mold inspection: What IS a Professional Mold Inspection? - 10/21/17 12:38 PM
A Professional Mold Assessment
To begin we should define a mold assessment and remind consumers that “All molds are created equal.  It is not necessary to determine what type of mold you may have.  All molds should be treated the same with respect to potential health risks and removal.”  This is according to Center for Disease Control, CDC.  Consumers should be aware that anyone using the terms “Black Mold” or “Toxic Mold” are preying on their fears.
The purpose of a mold assessment is to clearly establish the
Cause & origin, Location, and Extent of mold growth A mold assessment is not … (8 comments)

mold inspection: Storm Damage Mold Remediation Consumer Alert! - 10/07/17 12:17 PM
Many across Florida have been directly impacted by the recent storms that wreaked havoc on our beautiful state.
In a recent discussion with Richard "Rick" Morrison, Executive Director, Division of Professions Mold-Related Services Licensing Program regarding the possibility of the Governor waving licensure requirements for mold related services.  Rick felt that the state has enough licensed mold professionals to not recommend waving the licensing requirements at this time.
Those impacted by the storm and in need of water and mold damage restoration should ensure that the contractors providing services are licensed and in good standing with the state of Florida.  http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/mold/index.html
I also wanted … (3 comments)

mold inspection: Indoor Air Quality Assessment - 07/19/16 07:19 AM
Remember "It's Not Always Mold"
An Indoor Air Quality or Indoor Environmental assessment is much more than an inspection for mold and a lot more than the simple collection of a few air samples for mold spores.

An Indoor Air Quality assessment must be conducted using a comprehensive whole-house or whole office approach to identify and correct contributors that may be compromising the indoor air quality within homes and offices.

To help identify these contributors that may be compromising your Indoor Air Quality, IAQ Solutions measures the actual performance of your HVAC System both Active (HVAC Running) and Inactive (HVAC Off).
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mold inspection: The Art of Over Selling and Under Delivering - 07/19/16 04:10 AM
Air Sampling for Mold Spores is NOT a Mold Inspection and NOT an Air Quality Sample
Mold has become an issue for homeowners and home buyers across the country.  Mold inspections have become a part of most real estate transactions.   However, here in Florida, a mold inspection has become a bit cliché even passé.  Today it’s all about Air Quality.  Why call it a mold sample if you can charge more and call it an Air Quality Sample?  I’ve given my 2 cents about the value of mold sampling and the total lack of value in simply sampling for mold and calling … (0 comments)

mold inspection: What "IS" a Real Mold Inspection - 07/13/16 11:42 AM
What is a Mold Assessment?
I once again raise this question because I’ve been called in to provide yet another second opinion of a mold inspection that consisted of nothing more than the collection of a few air samples for mold spores.  I assure you that a correct mold assessment in accordance with the only industry standard of practice does not involve the random sampling of mold.  The only industry standard of practice is the ASTM D-7338 Assessment of Fungal Growth in Buildings.
The question of just what is a mold assessment is a frustrating and surprisingly hard question for many industry professionals … (1 comments)

mold inspection: 5 Reasons Why You Need a Home Mold Inspection: A FloridaState Homes Interview with John P. Lapotaire, CIEC of Indoor Air Quality Solutions - 07/15/14 07:36 AM
Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.
Indoor Air Quality Solutions IAQS is a Florida indoor air quality consulting company that provides indoor air quality inspections, mold inspections and testing by Florida licensed mold inspectors and Council Certified Indoor Air Quality Consultants (CIECs). Our inspections take a comprehensive whole-house approach to identifying and correcting indoor air quality and mold problems in homes and offices. We have been providing indoor air quality and mold inspections since 2001 for both commercial and residential properties.
 
In addition to our indoor air quality and mold inspections our services … (3 comments)

mold inspection: Chemical Free Mold Remediation - 05/12/14 01:53 AM
Mold Remediation is the process of removing mold while protecting unaffected areas of a home or office from unnecessary cross contamination.  At no time is it necessary to KILL Mold.  Mold must be Removed regardless of its ability to germinate and grow into a colony.  The safest way to end the life cycle of mold is to simply eliminate the water source that is allowing the mold to grow.  Removing the water source is far safer that using Biocides and you will still need to remove the mold regardless of the molds viability.
Remember ALL Mold Remediation Should be Chemical Free … (3 comments)

mold inspection: What is a Licensed Florida Mold Assessment? - 05/09/13 01:23 AM
I raise this question because once again I’ve been called in to provide a peer review of a mold remediator that is advertising and providing assessment and remediation on the same job.  Oddly the remediator who is not licensed as a mold assessor states on his website “With the Florida Mold Law in effect, it is (finally!) illegal to test and remediation the same property in the State of Florida.” Wrong!  Assess and Remediate, which is not limited to testing.
So apparently this mold remediator who isn’t licensed as a mold assessor thinks that a mold assessment is limited to the … (0 comments)

mold inspection: FL Home Inspection License Law Update - 04/04/10 03:51 AM
Home Inspectors
Present situation
 
The licensure and regulation of home inspection services are specified in part XV, chapter 468, F.S., and go into effect on July 1, 2010. This part provides for the creation of a regulatory program located in the DBPR. Part XV creates a regulatory scheme, provides definitions, scope of practice, employment guidelines, continuing education, accountability, rules, licensure, fees, and penalties. There is no professional board.
 
A building inspection is often confused with a home inspection. A building inspection is a legally required act, performed by a local governmental entity through the permitting process for the purpose … (1 comments)

mold inspection: Florida Mold Law Update FL HB 713 - 04/04/10 03:48 AM
he bill contains numerous modifications relating to several regulatory activities under the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). The bill:
 
amends various provisions of the home inspection licensing program (scheduled to become effective July 1, 2010). Changes include modifying the definition of home inspection services, eliminating the business license (certificate of authorization), authorizing applicants to take the licensure examination without having to obtain DBPR approval, requiring a criminal history check for applicants, providing disciplinary action for failure to meet standards of practice adopted by the DBPR, and providing additional rulemaking authority;
 
amends various provisions of the mold-related licensure … (0 comments)

mold inspection: Florida Mold Law HB 713 Vote in the Government Operations Appropriations Committee - 04/04/10 03:47 AM
Bill Number:  0713 
Bill Name:  CS/CS/HB 713 
Action:  Favorable With Committee Substitute 
Committee:  Government Operations Appropriations Committee 
Location:  116 Knott Building  Duration:  2.50  Date:  3/26/2010 8:30:00 AM  Sponsor:  Workman 
Subject:  Department of Business & Professional Regulation     Y  Abruzzo  Y  Bernard  Y  Gonzalez  Y  Nelson         Y  Wood  Y  Adkins   Y  Braynon  Y  Hays     (Y)  Ray           Y  Workman  Y  Ambler   Y  Cruz     Y  Hooper    Y  Williams, A.       Total Yeas:  13      Total Nays:  0      Total Missed:  0      Total Votes:  13 
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mold inspection: HUD and CPSC Issue Guidance on Repairing Homes With Problem Drywall - 04/03/10 11:01 AM
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today issued interim remediation guidance to help homeowners struggling to rid their properties of problem drywall linked to corrosion of metal in their homes such as electrical components.
Earlier this year, HUD and CPSC issued a protocol to help identify problem drywall in the home. Today's interim remediation guidance is being released in recognition that many homeowners want to begin remediating their homes and offers a next step to homeowners whose homes have been determined to have problem drywall.
"This guidance, … (1 comments)

mold inspection: FL HB 713 Summary for Mold Retated Services - 03/10/10 09:44 AM
FL Mold Related Services Summary 
John Lapotaire
  
Mold Services Requirements
   
652 Mold Related Services
656 (2) The Legislature finds it necessary in the interest of
657 the public safety and welfare, to prevent damage to real and
658 personal property, to avert economic injury to the residents of
659 this state, and to regulate persons and companies that hold
660 themselves out to the public as qualified to perform mold
661related services.
 
672 Examinations
 673 (1) A person desiring to be licensed as a mold assessor or
674 mold remediator must shall apply to the department after
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mold inspection: Status of the "Florida Mold Law" HB 713 - 03/05/10 12:44 AM
The Bill has made its way through committee and is well on its way to becoming a Law.  Below is the documented progress and committee vote.
 
HB 713 - Regulation of Professions
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mold inspection: Is a Free Mold Inspection really Free? - 03/04/10 07:42 AM
Is a "Free Mold Inspection" really Free?

Like any other industry, the mold remediation and inspection business has its share of scams, cons, and rip off artists who seek to profit from your lack of knowledge about mold.  
The worst perpetrators of mold scams are mold removal/remediation contractors who also offer mold inspections and mold testing services.  Their scam is creating non-existent mold problems and charging you thousands of dollars to fix them.
If you encounter a mold inspector who also does mold removal/remediation, (or visa-versa) Just Say NO! There are plenty of quality contractors available that don't do both.
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mold inspection: What to look for when hiring an IAQ Professional - 03/04/10 07:04 AM
Most of us spend 90% of our time in indoor environments. Indoor air quality (IAQ) issues impact the lives of people across the globe. Problems with poor air quality in buildings and homes can result in health concerns, liability issue, lost productivity, and decreased property values.
IAQ problems in non-industrial buildings such as homes, schools and offices are often caused by complex, inter-related issues. Diagnosing and fixing the sources of poor IAQ may require the professional expertise of one or more consultants or contractors. It is important that individuals be highly qualified to fully investigate, identify and/or mitigate the total problem according to recognized industry … (0 comments)

mold inspection: The Florida Mold Law; Senate Bill 2234 - 03/04/10 07:01 AM
Florida Senate Bill 2234 was. This law will prevent conflicts of interest; require education and licensing amongst other requirements for mold inspectors and removal companies alike.   This law was designed to protect the consumers.    The law will be effective in 2010; until then there are no requirements.  "Caveat Emptor"  "Let the Buyer Beware" when hiring a mold inspection company.
These few basic tips and information can help you avoid getting scammed and ensure that your mold issues are handled ethically, honestly and professionally. Take the time to read it. If you have any questions, please call us.
1.    Make sure your … (0 comments)

mold inspection: What is Indoor Air Quality IAQ? - 03/04/10 06:59 AM
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a term referring to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants.
IAQ can be affected by microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria), gases (including carbon monoxide, radon, volatile organic compounds), particulates, or any mass or energy stressor that can induce adverse health conditions. Indoor air is becoming an increasingly more concerning health hazard than outdoor air. Using ventilation to dilute contaminants, filtration, and source control are the primary methods for improving indoor air quality in most buildings.
Determination of IAQ involves the collection of … (0 comments)

mold inspection: What is a Professional and Informative Mold Report? - 03/04/10 06:54 AM
A professionally prepared Mold Report should clearly answer the following questions:
1.Is there a mold or IAQ problem?2.What was the cause?3.Where is the problem source?4.What containment and cleaning are needed?5.What building repairs are needed to prevent future problems?6.How will we assure that the field investigation work is properly done?7.How will we assure that the mold test lab work was actually collected by an expert?A mold test lab report can produce a lot of information but it does not answer any of those questions.
A true mold inspector should have the ability to do more than hit the on switch of the … (2 comments)

mold inspection: Do It Yourself Mold Test Kits, Use Them or Lose Them? - 03/04/10 04:43 AM
Do It Yourself Mold Test Kits Earn a Not Recommended Rating from Consumer Reports.
 
If you see or smell mold, you don't need a test kit to tell you it's there. Generally, it's not necessary to identify the species of mold growing in your home, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If mold covers an area less than 10 square feet, you may be able to eliminate the problem yourself. Larger areas require a pro. When we tested the kits below for our report, we found significant shortcomings in all of them, flaws that were serious … (0 comments)