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10 Things Mold Inspectors Wonít Tell You


Because toxic mold growth in a home or workplace is very dangerous to occupant health, it is especially unfortunate that many mold inspectors wonít tell you these 10 things about themselves and the mold inspection of your residence or commercial building, according to mold expert Phillip Fry, webmaster of  the mold information websites www.moldinspector.com and www.buildingmoldinspection.com.

1. Most mold inspectors have not received sufficient, thorough, and complete training and certification to be effective and professional-quality mold inspectors.

2. Most mold inspectors are unlicensed because mold inspectors are licensed only by five states: Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, and Texas.

3. Many mold inspectors have not agreed to abide by a strict Code of Ethics, such as required of the mold inspector graduates of the Environmental Hygienist Associationís www.ecology-college.com training and certification program for Certified Mold Inspectors, Certified Mold Remediators, and Certified Environmental Hygienists.

4. Most mold inspectors fail to do a thorough and complete physical examination of a home or building for water and mold problems that may be hidden inside walls, ceilings, floors, attics, basements, crawl spaces, and heating/cooling equipment and ducts.

5. The careful physical mold inspection of the house or workplace 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.

6. Most mold inspectors have a huge conflict of interest because they also sell and provide expensive mold removal and mold remediation services.

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

8. One way to help resolve that big conflict of interest is to for the property owner, manager, or tenant to inform prospective mold inspectors know that the 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.

9. 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.

10. 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 a professional mold inspection with mold testing in most areas of the USA, Ontario Province of Canada, and Asia-wide 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 both Certified Mold Inspectors, Certified Mold Remediators, and Certified Environmental Hygienists.  They are also the instructors for mold  and environmental hygienist training and certification for the Environmental Hygienist Association.

Mold Growth Lab
Grow, count, and identify only living mold spores in your self-collected Mold Growth Lab surface samples, air samples, and bulk physical samples worldwide, both before and after mold remediation with mold growth Petri lab dishes from Mold Growth Lab.
 
Mold Growth Lab provides you with easy-to-follow mold testing steps to use both Mold Growth Lab surface samplers and Petri lab dishes to collect possible mold growth on any surface, in room air, in the outward air flow from heating/cooling air ducts, and on mold growth on building material physical specimens.
 
You can self-observe the lab dishes for 7 days to know: (1) is it mold? (2) is the mold alive? (3) how many mold colonies grew in the 7 day observation period.  Only living mold spores will grow in the special mold food habitat inside the Petri lab dishes. Each living mold spore will grow a separate, distinguishable, countable, and identifiable mold colony. Dead mold spores will grow NO mold colonies.
 
After the 7 day culture growth time period, each lab dish can be analyzed by our partner mold analysis lab to identify and quantify the mold colonies that have grown during that 7 days, and then provide a written report with such mold species identification and quantification.

For more information on mold inspection and mold lab analysis, email Phillip Fry phil@moldinspector.com or phone toll-free 866-300-1616 or cell phone 480-310-7970 or visit www.moldexpertconsultants.com.  

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