Professional testing of Mold or Lead or Asbestos can range from $300 - $1000 for each type. I just found some home testing kits that require you to take and submit samples.

Are these a good cost savings approach with adequate results or should I consult professionals?


I actually found this on the EPA website. EPA Accredited laboratories. You can just send samples in ziplock baggies to these laboratories for testing. I saw that a lot of the DIY kits out there are essentially just baggies! So no need to buy those kits.

  • Reasoned advice on mold is available from the feds (eg, epa.gov/mold/mold-cleanup-your-home). Mold removal companies tend to be alarmists and even uninformed. What makes you think you need to test for mold?
    – Yehuda_NYC
    Jun 27 '16 at 15:46
  • I see some water damage in our garage...the bottom part of some walls... I know that there are some asbestos vent pipes in the attic based on internet research of transite flue pipes. We live in a house that is built in 1939 so there's probably lead paint.
    – milesmeow
    Jun 28 '16 at 6:20

Seems reasonable to me. IMO, if you are able to send samples to a lab, that is going to be more precise and certain than any kit you could apply in the field.

The only thing I don't like about it is that it creates a third-party record, which means now you must engage any formalities of dealing with those things, and the formalities can be more annoying and expensive than the actual work.


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