Choosing The Correct Mold Testing Kit For Your Property

If you find what you think could be mold growth in your home whether it is on the walls of your bedroom, in the basement or the crawl space of your home or possibly in your closet it is always wise to identify the type of mold before attempting any sort of clean up.

For what reason? Well, many molds are fairly harmless, maybe causing some minor allergies like itchy eyes, headaches or irritating some existing illness such as asthma. Others, can be dangerously toxic and should only be dealt with by professionals.

To enable you to determine mold types in your home there are numerous different home mold testing kit on the market. As usual the choice can be confusing with most kits designed for a specific sort of test.

So, in an effort to aid your decision what sort of mold testing kit you should purchase shown below are some different types of kit and an explanation of their uses.

1. The Lift Tape mold testing kit

This type of mold test kit is great if you are already certain that the substance you have come across is undoubtedly mold but still have to determine the strain. It may be used to test the surfaces of floors, walls, ceilings, furniture etc.

This mold testing kit could not be simpler to use, simply peel back the tape from the tacky surface and press the sticky side of the tape gently onto the mold surface. Then, simply replace the covering over the sticky surface and post it off for laboratory analysis.

Remember – you will have to use one mold test kit per surface.

2. The Instant Mold Test Kit

This mold testing kit will confirm in an instant – well, in about 10 minutes to be more accurate – whether the growth you are worried about is actually mold. What it cannot tell you is the actual type of mold, you will still need laboratory analysis to discover whether it is toxic and/or potentially damaging to health.

Once again this mold testing kit is extremely straight forward to use. Take the swab out of the tube – make sure you don’t touch the end of the swab. Swab the suspect area and then return the swab to the tube. Shake the test tube and leave for approximately 10 minutes then match the color against the color chart which is included in the kit.

With this mold testing kit also you will have to use a new kit for each area you wish to test.

3. The Viable Mold Test Kit.

The Viable mold test kit is undoubtedly the one which has most uses for a mold testing kit which does not require laboratory testing.

This mold testing kit can be used to determine whether there is mold present and also the strain of mold. You can also to use it in testing the air quality of your home and the heating system.

This mold testing lit consists of a Petri dish with gel in it and a swab. To complete the test simply swab the suspected mold then rub the swap over the gel in the dish, replace the lid and allow it to germinate for a few of days – usually anything from 3 to 7 days.

Should you want to use it to test the air quality of a room you will need 2 mold test kits. Take the lids off both – sit one in the room and the second should be placed outside but still close to the room you are testing.

Leave the the mold kits in place for approximately one hour before replacing the lids. In around 7 days you will probably have some mold growth.

Next, compare the results. If both show the same types of mold growth then the mold found in your room is merely representative of what is found in the general environment. If there are differences and the Petri dish from the room is showing additional or different types of mold growth it is probably wise to have it analysed at a laboratory.

To check your heating system, close all vents except one which is furthest away from the heating/cooling system open. Put on the system on the highest setting for approximately 10 minutes with the mold test kit attached to the open vent. After this time close the dish and again allow it to “cook” for 7 days maximum.

A note note of caution – if you find that there is significant mold growth in the Petri dish used to test the heating/cooling system it would be wise to have it properly analysed at a laboratory.

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This post was written by assistant on November 2, 2011

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