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Are Do-it-yourself Mold Tests Better than Professionals?

by Joslyn
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Development of Mold Symptoms

Holly Kestinis was worried about her 8 yr old son because of his recently developed head aches. After a series of consecutive complaints about his head hurting, Holly found that she too was beginning to have severe pain head aches which she had never had before.


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Realizing she had to do something about the newly devoloped , Holly called the local mold inspector to have her house examined.

Within the next couple of days Tim Glisson arrived to do a routine check. After a couple of red flags were sent up, he decided to run a few tests to see if the mold found was extremely harmful.

Testing for Mold

Tim collected a few samples and then was asked to compare the Do-it-yourself tests to a professional mold inspection. Tim agreed and followed the directions. Setting out the plate in the mold affected area to wait, Tim finished his tests within a few hours and took them back to the lab. Meanwhile, the do-it-yourself test would take a full 48 hours to finish.

Compare Test Results

Two weeks later Tim was back with his results and the do-it-yourself results to compare. The do-it-yourself detected two mold breeds while the professional lab detected three.

Do-It-Yourself Mold Tests or Professional Tests?

So while the kit detected only two breeds of mold and Tim’s tests found three, both agreed that Holly’s mold was not toxic… yet. To deal with the issue at hand, Tim gave Holly the instructions to have her ducts cleaned, and replace the drywall ceiling in the bathroom. He also advised her to add a ventilation vent in the bathroom.


In this case, Professionally done mold inspections work the best by being faster, and more efficient, detecting all breeds of mold, not just two, though they both agreed none of the mold was toxic.

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Source : Tampa Bay’s 10 News

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So what was causing the severe headaches? And are they still having them?

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I have mould in my house….

i have bought a mould machine…

The Mold Alert Thermo-Hygrometer



12 TD

is this reading too high..

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Yolanda Gonzales September 12, 2016 - 2:14 am

I have not done any tests or inspections but I am pretty sure that I have a mold problem i my house. I am in Southern NM and would like to find local companies that do mold cleanup. Thank you. Any help is appreciated.

Jamie Fabela September 27, 2019 - 5:55 pm

Great article. I always love the examples in your posts whether they’re internal or other peoples business.


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