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When Is Mold Testing Necessary?

[ 0 ] June 11, 2010 |

Mold Testing

Mold testing is not the type of test anyone wants to experience. However, you might need one if you suspect a mold problem in your home. The tests can detect problems not visible to the human eye. Spores can be discovered in the air you breathe, in dust and on surfaces in your home or other buildings. You’d never see that with your naked eye, but it’s there waiting to cause problems. In spite of the benefits, it’s important to note that mold tests aren’t always accurate.


In some cases, tests are performed by observing samples in an incubator. A sample is placed in the incubator and grown using nutrients. This helps the tester determine what type of mold is present. However, this type of mold test can miss or incorrectly identify a sample.

The problem arises when the sample doesn’t respond to the nutrients used in the test. Other tests are better at successfully identifying samples. But even then, the tests might fail to pinpoint exactly what you have in your home. Because of these shortcomings, mold testing is not always 100 percent accurate.

You should understand that testing might not solve your problem. For example, you could have more than one form of mold in your home. Unless a sample is taken from every single location, you’ll never know the difference. You have to decide if testing is worth the cost. It’s clear that testing does have its limitations, but there are some benefits as well.

Testing can justify the cost of mold removal. Depending on the situation, you can pay thousands of dollars to have the problem treated. Perhaps your wife or husband feels the removal process is an unnecessary expense. If testing reveals a toxic situation, your spouse will not object to the mold removal. Likewise, testing after cleaning can let you know if the process was successful.

The cost of mold testing depends on how it’s done. You might save some money if you use an at home mold test. This involves taking a sample from your home, putting it into a kit and mailing it to a testing facility. You can also contact a service to visit your home and perform the testing. Your best recourse is to research the cost to see which you can afford.

This is why it’s important to investigate your home beforehand. Look to see how serious of a mold problem you actually have. If it’s a small problem, you may be able to handle it on your own. First, look for the source of the problem. Mold is caused by moisture and damp conditions. Find the source of the problem, fix it and then worry about mold removal and testing.

Things to Know

To recap, here are some things you should know. First, mold testing isn’t 100 percent reliable. The tests can miss things or misidentify the type of mold in your home. Second, you might not actually need a test. However, it’s worth it if it gives you peace of mind.

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About Editor: The Mold Removal Review is a division of a U.S. Gulf Coast based consumer advocate information provider whose goal is to provide consumers with up to date information on high-demand goods and services related to mold removal. View author profile.

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