Updated on 19 October, 2021
These two products are great alternatives to the common chemical mold assessment by your professional mold inspector. They both are easy to use and do-it-your self test kits which effectively screen out the presence of airborne fungi and mold in your home or office. When you purchase your mold test kit, you will receive it directly in the mail with detailed instructions on how to gather the specimen. The instructions also include a protocol to follow in case testing shows mold or fungus is in a suspected area. The test can be conducted in a few short days or even overnight at a laboratory.
Although many people would assume that professional services like those offered by a mold testing laboratory cost a lot of money, they don't. There are do-it yourself kits available that may be purchased for as little as $50. And while there are expensive professional services that may be required in extreme cases (think toxic black mold), most of them do not cost an arm and a leg. Do-it-Yourself kits are an excellent investment in your peace of mind. Mold testing can be a daunting task, but with do-it yourself air mold test kits you can be assured that your situation is being professionally handled and that help is on the way.
The air mold test kit that comes with a mold detection system uses ultraviolet light to identify the presence of airborne fungi or mold. To do this, the user must place the device near suspected areas and activate the light. Only one test should be run using a single device. If more than one sample is found, then additional devices can be used in succession, each consisting of one hour of exposure.
After identifying the type of mold present on the samples, the testers proceed to the next step which involves testing for contamination from any airborne fungi or spores. Samples of suspected drywall, insulation, or carpet need to be taken for this step. Air sampling tools are used to collect samples of the air and the surrounding surfaces as well. The presence of mold spores on drywall indicates that mold has invaded the space and begun growing; mold growing on insulation indicates that moisture levels in the area are conducive for mold growth.
Next the samples are tested for toxicity, to see if they are harmful to humans or the environment. This test is usually done in a laboratory. Mold inspector usually carries a dosimeter to measure the level of toxins in the samples. Mold testing for toxicity is very important to the homeowners because even the slightest mold growth can be dangerous. So a homeowner who suspects a mold problem should take measures to find out if there is a toxicity problem.
Mold inspectors also perform a physical inspection of the suspected mold growth. A visual check is performed to ascertain if there are visible signs of mold growth. In some cases, visual inspections alone cannot determine if the suspected mold area contains mold spores. Air sampling kits are available that can be used to check for contamination from airborne mold spores. Some mold remediation companies provide ultraviolet light exposure testing to determine if mold has penetrated the insulation or if any water leakages have occurred.
If the Air Mold Test Kit does not contain enough material for a complete inspection, then the customer is advised to bring in additional samples by filling out the kit's sampling form. The samples are then taken to the lab for detailed testing. The Air Mold Analyzer can determine if the suspected mold area contains spores and if so, which species are present. If a mold testing lab does not possess the proper sampling equipment or the right information about the species involved, then the results are probably invalid. Mold Analyzers are not very expensive but do require a significant investment of time, personnel and materials.
Many people are surprised to learn that petri dishes contain less mold than the dish they use for drying fruits or pet food. Petri dishes often have large surface areas so they can hold large amounts of moisture which is great for breeding mold colonies. It can take years for petri dishes to dry out completely and therefore, they are not a good place for long-term contamination. When purchasing an Air Mold Test Kit, make sure that it also contains petri beads. This will help in determining the amount of mold present in the area and whether the presence of mold is a problem for your particular dwelling.