Mold removal is a three-step process. First, it includes the mold assessment phase to document the problem through an inspection as well as mold testing to assess the degree of mold contamination; second. the mold remediation phase to fix the problem; and, finally the post-remediation phase which insures that the mold remediation has been performed properly and the air quality is within the normal range.
A mold inspection is a visual and non-intrusive inspection of a building performed by a licensed mold inspector, also known as a mold assessor. The purpose of a mold inspection is to identify and to document any red flags that are present or conditions that could lead to mold growth. If a mold contamination is found, the mold inspector will formulate a hypothesis about its origin, so that he can outline solutions in his mold inspection report.
Mold Inspection Process
The following flowchart is an example of a mold inspection process which entails a process from the time a mold problem is discovered or suspected, to the process of testing, and in some cases mold remediation is necessary, followed by post-remediation testing.
SCENARIO – Occupant experiences allergies. He reports a musty odor in the house and requests a mold inspection.
MLS = mold-like substance
Mold inspection = performed by a licensed mold inspector or mold assessor
Mold remediation = process of mitigating a mold problem performed by a license mold remediator
Mold remediation protocol = set of instructions written by a mold inspector/mold assessor for a mold remediator to safely mitigate a mold problem.
VOC = Volatile organic compound