I have a deviated septum and deformed turbinates. When exposed to mold(s), pollens and dust the turbinates swell and trap the trouble makers inside my nose which causes swelling. With this swelling comes pain from my daily living level of 3 to "have to go to the hospital for a shot" of a 9.
The mold kits I have used in several houses and even hotel rooms and hospitals ALWAYS show mold. Since this condition has made me an "unreliable employee" I qualified for disability. When going out to hospitals, doctors and testing centers (99%) of why I leave the house, I wear a variety of masks depending on what I will be exposed to and for how long I have to wear it. I have become a self proclaimed expert on masks.
Now that you know the back story, here is what I know about this test kit. It works which is more than I can say about many others. The molds that grow can be identified via visuals on Google images. I sent the first one I used into the lab and kept a photo of the dish and the readout on the molds that grew.
I am not suggesting you don't send this kit into the lab but once you have done one or two, and you use other sources to learn about the molds which should include weather.com/health, you can avoid the additional costs by doing what you can to identify the molds yourself. If you find something you have never seen or can't find then send it in and ask for just that mold to be identified. Call first to confirm they will still do this. They did it for me once. I am ordering this product for my daughters new house, my house now that Aspergillus is rampant (hopefully the snow has the spores under control). I will keep ordering from them as long as they keep up the quality of the product.
I was born with an immune system that is crashing faster than the normal persons. The estimated age of my immune system is 96, I am 53. For this reason I have to be proactive with my health. And as a final note, Ultra Violet Light, a system set up which lights all the air flowing through my furnace ducts. This helped reduce the mold spores by about 80% which I used this product to prove.
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