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Cheryl Ciecko, AIA, ALA, LEED AP is a licensed architect who improves the health of people by helping them avoid toxin exposure in their buildings.  Cheryl also shares information on a variety of other potential toxin impacts affecting health, including food, products, water quality, and air quality.  Individual consulting is available upon request.

 

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Finding Mold Testing & Remediation Help

October 16, 2016

How to find MOLD SAMPLING PROFESSIONALS..

 

STANDARDS they should be using...

 

QUESTIONS to ask...

 

 

 

 

  1. Local Engineer or Architect Referrals-  Licensed Professionals are have lots of education & liability.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  2.  Universities with environmental science/engineering programs 

     

     

  3.  Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA)     http://www.iaqa.org/     Click on 'Consumer Resources​  

     

     

  4. Environmental Consulting firm  (Mold sampling & indoor air quality) 

     

     

  5. Professional Industrial Hygienist   https://www.aiha.org/about-ih/Pages/Find-an-Industrial-    Hygienist.aspx   

     

     

  6.   Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification

            http://www.iicrc.org/ 

 

7.  American Council of Accredited Certification  http://acac.org/ 

 

 

 

NOTE:  Only a few states regulate mold remediators – TX, NY are among them

 

Government Standards

(Note: While these are required, there is no enforcement.)   See the post on this topic specifically. 

 

 

 

ANSI/IICRC S500

Water Damage Restoration

 

ANSI/IICRC S520

Mold Remediation

 

Summary:

  1. Must DISCLOSE if deviate from the standard in any way

  2. Testing always BEFORE any coatings

  3. Source removal NOT fogging

  4. AVOID conflict of interest - Separate testing from remediation

 

QUESTIONS TO ASK of any mold professional:

 

  1. Experience / Time testing?

  2. Training, credentials & background

  3. Type of samples taken?

  4. Results reports - Copies of sample analyses, explanations?

  5. Liability insurance?

  6. 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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