Found mold in your home? Want to gain a better understanding of mold? You’re at the right place.
If you search “mold” on the internet there are a ton of results. It can be very hard to sift through the reliable information and the unsubstantiated information out there on the internet.
Below are some trustworthy sources for information related to mold and indoor air quality:
Just like many trades, finding a qualified and knowledgeable mold inspector can be a difficult task. The mold industry in most States is completely unregulated, and this can lead to companies to employ less than honest practices.
The biggest conflict of interest are mold inspectors who also provide remediation services. It is best practice to have a mold assessment company identify any mold or moisture issues, and if issues are found, to prepare a detailed remediation protocol.
Then, a second company that focuses on remediation should be hired to complete the work described in that protocol while following industry standards. A good mold remediation protocol follows established industry references such as IICRC S520 (see below). After the remediation is complete, the assessor should be hired again to perform post remediation verification testing to determine if the remediation has been completed successfully and the space has been returned to a “pre-loss state”.
There are a number of certifications for the mold inspection industry, as well as a handful of states that require licensing. First, check with your local jurisdiction to see if there are any regulations regarding mold inspections and mold remediation. In locations such as Florida, New York, New Hampshire, Texas, and Washington, DC, there are requirements for certification or licensing for mold inspectors.
The most recognized certifications for mold inspectors to carry are from the ACAC (American Council for Accredited Certification). The certifications from the ACAC to look for from your mold inspector are one of the following: CIEC, CIE, CRIE, CMC, CMI, or CSMI. You can find a professional in your area using this database.
The “gold-standard” for certification in the indoor environmental industry is the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) issued by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. Due to the high standards of education and training required to achieve certification, CIH’s can be a more costly option, and many may not perform routine residential mold inspections. To find a CIH in your area, you can search this database.
A detailed mold inspection includes a visual inspection for mold growth and signs of water damage, a moisture evaluation using a moisture meter and preferably an infrared camera as well. A mold professional may also suggest additional testing such as surface sampling, dust sampling, or additional air sampling.
When searching for a mold remediation contractor, checking to see if the company and their technicians are certified by the IICRC is a good first step. The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) is the most reputable organization that relates to mold remediation.
The IICRC produces standards and reference guides for the cleaning and restoration industry to follow, IICRC S520 and IICRC R520 are the two documents that cover the restoration process for mold remediation. In addition to preparing these important documents, the IICRC also provides certifications for remediation businesses and professionals.
Should I talk with a mold expert?
Yes, especially if you see yellow or red in your report! After you’ve had mold testing done in your home, talking with a certified mold expert can give you the full perspective on what your mold test results mean, and if you need additional testing or remediation. Our experts are experienced, certified, and evaluated regularly.
Speak to one of our mold experts for just $99 for a 30-minute call. For $99, you can be sure that you’re protecting one of the most significant purchases of your lifetime. A home with mold can cause health issues for your family and impact your resale value down the road. Talking with an expert can give you a full perspective on what’s really going on inyour home and what you should really be doing about it.
One of your mold experts! Our experts have years of experience testing for mold in residential, commercial, clinical, and industrial environments. Additionally, they are equipped with the proper certifications and/or degrees. At the end of your consultation, you’ll be able to leave feedback on your call to help us continue to provide others with great experiences.
Yes, mold remediation is costly, with options ranging from $1,000 to $ 10,000. During your call, you’ll speak with a third party who has only your best interest in mind on your call. Our experts can review your current remediation plan and help you determine what is actually necessary.
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