Be Careful of Air Duct Cleaning Companies Claiming to be Mold Experts
I would like to talk about air duct cleaning companies that offer free mold inspections. That’s a combination to be aware of and recognize right up front.
Air duct cleaning companies that offer free mold inspections is a huge red flag. In our area, there are a lot of dishonest bait and switch air duct cleaning companies. That’s one of the ploys that they use in order to change the price significantly by several hundred dollars once they get into the home. They are going to offer a free mold inspection. Inevitably they will find mold in your home. Virtually every home. That’s part of their MO. That’s part of how they do business. They will find mold in every home.
They can be convincing or seeming creditable when they do. Sometimes they will use a swab. They will swab on the inside of the duct work to convince you that there is mold and a mold problem. It is an ATP swab. If there is mold there it will trigger the mechanism and it will turn purple., Some of the swab will turn purple. Anything organic will trigger it also. So skin cells will trigger it, bacteria, viruses and body fluids. Any of those things will trigger the reaction. The swabs, if there is something there, will trigger the reaction. They will turn purple within 60 second. If there is nothing there, the swabs will turn purple on their own after about 5 minutes.
Just because it turned colors, it doesn’t mean it was a positive test or reaction to mold. A ploy and a tool and a technique that they can easily use 100% of the time use to deceive people. They proceed to say you have a mold problem and you need your home decontaminated from mold. Their solution and what they propose is a fogging or a spray which does absolutely nothing and has nothing to do with removing mold and fixing a mold problem. If there ever was one to begin with.
Be cautious of air duct cleaning companies that offer a free mold inspection. You can almost guaranteed that they are a dishonest company and somebody you don’t to do business with.