Mold Test Kits Review

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Why Use Mold Detection Kits?

Mold is one of the simplest and most common forms of life on the planet. It decomposes decaying matter and returns the nutrients back into the ecosystem. Mold plays an important role in the medical world as medical scientists use it to create penicillin, in cholesterol-lowering drugs and as a suppressant against transplanted organ rejection. However, for as much good as mold can do, it can also cause diseases in humans and animals.

In your home, dangerous mold types, such as black mold, can grow undetected and cause allergic reactions or lead to serious circulatory, respiratory and neurological problems. Home mold test kits enable you to test your house for such pollutants. The best mold detectors – Pro-Lab Mold Test, Home Mold Laboratory Viable Mold Test and Mold Armor Do It Yourself Mold Test – have a variety of testing methods and include resources for thorough laboratory tests. We compare the best mold test kits in our side-by-side review. If you want more information, you can read helpful articles about mold tests and elimination.

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Mold Test Kits: What to Look For

There are many different types of mold tests. Some include sample testing, while others use a petri dish that collect dust and spores to fall from the air. Some black mold test kits give you the results at home, and others require you to send the sample back to a lab. As you determine the type of mold test you need, we suggest using the following criteria.

Testing Capabilities
The best mold detectors include multiple testing methods and can help you identify several indoor particles. In addition to testing for mold, you should look for a kit that also identifies pathogens such as yeast and bacteria. Timeliness is a major factor, and the sooner a kit can provide results, the sooner you'll know what you're dealing with. We recommend using a mold detection kit that provides quick test results. Finally, if a test works outdoors, you can compare your indoor results to your immediate environment.

Test Analysis
Many mold tests include mailing instructions for laboratory analysis. Most of these tests have an extra fee. Other kits require you to send your sample to a lab, forcing you to wait even longer for your results. Usually, the lab emails the results back to you. It is important to immediately review your lab report and examine your solution options. If you hope to use the mycology report as a way to save money on professional mold removal, make sure the lab is accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Many specialists will not accept mold reports unless they are from an AIHA-certified lab.

Test Supplies
It is important to find a mold test kit that includes all of the equipment necessary to collect complete samples. If a test kit is able to collect surface samples but does not include swabs or adhesive strips, you'll have to spend even more money elsewhere. Usually, you can determine the types of tests the kit can perform by looking at the included supplies.

Help & Support
Reputable mold test companies will include their telephone numbers and email addresses on their websites. In addition to contact information, look for a company that has strong support options, including FAQs and video tutorials. Also, make sure that either the kit itself or the website has a guidebook for collecting and identifying mold samples.

If you suspect that your home is infested with toxic molds, it's important to identify and deal with the problem as quickly as possible. Home mold test kits give you an excellent tool in the battle against black mold and other harmful invaders.

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Pro-Lab Mold Test Kit Home Mold Laboratory Mold Armor EDLab Evalu-Aire Basic EDLab Allergen Screen Test IAQ Pro 5-Minute Home Mold Test Mold Check Whole House Mold Test ImmunoLytics Value Test Kit First Alert MT1 EDLab Mold Screen Check
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Cost Per Test
Cost Per Kit $9.95 $9.95 $8.08 $109.95 $74.95 $44.99 $49.95 $68.00 $12.99 $52.50
Cost of Lab Analysis $40.00 $30.00 $40.00 $0 $0 $30.00 $35.95 $0 $10.00/Test $0
Total $49.95 $39.95 $48.08 $109.95 $74.95 $74.99 $85.90 $68.00 $22.99 $52.50
Test Capabilities
Usability 90% 100% 90% 70% 75% 100% 75% 100% 75% 75%
Mold Test Time (Days) 2 3 2 3 Minutes N/A 5 Minutes 3 7 N/A N/A
Test Quantity per Kit 1 1 1 2 1 2 10 2 9 1
Surface Mold Sample
Settle Plate Sample
  
  
HVAC Sample
 
     
Outdoor Testing
   
 
Physical Sample
$50/Sample       $35/Sample
 
Mold Identification
Yeast Identification
        
Fungus Identification    
    
Bacteria Identification     
     
Test Analysis
Mail-in Lab Analysis Extra Extra Extra Included Included Extra Extra Included Extra Included
Lab Turnaround Time (Days) 5 8 21 6 6 5 6 7 5 6
AIHA Certified
   
Test Supplies
Petri Dish
   
  
Swab
  
   
Physical Sample Bags
       
 
Adhesive Strip    
 
 
Listed Expiration Date  
        
Help & Support
Telephone
Email
 
FAQs
  
 
 
Video Tutorials