By now you all know my toxic mold story. Wait, stories. Sadly there is more than one. You also know how I much I trust and respect the specific type of mold and mycotoxin testing we used. I have never hidden the fact the mold testing is expensive. Although it was worth every penny in my case, I know a lot of people are on the fence about expensive testing.
In my situation, I really had no option other than an ERMI test. We had no visible mold. Therefore, I could not test actual mold. I had to rely on mold that became trapped in dust around on home. While I wouldn’t change a thing about the testing we did, I may have considered another option if we had visible mold.
What option is this?
It is DIY Mold Testing.
Fair warning – I was provided with a couple of free kits to test out. I specifically asked for the kits because I wanted to see if the DIY Mold Testing was truly a viable, reliable option. I am not being paid to endorse this product. I am sharing my experience to benefit you.
DIY Mold Testing consists of a “tape lift” kit which allow you to take three samples, easy to follow instructions, the lab analysis, and a detailed report. The price is right – currently under $40 on Amazon. Of course, I couldn’t imagine that something so inexpensive could really be worthwhile but I gave it a whirl.
Luckily (or not luckily) I had a couple of places from which to lift some actual visible mold. The process was easy. The instructions are straightforward so you can’t goof this up. I labeled them, packaged them up, and sent them in.
I received the results very quickly and was quite impressed with the quality of information provided about the various types of mold spores tested for. I even learned a couple of things! I was particularly impressed with the images presented. You get to see what actual mold spores look like for various strains. Pretty cool stuff.
Unlike an ERMI, the DIY Mold Test results will NOT give you spore counts for specific molds, nor are there as many mold types tested for. However, all the big guns are listed. The results are presented in a range from very low to very high. You get a clear picture of whether or not you have a problem in your home/office/vehicle and whether you should move forward with additional testing and/or inspecting.
Basically, the DIY Mold Test is perfect for:
- Folks on a budget who need confirmation that there is a specific strain present;
- People on the fence about conducting more extensive and expensive testing;
- Individuals who are not sure if what they are seeing is mold;
- Anyone who possibly has mold growing on items in storage and want to make a decision about what to do with them.
The DIY Mold Test is not a fit for anyone experiencing health issues that might be related to mold but who have no visible mold present. You need to go straight to the ERMI. It is also not very useful if you want specific spore counts and not just a ranking of “low” or “high.”
Overall, I am very pleased with this option. I think it opens the doors for people on a budget to test the visible mold in their home who might otherwise not be able to. The owner of the company is wonderful, very supportive, and truly wants to help those who need to get this sort of testing done.
If you are looking for a reliable, yet inexpensive option to test visible mold, check out the DIY Mold Test on Amazon, my favorite affiliate partner.