Who Pays For A Second Post-Remediation Mold Testing?

who pays for a second post remediation mold testingWho pays for a second  post-remediation mold testing is a contingency that should be spelled out in the contract—not when this unhappy situation arise.

A second mold testing following remediation means that the mold remediation failed air clearance.  It is customary for homeowners to pay for the first mold testing following mold remediation; and, if the remediation is covered under the homeowner’s insurance policy, the cost of the post remediation testing is normally part of the remediation process and covered by insurance.

But, when the mold inspector delivers the bad news that the remediation failed air clearance, and he recommends in his report that additional mold remediation is necessary, the question becomes …

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Is Mold Testing Following Remediation Necessary?

is mold testing following remediation necessaryMold testing following mold remediation, known as post-remediation testing, is an absolute must!  This verification testing  ensures that the mold remediation has been performed correctly, as evidenced by the laboratory results, which should show that the levels of mold spores are within the normal range for all types of mold spores compared to an outside control sample.

After mold remediation is completed, but before containment is removed and before any reconstruction has taken place, such as closing the wall by installing new drywall, a post remediation testing is necessary.  No matter how “clean” the area remediated may be, skipping this mold testing is not a good idea.

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Is ERMI Testing Reliable To Test A Home For Mold? – Part 1

Beware! The EPA mold scale ERMI© is misleading

By
Charles and Danielle Dobbs

EERMI testingRMI testing, developed by the EPA to test a home for mold is, in our opinion, totally meaningless, flawed, and impractical.  This post is actually a paper we published several years ago, and we thought the information would interest our readers.  The post is in two-parts.  The first part, Is ERMI Testing Reliable to Test a Home For Mold, explains how the ERMI test was developed.  In the second part, we point out the flaws of ERMI testing.

ERMI testing involves testing a home for mold with a single dust sample.

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Is ERMI Testing Reliable To Test A Home For Mold? – Part 2

Beware! The EPA mold scale ERMI© is misleading

By
Charles and Danielle Dobbs

ERMI testingIn part 1 of “Is ERMI Testing Reliable To Test A Home For Mold?” we explained the research behind ERMI testing, now here are the flaws:

FLAW NUMBER 1
Improper sample selection of “moldy” and “non-moldy” homes
First, the homes were classified as either “moldy” or “non-moldy” based on the following criteria.  The paper states:

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Types Of Mold Testing

types of mold testingThere are three main types of mold testing – air samples, surface samples, and carpet samples.   We feel ERMI testing, developed by the EPA, is totally meaningless, and therefore we will not mention it in this post, but we will explain in detail in an upcoming article. Incidently,  self-testing mold kits are also meaningless, see Mold Test Kits – Are They Reliable?

Sampling is the scientific approach to mold assessment.  Mold testing provides a snapshot of the environment at the time of sampling at a particular location, as conditions can change over time.

Air sampling methods include  Culturable and non-culturable samples.  The culturable method allows the microbiologist to differentiate between species whose spores are visually similar, but it takes longer to obtain the results and it is also more costly.  In addition,

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Indoor Air Pollutants – What Are They?

indoor air pollutantsIndoor air pollutants involve a great deal more than mold.  There are many indoor air pollutants that can produce health effects similar to mold.

Occasionally, we are called to collect mold samples in a home or building because of odors or discomfort felt by the occupants.  Once the laboratory results come back showing normal levels of mold spores, we must turn our attention to other culprits.

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The Health Effects Of Mold – Part 1

health effects of moldThe health effects of mold exposure depend on the age and sensitivity of individuals, but most reactions to mold are due to inhaling excess mold spores floating in the air.   In addition, Dr. Burge, Director of Aerobiology for Emlab P&K, warns that nonviable (dead) spores retain their allergenic properties.

Mold can be classified into three broad types as far as health effects are concerned. 

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