In the United States, most home owners have mold or believe that they have mold in their homes. Typically, they buy a mold tester for homes from a local home improvement store and use it to determine any mold issue they have in their homes. They also think that using mold testers that are sold at local home improvement stores are more convenient, efficient and cheap.
Once the mold tester shows that they do have a mold issue, they will then immediately call a mold removal service provider to take care of the mold issue. There is nothing wrong with hiring a mold removal service provider if the mold test is accurate. But for an average home owner, there is no way for him or her to know if the mold tester is providing accurate results or not. Hence, if the mold test result is wrong, the removal company might be working on a completely incorrect room and proper procedures might not be performed. For this reason, it is crucial to choose an IEP or Indoor Environmental Professional instead of a home mold tester.
The following information will help you understand the importance of choosing IEP over mold testers:
Using a mold tester
When you smell mold in a specific room, you would think that the mold issue is in that room. So you will place the mold tester in that specific room. But, you might be wrong. There is a possibility that the mold is traveling through the vents in your home and it goes from one room to the other. Since mold is known to be airborne, it makes the mold tester easy to fail in providing accurate results. If you will use a mold tester for your home, it would be ideal to do multiple tests all over your home, including outside your property. But it will also raise another issue – the mold removal service provider may not be able to determine the test results.
Moreover, mold testers will only verify that there is mold in your home. It will not determine the exact location of the mold issue and how to properly treat it, which depends on the level of mold damage. If the test results are given to the mold remediation company, they may end up treating the wrong area.
Using IEP (Indoor Environmentalist Professional)
An IEP or Indoor Environmentalist Professional is a trained professional who has the expertise in solving indoor environmental issues, which one of them is mold. An IEP uses specialized equipment that detects mold and where it is located. Most IEPs are trained scientists that can create a professional report and scope of work, techniques, and protocols that is required to effectively treat the mold damage.
Overall, the information provided above is a solid reason to choose IEP over mold testing kits for handling mold issues inside your home. An IEP can help you get a more accurate test result, allowing you to know where the mold issue really came from. Moreover, an IEP can help you make sure that the mold remediating company that you hired will effectively treat the mold damage professionally and thoroughly.