If there was one organism that was in dire need of a PR overhaul, it would probably be black mold. Yup, when it comes to mold, you don’t get much worse than this. Yet how much of it is over-sensationalized, and how much should we really take to heart? MoldBlogger investigates!
There is quite a bit of contradictory advice when it comes to testing for mold in the home; namely, whether it’s a DIY-type job or one that calls for the experts. But as with most things, it’s not a black and white answer, with different circumstances requiring different approaches. Before we explain further, however, let’s outline the factors that may lead you to check your home for mold in the first place:
How to Use a Pro-Lab Mold Test Kit
According to TopTenReviews.com, the Pro-Lab Mold Test Kit is the #1 home mold test kit on the market for 2017, due to its simplicity of use, full-range testing methods, thorough mycology lab analysis (an extra fee), and its American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) certification.
Three Testing Methods
Each test in the Pro-Lab kit requires you to prepare a petri dish by pouring a mold medium, or a growth hormone, into the dish. After the growth hormone hardens, you can use the petri dish in one of three methods to collect a sample.
The Best Mold Test Kits of 2017
Angie Parkinson of Top Ten Reviews recently evaluated the top ten mold test kits on the market and rated them according to cost, testing and analysis capabilities, adequacy of supplies, and the type and availability of customer support. You can read her full report here.
Finding mold can make your stomach drop. Not only is it unsightly, but it can cause serious damage to your health. When you see mold, your first thought may be one of fear and panic. Is this mold dangerous? How far has it spread? How much is it going to cost to get rid of it?
Mold can affect a property valuation in a variety of ways. You own residential property that you live in or flip, and you must make sure you understand what mold is doing to the property. You must consider all the things that mold does to the house before you take action to fix the problem.
Many people today are making a lot of money buying and selling properties. However, there is also the potential for losses if buyers don’t do their due diligence before purchasing. Even with insurance covering the losses, buyers may find themselves losing a lot of money when they purchase a bad property. Generally, when this happens buyers are unaware of it beforehand. Although there are laws that protect buyers when sellers do not disclose negative facts about the home, the seller can always claim that he was unaware. Therefore, it is important that buyers have a home professionally inspected before making a purchase. Below is a full overview, courtesy of Pink Pest Services of what can happen when mistakenly purchasing a property only to find catastrophic damage.