I look at it as too much liability to do it yourself. You would also have to disclose that you used some sort of at home testing kit instead of a state certified or a gov’t lab. Are you even allowed to perform the testing yourself in your state for a fee and or as part of your services?
Yes, I have.
Then its a time thing again with getting the sample to a shipping drop point so it arrives inside the proper time frame.
The local county lab I use now require a sample (for bacteria testing) to be in their hands within 24 hours of obtaining it.
I think it is nice to be able to advertise that it qualifies for “official use”. I’ve been half-heartedly trying to add water testing for several months now. But trying to find out state and HUD requirements for who, what, and where is a nightmare. And calling anyone at the state usually ends up with more questions than answers, lol. I just worry that if a client hires me to perform a water test, but then finds out HUD won’t accept it because it wasn’t collected or tested or whatever following their rules, it could be a nightmare.
The “informational test” is one way to prevent this, but I feel it also limits the potential market a bit as well.
Unfortunately the nearest “state accredited lab” is an hour away from me. We have been in talks but their prices are high. They want me to drive the samples to them but say overnight shipping would be ok if packaged correctly. But overnight shipping adds even more to the cost, making it tough to come up with a reasonable rate that I can make money on.
EMSL labs has a very nice and affordable kit that includes priority shipping, but they are quick to point out that the test is “informational only.” I guess that’s why it’s been on my to-do list so long, lol.
Yep, EMSL just raised their test kits by $15 or so, possibly due to shipping costs. The only reason I know that is I have a spreadsheet started with 5 or so different testing labs to try and determine who I want to use. Your thread spurred me to revisit this again and when I went to the EMSL website, their costs were higher than when I first created the spreadsheet a few months ago.