With so many mold test kits on the market how will you know which one to trust? Here we have reviewed two of the top contenders – the DIY Easy Mold Test and Pro-Lab Mold test kits. We will also be revealing the pros and cons of each.
Not all home mold test kits are created equally as you will see below. Here are three important things to consider.
Price: Cheaper kits are often unreliable and usually gives false positives or false negatives. So it pays to spend a little bit more for your kit to get an accurate reading.
Type of tests: The second thing to consider is the type of test you will conduct. Most will allow you to take both an air sample and a swab test. Air sample tests are useless because spores are around us all of the time so no matter what you will always get a positive reading – unless you run an HEPA air purifier on a regular basis. So if you think you have a mold infestation but cannot locate the source then a home testing kit will be of no use to you. In this case a professional mold remediation company will have to be called out to do an inspection. Mold test kits are only reliable if you have located the source so that you can do an actual swab test to successfully determine the species.
Instant results vs laboratory tests: Many products promise instant results. Be wary of them because they are highly inaccurate. Always look for a kit where you send the samples to an approved laboratory for professional analysis. The good news is that envelopes and postage comes included with quality kits and the laboratory turnaround time is 5 days on average.
If dealing with a major mold infestation then it’s strongly recommended that you not try deal with it yourself. A testing kit would be of no use in this situation because a professional remediation company will take care of both testing and removal.
If, however, the infestation is minor and you feel comfortable taking care of it yourself, a testing kit would only be recommended if you really want to know which species you are dealing with. Knowing this is not really essential – what is essential is using the correct cleaning solutions and following the correct safety procedures during the removal process. What’s also important is determining how the infestation came about in the first place (ie water leaks, high levels of humidity etc) and taking necessary steps to address and fix it.
If you decided you need one then the following section will be of use to you. Luckily we took all the guess work out of choosing the correct kit for your needs.
Using these types of products for the first time can be confusing. Fortunately, the DIY Easy Mold Test will guide you through the entire process with their easy to follow step by step instructional guide.
With this product you will be able to carry out 3 tape lift samples (surface tests). Once the samples are collected you will post them to the laboratory for thorough analysis.
Pros: Most kits on the market only test for a handful of species but with this particular product all species are tested for. In addition, you will receive a number of informative booklets on where to search for mold as well as water damage and simple to follow instructions on how to take samples. Once the lab has completed the analysis, a detailed report will be emailed to you. You may even call the laboratory at anytime to talk to experienced staff about your results.
Cons: The only real downside is that the cost of shipping samples to the lab are not included.
What is included? Three surface tests. Clear step by step instructions. An informative booklet on how and where to inspect your property for water leaks and mold. Free phone consultations to the laboratory to discuss your results.
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The Pro-Lab Mold Test Kit is by far one of the most thorough detection kits for its price. The product allows you to perform 3 different types of tests.
There’s the HVAC test which tests indoor air for not only mold spores but also pollen and dust mites (Not recommended). The settling plate test is where you place a sample into a prepared petri dish and wait approximately 2 days for the incubation period to complete (Not recommended).
The third and final available test is the visual sampling method. It requires a sample to be taken with a sterilized swab which then gets placed into a petri dish. The dish containing the mold sample gets sent to a laboratory for professional and thorough analysis (Recommended).
Pros: Not only is this probably the highest quality product for its price on the market but the samples get sent to one of the best laboratories in the United States. The product even comes with a return envelope to help simplify the posting process.
Cons: There are two downsides to this product. The first downside is that the cost of the analysis is not included in the price; instead it will cost an additional $40. And lastly, the Pro-Lab Mold Test Kit, although providing 3 different testing options only allows you to do 1 test per kit. If you want to do a swab test and an air sample test then you will have to purchase 2 of these kits.
What is included? The Pro-lab mold test kit includes everything you will need to do the tests which includes a swab, a petri dish, clear step by step instructions, growth medium and a return envelope for your samples.
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Here we review the various mold test kits under instant or lab analysis results and lab turnaround time.
|Product||Instant Results||Send to Laboratory||Laboratory Turnaround time|
|DIY Easy Mold Test||No||Yes||Approximately 5 days|
|Pro-Lab Mold Test Kit||No||Yes||Approximately 5 days|