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The Home Inspector Mold Test "Buyer Beware"
It's time to stop unqualified home inspectors from charging clients for mold testing. I've followed behind dozens of home inspectors who have charged clients to collect air samples, swab samples, and tape samples just to then hand the client a lab report with no ability to interpret the results. What are the clients paying for?
The reality is that all AIHA accredited laboratories state "Interpretation and use of test results are the responsibility of the client." When I turn in samples that I collect, I am the client that the Laboratory is referring to, not the homeowner or the homebuyer - Me - the indoor environmental consultant. My client, the homeowner or homebuyer, depend on me to interpret the laboratory findings based on the visual inspection of the property and the other mitigating data collected at the time of the inspection such as temperature, humidity, and particulate levels.
When the unqualified home inspector turns in the samples he collects he repeats the laboratories disclaimer with one of his own. "The client is solely responsible for the use and interpretation of the test results and reports requested from home inspector. The home inspector is not able to assess the degree of any ... more
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