You can sure depend upon your olfactory senses to detect the presence of mold in air. However, often the quantity of mold is not sufficient to give out a moldy smell. In that case, you can test air to check if there are any mold spores present using air testing kits. Do-it-yourself air testing kits are widely available on the internet and are useful for preliminary testing such as looking for the presence of hidden mold growth. While air testing kits are many choosing the right kit can be difficult if you don’t know exactly what results from each test kit mean. Good air testing kits should come with detailed instructions on how to collect a sample of air from your home and what to do with the samples once collected. Usually a good air testing kit should be the same as the ones used by professionals. Once you collect the samples, you can then send them to an accredited laboratory such as Mold & Bacteria Consulting Laboratories for an analysis of your indoor air quality and assistance with results interpretation.
When to use air testing kits
If you can’t see any visible mold and you suspect there could be hidden mold growth, you can test your air for mold spores. There are air testing kits available at different price ranges but we recommend using the same sampling equipment as the professional (click air sampling to see a demonstration) even if it means paying slightly more. If you need to test a big space or multiple rooms, it’s best to choose one of the more economical air testing kits package. If you suspect you have a serious mold growth or are unsure about using a testing kit yourself, call in a professional.
The most and best advantages are that the professional air test kits are easy to use. With the use of these air testing kits, you can test your own home without any help of professionals. This can save you both money and time. When you do the testing yourself using air test kits you don’t have to adjust your schedule to fit that of the professional and you can do the testing at your convenient time.