What makes a good Mold Inspector?
As the mold inspection industry evolves, many people have jumped into the mold business to take advantage of the new service as a potential profit center. And, as one might imagine, some are more qualified than others. There are many great mold inspectors who came from other professions, having received superb training and certifications, and who are leading the way by providing top quality mold inspection services to their clients. Many agree the best mold inspectors are those who have an extended background in general building construction and home inspection.
Look for these qualifications before hiring your mold inspector:
IESO (Indoor Environmental Standards Organization) Standards of Practice Certification
BOARD CERTIFIED Certified Residential Mold Inspector (CRMI) by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC), formerly known as American Indoor Air Quality Council (AmIAQC)
Take your time, and ask a lot of questions...get multiple opinions and quotes...and above all, if you are comfortable with a specific mold inspector, don't let the cost be the determining factor regarding who you finally hire!
Beware of bad mold inspectors:
There are a lot of mold inspection companies that play on people's fears to get their money. A true mold problem is handled in three steps.
Initial Inspection: An independent mold inspection and mold testing by a certified and insured mold inspection firm. This step documents the problem and serves as a guide for necessary repairs.
Remove the Mold: Professional mold remediation by an independent certified mold remediation firm (following IICRC 520 standards of practice).
Post-Remediation Inspection: Re-inspection and re-testing by the original inspection company to determine if the repairs were properly and effectively completed.
Never allow the remediation company to perform the post-remediation inspection or testing of their own work. It is a conflict of interest and you can never be certain if the work was done properly.
Your mold inspection firm typically acts as your guide during the process. After the three step process is complete, you will end up with three separate documents. They represent the acknowledgment of a problem, the repair of the problem and the independent verification that all repairs were successfully completed.
By adhering to the 3-step process, not only will you be comfortable that your environment is safe once again, but you will also be protected from real estate devaluation. In today's real estate world, nobody wants to buy a mold problem. Home owners are required by law to disclose home conditions before the home sale.
If you've had water intrusions or leaks which resulted in mold, producing the three documents for the buyer and/or buyers agent will immunize yourself from any attempt at negotiating a lower price due to a mold problem.