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

Mold Inspection Flowchart

mold inspection flowchartA mold inspection process can lead to mold testing,
mold remediation, and post-remediation testing.

A mold inspection usually entails mold testing because testing establishes scientifically whether a mold problem is present—or not.  Testing also helps locate a problem area when no visible red flags are present, such as a contamination behind a wall.  When testing indicates a mold problem, remediation is performed by a mold remediator.

Once the mold remediator has mitigated the contaminated area, a post-remediation testing is necessary to make sure that the remediation has been performed correctly.  If not, further remediation is carried out until a final post-remediation testing indicates that the air quality is normal compared to an outside air sample.  Then the mold inspector will issue air clearance.

A WORD OF CAUTION – It is important to keep the process of mold inspection, or mold assessment, separate from the mold remediation. Never have a mold inspector performs the mold remediation, which is a conflict of interest.  And of course, the mold remediator should not test his own work.  Do not fall for advertising from mold remediators that offer free mold testing.  Lab work costs money. So you can be assured that they will find something to remediate whether it needs it or not.

Written by Charles & Danielle Dobbs – Professional mold assessors, expert witnesses, authors of several books on mold, and mold education bloggers

Charles & Danielle Dobbs - Professional mold assessors, expert witnesses, authors of several books on mold, and mold education bloggers

Professional mold assessors, expert witnesses, and authors of MOLD MATTERS- SOLUTIONS AND PREVENTION, MOLD PREVENTION TIPS FOR THE GREEN BUILD INDUSTRY, and INSPECTION AND SAMPLING METHODOLOGIES FOR TRAINING MOLD ASSESSORS.

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