DIY Mold Testing Kits: Do They Really Save You Money?
Here's How The Dollars Stack Up
These days, everyone in Medical District, NV, is on a tight budget. Home mold testing kits seem like an inexpensive alternative to a professional mold inspection, but do they really save you money? Here’s how the dollars stack up:
1. The Cost of the Test Kit
While the cost of a home mold kit varies widely, it’s generally much less than the cost of a professional investigation. A home kit tests for the presence of mold spores and yields either a negative (no spores detected) or positive result. Spoiler alert: All home test kits yield positive results! Mold spores are a normal part of our environment, and all homes contain mold.
2. The Cost of the Lab Work
A DIY mold test detects mold, but it can’t tell you what kind of mold is present or whether the mold poses a threat to your health. For that information, you’ll need to mail your mold testing sample to a lab, which will cost an additional fee. A lab report can tell you the type of mold spores that were detected, but you still won’t have the answers to some key questions, such as:
- Is this kind of mold toxic?
- What’s causing this mold to grow in your house?
- Where is the mold located? Is it in any other locations?
- How do you remove the mold? How can you ensure that it’s completely gone? Will it come back?
3. The Cost of Remediation
The only way to answer those questions is to have a professional mold remediation company conduct a mold investigation, including a visual inspection of your home and testing by a certified individual. In other words, you'll still end up paying for that professional service you had hoped to avoid, but now you’re also out the additional costs associated with the DIY kit.
A home mold testing kit may appear to be the best option for budget-conscious homeowners; however, these kits aren’t likely to save you any money, and you may actually end up spending more overall.