Thursday, February 3, 2011

Mold Assessment in Nashville - For or Against?

HABITEC offers mold assessment services (inspection and sampling) in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Some have suggested that mold services including testing and assessments are not necessary. I disagree and here is why.

First let me say that mold services are not for everybody. At HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, we have undergone training at two agencies and I can say that this is a complicated subject and a very serious service to offer. It is not unreasonable for some to go through the training and find that they simply do not understand the material. If you are poorly trained, or you just cannot understand the information, then you will not be able to offer a quality service. I encourage those people not to engage in mold assessments.

Second, I agree with those who see a conflict of interest when an individual is trained, tested and "certified" by the same agency (like a lab) that will provide support lab services for the assessor. How could you ever fail? I think it is important that third party agencies do the training and certification, not the company offering lab services.

Third, lab support is critical to successful mold services. If you have poor lab support in the form of sample processing or the physical report, you will not offer a quality mold service. At HABITEC we use the MoldREPORT which is an excellent presentation of the lab results.

Fourth, some suggest that you can determine whether or not you have mold in your house just by using your eyes or nose. Therefore, there is no need to test. I strongly disagree. The EPA and many in the business of IAQ will tell you that scientific knowledge of mold is growing every day. What is known today will be enhanced tomorrow. An example is that there are hundreds of species of mold and many more suspected. They come in many different colors, shapes, sizes and textures. They are created from different sources. Some have little smell at all, especially if it is dormant. To suggest that an individual can "know" they have mold in their building based solely on their senses of sight or smell is a mistake. This mistake can waste money cleaning or removing material that is normal household dirt or, worse, endanger someone's health if not identified correctly.

Mold assessments should only be conducted by individuals who have undergone quality training and testing, individuals who can clearly explain to their Client the many aspects of mold including options for mitigation, and individuals willing and able to help the Client through the complete mitigation process including mitigation verification.

Richard Acree


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