While it might be tempting to use DIY Mold Tests, they may not be as effective as mold testing in NY. Let’s have a glance at the problem linked with DIY mold testing kits:
1) No Expiration Dates – DIY mold test kits sit on hardware counters or storage spaces for undisclosed sums of time, hindering the agar (gooey material) to contaminants. Because there is no identifiable expiration date for these kits, consumers are unable to ascertain how much possible handling or vulnerability these kits have had despite their sterile requirement.
2) Demonstrated Lab Inaccuracies – There have been diverse cases where the actual levels are low but show high mold and vice versa.
3) Uncontrollability of Shipping and Handling – DIY kits need to be sent by the mail system for “lab examination.” Such processing is unchecked, leaving the package responsive to components such as excessive temperatures and moisture, inappropriate handling, and overall shipping delay time. Such determinants can contribute to false positives and false negatives.
4) No Air Flow to Determine Mold in Cubic Units– Most measures and guidelines apply to mold spores per cubic meter or coliform forming unit, but achieving a level of mold per volume of air is impracticable without a controlled airflow through the application of a mechanical pump.
5) No Control Sample – A control sample is required to confirm the altitude of spores and give a significant reference point. Many DIY kits do not give a dish to take such a corresponding sample from another room or outside.
6) Misleading Marketing – Consumers usually believe that the DIY kit they buy will quantify and qualify the kinds of mold they have, but this is not the scenario. The Petri dishes must be sent out to the lab for examination.
7) No Accredited Laboratory Certification, Approval or Chair of Custody – The labs affiliated with DIY kits are rarely accredited and are not supported by any authorized agency. Usually, there is no chain of custody (COC) to document the transference of the kit properly or to note receipt of the kit by the lab, and essential data such as the date, time of examination, lab location etc., are usually overlooked.
8) Kits Do Not Value Dead Spores: Settling plates and other DIY kits are centered on growing mold, but dead spores can also affect your well-being. Water damage-makers like Stachybotrys, Chaetomium and Ulocladium may not bestow upon the DIY kit.
9) No Inspection – DIY kits do no give an overall perception of your mold infection. A significant part of a thorough mold investigation is the inspection process, which needs specific instrumentation such as digital moisture measures, hygrometers, infrared cameras and other tools, along with a proficient visual inspection.
10) Spore Features Make Some More Prone to “Stick” – Mold spores have unusual weight, density and airflow features and do not settle at the same pace. For example, heavier spores fall on the Petri dishes faster and take up more of the sample plate. Gluey molds, particularly water damage signs and Black Mold, might not seem as readily on the DIY kits, but this absence could symbolize more significant growth elsewhere.
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