Four Tips to Protect Yourself During Mold Inspection

Four Tips to Protect Yourself During Mold Inspection

Due to recent natural disasters, many people are worried about mold growth in their homes. Although mold can be dangerous in some cases, it is not always dangerous.

Mold is difficult to detect because it can often be hard to see or smell. Mold inspectors can make huge promises by promising to help you with coupons and ads. With so much at stake, who can you believe?

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Experts Richard Shaughnessy (director of research for The University of Tulsa’s Indoor Air Quality Program) and Bill Sothern (owner of Microecologies, an environmental consulting firm in New York City), shared tips on how homeowners can protect their homes and wallets during the difficult and expensive process of mold inspection.

This is an example for house mold.

1 Do Your Research

Experts advise homeowners to verify references, credentials and referrals. Some certifications are based on extensive training. Others, such as ABC’s “The Lookout”, do not. ABC News anchor Cynthia McFadden was certified as a mold assessor by passing an honor system test. She paid $49.95 and purchased a book for $34.00.

2) Slower Is Better

Experts advise homeowners to be cautious of inspectors who rush to make a decision. A thorough inspection should be done to find signs of mold or moisture. It also needs to include a history about the home, its occupants, and moisture and temperature readings. Depending on the size of your home, an entire house could take between one and three hours.

3 Tests Don’t Hold All the Answers

The EPA states that sampling should be done if there is visible mold growth. However, testing can help to detect hidden mold. Some government agencies warn that remediation should not solely be based upon test results. Experts warn against inspectors who only test for samples but base mold remediation solely on the sampling.

4) Don’t Think Extreme

The least intrusive approach should be used first in inspections. Mold inspections are like peeling an onion. If mold or moisture is detected, the inspector might need to be more involved and remove another layer. Mold inspection is a step by step process that relies on what you see.

Do you need to sample for mold?

If there is visible mold growth, sampling is not necessary. Because no EPA or federal limits have been established for mold or spores, sampling can’t be used to verify compliance of a building with federal mold standards. Surface sampling can be helpful to determine whether an area has been properly cleaned or remediated. Professionals with expertise in mold sampling in Houma should use professionals familiar with the design of sampling protocols and methods. The American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists and other professional organizations recommend that sample analysis be done using the analytical methods.