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News Release dated Dec. 26, 2013

Mold Consultant Phillip Fry Reports the Top Dozen Things
 
Your Mold Removal Company Won’t Tell You


Because dangerous toxic mold growth is present and often hidden in at least half of the homes and workplaces in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Asia, it is particularly disastrous that many mold removal and cleanup firms won’t tell you these twelve things about themselves and the mold remediation of your residence or commercial building, according to mold consultant Phillip Fry, webmaster of  the mold information websites www.moldinspector.com and www.buildingmoldinspection.com.

1. Almost all mold remediation attempts fail to find and safely remove of all of the actual mold growth that is often hard-to-find and very widespread in multiple locations in homes and workplaces.

As a result, if “clearance” mold inspection and mold testing is done (after the mold remediation project is supposedly completed) by a qualified, independent Certified Mold Inspector, Certified Environmental Hygienist, or Professional Industrial Hygienist, such clearance testing often finds and documents high levels of remaining and unhealthy toxic airborne mold spores in room air and the outward air flow from heating/cooling air supply ducts,  as well as unremoved mold growth on and inside building walls, ceilings, floors, heating/cooling equipment and ducts, crawl spaces, basements, and attics.

2. Many poorly-executed mold remediation jobs actually make a building’s mold problems bigger and worse by spreading the mold growth infestation everywhere through out the entire residence or building and its heating/cooling equipment and ducts because many mold removal companies fail to: (a) install properly-installed plastic sheeting mold job containment walls; (b) create sufficient negative air pressure inside the contained mold work area with large high output air scrubbers that have both an industrial HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter to remove both mold spores and mold mycotoxins VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from the air inside the mold work area as well as the entire residence or building; and (c) use professionally-trained, fully-supervised employees who don’t take shortcuts from an established as effective mold removal protocol, such as posted at www.moldinspector.com/mold_removal.htm.

3. Most mold removal service company owners, supervisors, and employees have not received sufficient, thorough, professional, and complete training and certification to be effective and successful-in-results mold remediators.

4. Many mold removal companies are unlicensed because mold remediators are licensed only in five states in the USA: Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, and Texas, and there is no mold remediator licensing outside of the USA.

5. Most mold remediators have not agreed to abide by a strict, professional code of ethics, such as required of the mold remediator graduates of the Environmental Hygienist Association’s
www.ecology-college.com training and certification program for Certified Mold Inspectors, Certified Mold Remediators, and Certified Environmental Hygienists.

6. Most mold removal companies only remove part of a home or workplace’s actual and often-hidden mold infestation because the company’s staff members fail to do a thorough and complete physical examination of a home or building for water and mold problems that may be hidden anywhere, and possibly everywhere, inside walls, ceilings, floors, attics, basements, crawl spaces, and heating/cooling equipment and ducts.

7. The careful physical mold inspection and mold testing of the house, office, or other commercial building must include using a high-quality, professional moisture meter to check for elevated levels of moisture in all room floors, basement floor, crawl space walls, attic floor and ceiling, and the floors and walls of all rooms that have plumbing such as the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry. In addition, the inspector should use a hygrometer to measure the relative humidity of each room and building area.

8. Mold victims should hire a mold remediation company that did not do the initial mold inspection because most mold inspectors have a huge conflict of interest because they also sell and provide expensive mold removal and mold remediation services.

9. Because of that real conflict of interest, mold inspectors have a big incentive to do their mold inspections and mold testing in ways that distort, misrepresent, over-state, and/or exaggerate their mold growth findings.

10. Two ways to help resolve that big conflict of interest are: (a) the property owner, manager, or tenant should inform prospective mold inspectors that the mold inspector will be hired only to do the initial mold inspection and testing plus any required clearance testing after any discovered mold problems have been removed and remediated by an independent mold removal company that is unrelated to the mold inspector doing both the initial and clearance mold inspection and testing; and (b) pay for a “second opinion” by paying for a thorough mold inspection and testing by a second mold inspector unrelated to the first inspector.

11. Doing only the inspector-popular, customary testing of the air for the possible presence of elevated levels of mold species does not give a true picture of the total and actual mold status of a home or building compared to doing both air testing and testing horizontal surfaces in the building---surfaces such as the top side of kitchen cabinets, lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, window trim, door trim, and out of the way carpeting that is rarely vacuumed. Such horizontal surfaces are the location of accumulated landed mold spores, which are more valuable and predictive than air testing to know the existence and severity of mold problems.

12. Taking only one or a few mold air tests and surface sampling tests is insufficient and inadequate to know the true extent of mold infestation in a building.  Mold testing should be done in at least the following locations: (a) outdoor mold control air test done at least six feet beyond the roof drip edge; (b) air test of the outward air flow from each separate heating/cooling system that operates in the home or building; (c) air tests of the air in several key rooms such as living room, bedrooms, kitchen, basement, crawl space, and attic.

To schedule professional mold inspection and mold remediation in most areas of the USA and Ontario Province of Canada, with mold consultants Phillip and Divine Fry of EnviroFry, email them
phil@moldinspector.com or phone toll-free 1-866-300-1616 or cell phone 1-480-310-7970, or visit their website www.moldexpertconsultants.com.

The Frys are Certified Mold Inspectors, Certified Mold Remediators, Certified Environmental Hygienists, and Professional Industrial Hygienists.  The Frys are also the instructors for mold and environmental hygienist training and certification for the Environmental Hygienist Association.
 

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