PROS / The IAQ Pro 5-Minute Home Mold Test provides fast results and can detect black mold.
CONS / This kit has only one method for detecting mold.
VERDICT / This mold detector is easy to use and is able to determine whether black mold is growing in your house, but you can only sample small areas for mold growth.
The IAQ Pro 5-Minute Home Mold Test is one of the only mold tests we reviewed that gives you results in under 10 minutes. Most other mold test kits require sampled mold to incubate for two to seven days before sending the sample into a lab for further analysis. This test tells you if you have mold in about five minutes, and you can see if you have black mold growing in your house immediately. Like other mold detectors, you have to send a sample into a lab to get a full mycology report.
This kit uses a swab and two collection trays to detect mold. To begin testing for mold, you wipe the swab across dust or visible mold and secure the cap. The cap is a liquid bulb that you break, which releases liquid over the collection sample. You then put five drops of this liquid into the collection trays, and after five minutes, the test indicates whether it detected mold or not. One of the two collection trays is dedicated to detecting black mold, so you can see if your home has the infamous mold in your house. However, because the kit has such a small sample area, a negative reading on the test does not guarantee that mold is not growing in your house.
If the test detects mold, you'll want to consider sending a sample to the lab to determine exactly what mold was found. Sending samples for a lab analysis is optional, but it costs extra. The lab performing the mycology analysis is certified by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). This certification requires blind evaluations of the lab on a monthly basis, meaning it complies with a high standard. After the lab receives your sample, it can take up to five days to receive the analysis.
The website includes a FAQs section, which answers many questions concerning the kit and the dangers of mold exposure. The site also has a video tutorial that walks you through the test instructions and expands upon the dangers of mold in the house. The website also includes a phone number and an email form so you can contact the company if you have any questions or concerns.
The IAQ Pro 5-Minute Home Mold Test is a mold detector that is easy to use as you are testing for mold and provides results within five minutes. The test does immediately show you whether you have black mold growing in your house or not, but you'll want to consider sending a sample to the lab to get a full mycology analysis of what is growing in your home.