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The Home Testing Kit Is Positive: Could It Be Right?

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Could It Be True That The Home Testing Kit Is Positive?

As a homeowner, you want to be proactive in the care of your San Mateo, CA, home. You work hard to maintain your roof, yard and appliances, so it makes sense that you want to keep your home mold-free to ensure everything is at its best. You may have decided to buy a DIY mold tester kit. These kits are supposed to help you determine whether you have mold in your home without paying for experts to help. However, while they may sound like a good idea, such kits may not always be accurate.

• No Dating System: Many mold testing kits sit on shelves or in warehouse spaces for a long time before they come into your home. While this may not seem like a big deal, extended time on the shelf increases the chances that the mold kit is already contaminated before you use it. Without an easy-to-read expiration date, you can never be too trusting of the results of the kit.

• No Accompanying Inspection: Even if a home mold testing kit comes back positive, you will not get a clear understanding of what that means without an inspection done by a professional mold removal service. You won't know the extent of the growth. You won't even know if the mold is actually growing in your home or naturally occurring in the air, as mold can naturally be found in the air both indoors and outdoors.

• No Understanding of Dead Spores: Most of the DIY mold testers only look for live mold spores. However, even dead spores could affect your home because they can become reactivated with a bit of moisture.

A home mold testing set may seem like a great thing, but it can raise more questions than it can answer. If you really want to know if you have a mold problem in your house, you need to let an environmental hygienist perform professional tests.

Call SERVPRO of San Mateo at 650-931-6060 today if you see (or smell) any signs of mold in your business or home. Our response teams are here to get you back into your home as quickly and safely as possible. “Like it never even happened."

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