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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
1. Most mold inspectors have not received sufficient, thorough, and complete
training and certification to be effective and professional-quality mold
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
www.ecology-college.com training and certification program for Certified
Mold Inspectors, Certified Mold Remediators, and Certified Environmental
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone toll-free 1-866-300-1616 or cell phone
1-480-310-7970, or visit their website
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.
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Grow, count, and identify only living mold spores in your self-collected
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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
email@example.com or phone toll-free 866-300-1616 or cell phone
480-310-7970 or visit