Within our homes, there exists plenty of opportunities for unclean and harmful allergens, pollen, dust and viruses to exist. This can certainly affect the air quality in the home and as such, the health of those living under its roof. One major element of air quality and overall health that is often overlooked is the presence of mold, which can be worse than any of the aforementioned problems. Thankfully, an array of kits and tests exist to help home owners quickly determine whether or not there is a mold problem in the home. Below, you will find four kits that can be readily found and are simple to use in detecting the presence of mold under your roof.
Mold Armor FG500
Using the Mold Armor FG500 kit is a great way to determine whether the air quality of your home is suitable for yourself and family members. It comes with instructions on how you can sample the air quality of your air conditioning systems, as well as surfaces around the home and office. Using the included dishes and swabs, you will be able to procure samples and send them along to a certified lab for further inspection (the process usually takes about three weeks). All in all, the total cost of the Mold Armor FG500 analysis (kit and lab fees) runs around $50.
Home Mold Laboratory – Viable Mold Kit
While this version offers fewer testing methods than others on this list, it is very popular due to the speed at which lab results are normally returned and its overall cost. The Home Mold Laboratory kit comes with everything you will need to determine whether the most common airborne molds are present in the home, allowing you to make the necessary preparations to clean up the mess. All in all, this kit costs approximately $38 and usually results in an accurate analysis being available within two weeks of sampling.
ImmunoLytics Mold Test
The least affordable solution on this list of mold detection kits, the ImmunoLytics Mold Test kit allows for simple analysis with fast results. A comprehensive test to be sure, the included Petri dishes and swabs will allow home owners to quickly sample and ship the test to a certified lab. The kit itself costs a mere $68 and the lab fees are included in this cost. While some tests will do a better job at detecting less common forms of mold, the ImmunoLytics Mold Test is a great way to begin the process by seeing if any of the more common types are prevalent in the air and throughout the home.
PRO-LAB Mold Test Kit
With an average five-day turnaround time on results, the PRO-LAB Mold Test Kit is the fastest way to determine if certain molds are present in the home. With the kit and analysis costing around $50, you can be sure you are getting a great balance of speed versus thoroughness. Quick sampling using the included products will allow the lab technicians to accurately determine if mold is an issue in your home, leaving you with more time to address the situation.
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Today’s guest author, Ken Rogers, is a general manager at Steamatic, one of the leading fire damage restoration company based in Canada. He enjoys reading and is a regular face at the local public library.