Resources for mold testing & remediation
In this post, I will share with you where to find mold sampling professionals, the standards they should be using, and the right questions to ask.
7 places to find mold sampling professionals
Local Engineer or Architect Referrals – Licensed professionals are have lots of education & liability
Universities with environmental science/engineering programs
Environmental Consulting firm (Mold sampling & indoor air quality)
Professional Industrial Hygienist
NOTE: Only a few states regulate mold remediators – TX, NY are among them
The standards mold professionals SHOULD be using
Water Damage Restoration
- Must DISCLOSE if deviate from the standard in any way
- Testing always BEFORE any coatings
- Source removal NOT fogging
- AVOID conflict of interest – Separate testing from remediation
Questions to ask any mold professional
- Experience / Time testing?
- Training, credentials & background
- Type of samples taken?
- Results reports – Copies of sample analyses, explanations?
- Liability insurance?
- Safety precautions?
If you have found quality professionals through other sources, please let me know what they are! I’m always looking to update my information to best help the people who need help.
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Cheryl Ciecko, AIA, ALA, LEED AP, is a licensed architect who helps homeowners and building professionals create safe homes through online education to prevent mold, water damage, and poor indoor air quality. You can find her video masterclasses, online programs, and education subscription options at https://avoidingmold.com/education .
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