Choosing the Right Mould Testing Kit

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Home Mold Laboratory offers four types of DIY mould testing kits, the Lift Tape Analysis Kit, the Viable Home Mould Test Kit, the Instant Mould Test Kit, and the Air Check Mould Test Kit. Each serves a different purpose, and is used in different situations. The information below will help you decide which type of kit you need to order.

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When Should I Use the Lift Tape Analysis Kit?

Use the Lift Tape:

  • to find out what kind of mould(s) are present on a wall, floor, ceiling or personal possession.

If you already know that a substance is mould and you want to find out what varieties of mold are present, we recommend the Lift Tape Analysis Mould Test Kit. Home Mold Laboratory offers this kit for FREE. (We do charge $4.95 for shipping and handling per five kits)  Below, Dr. Mark Banner, directory of Mycology at Home Mold Laboratory explains when the Lift Tape Analysis Kit is appropriate.

How to use the Lift Tape Analysis Kit

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When Should I Use the Viable Mould Test Kit?

Use the Viable Mould Test Kit:

  • to test a substance that you suspect is mould but do not know for certain
  • to test the air you are breathing
  • to test the air moving through your heating or air conditioning system
  • to test a suspicious substance on a wall, floor, ceiling or personal possession

If you don’t know whether a substance is mould, you want to find out what varieties of mould are present, or you want to test air quality, we recommend the Viable Home Mould Test Kit, which can be purchased for $10.95 per kit (plus shipping and handling).

How to use the Viable Mould Test Kit

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When Should I Use the Instant Mould Test Kit?

Use the Instant Mould Test Kit:

  • when you need to know immediately whether a substance is mould
  • to test a suspicious substance on a wall, floor, ceiling or personal possession
  • to find out what kind of mould(s) are present on a wall, floor, ceiling or personal possession (available through optional laboratory analysis)

If you need to know right now whether a substance is mould, we recommend the  Instant Mould Test Kit, which can be purchased for $14.95 per kit (plus shipping and handling).

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When Should I Use the Air Check Mould Test?

Use the Air Check Home Mould Test Kit:

  • when you want to use exactly the same equipment as the professionals to test the air you are breathing
  • to find out exactly how much mould is in the air you are breathing

This kit is our most precise mould testing kit. Your results will be reported in mould spores per cubic meter of air. The Air Check Home Mould Test Kit can be purchased (including 7 Day pump rental and laboratory analysis of two testing cassettes) for $199.00 (plus shipping and handling).  Click on the video below to see when and for whom the Air Check is the appropriate solution.

How to use the Air Check Home Mould Test Kit

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Answering Other Questions

When should I test for mould?

You should test the air in your home when any of the following conditions occur:

  • there is a musty smell in the home
  • people are experiencing unexplained sickness in the home
  • the home has had a recent water leak (even if there is no mould visible)
  • someone is living in the home who is pregnant
  • someone is living in the home who has a compromised immune system
  • there are children under two years old living in the home

You should test the heating and/or air conditioning system when any of the following conditions are present

  • There is a musty smell in the building but you cannot localize it to a specific room or group of rooms
  • people are having unexplained sickness in the building, which is worse when the windows are shut and the heat or air conditioning is working.

How many kits do I need?

  • One kit for your heating and cooling system
  • One kit for each spot where you suspect growing mould
  • One kit for each room where you wish to test the air for mould