive reading even though the level of mold is nothing to be concerned about. It's only when mold forms into colonies, usually as the result of excess moisture in a home, that the fungus becomes a problem.

Limitations of a Mold Kit

In most cases, a DIY mold kit provides very little information to the homeowner. Its limitations include the following important areas:

  • It doesn't inform you what type of mold is present
  • It rarely tells you how serious the mold problem is
  • It doesn't advise you on the next step to take

Professional mold testing is administered and interpreted by a trained environmental hygienist. This technician can verify with accuracy if you have a serious mold problem. The technician in consultation with a mold remediation company can develop a plan of action to rid your home of mold.

Benefits of Quality Mold Cleanup
High-quality mold testing is just one area where a mold mitigation company uses its expertise to help homeowners affected by mold. An experienced company understands the best practices to treat a mold infestation. Technicians will use equipment such as air filtration devices, HEPA vacuums, and negative air pressure barriers to contain and remove the fungus. Since a water problem is often a precursor to mold growth, they will also locate, fix, and eliminate any sources of excess water in the home. A quality cleanup will remove the unsightly blotches on walls and the musty odors associated with a mold problem. It will restore your home "Like it never even happened."

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