mold testing: 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 testing: 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 testing: 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 testing: 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 testing: 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.
And … (1 comments)

mold testing: 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 testing: 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 testing: 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 testing: 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 testing: 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)

mold testing: Should I have my home tested for mold? - 03/03/10 01:38 AM
This is a question I get asked alot and I find myself often posting about the subject.  To clairify its not that I dont feel that mold should be adressed, its just that I dont believe that the flavor of the mold will change anything that takes place regarding the removal of the mold and the necessary repairs to stop the mold from growing.
I believe you should have the mold in your home assessed to determine what steps should be taken to safley remove the mold to ensure thit it wont return.  When the mold inspector has completed his inspection … (0 comments)

mold testing: Florida Mold Law Update - 02/28/10 06:46 AM
Florida House Bill HB713 is a proposal to accept any national association’s certifications with 3 years verifiable experience and 60 hours of verified training. The Florida Legislature goes into session next week and this bill should be voted on quickly.
 
This is a very good thing for the consumer.  I receive dozens of calls from consumers who have had a “Mold Inspection” only to have the inspector hand the consumer a lab report with no summary of findings.  You can read more about that in this article.  http://activerain.com/blogsview/1438130/the-home-inspector-mold-test-buyer-beware-   That is the reason we truly need the new law and … (0 comments)

mold testing: Should You Test for Mold? - 02/28/10 06:41 AM
When we get calls for mold testing, we conduct a very thorough client interview to help get us acquainted with the client and to help determine the client’s individual needs.  In some cases the client simply needs to have air samples collected to find out if there is a presence of a known allergen in their home or office.  In other cases they need to know why there is mold in their home or office and how to stop it from growing and how to get rid of what has already grown.
 
And far too often we are asked to … (0 comments)

mold testing: The Home Inspector Mold Test "Buyer Beware" - 01/17/10 02:58 AM
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 - … (1 comments)

mold testing: Formaldehyde Council recommends testing homes for formaldehyde - 08/25/09 02:50 AM
The Formaldehyde Council, Inc. (FCI) engaged an industrial hygienist to explain formaldehyde testing methods. Larry Newton, CIH, CSP, has performed over 400 indoor air quality investigations. Newton expressed concern that some modern homes do not bring in adequate fresh air. He agreed with our statement, "lack of fresh air allows chemical contaminants to concentrate inside the home". Newton explained how he tested homes for formaldehyde in the 1980s. When I began indoor investigations, I used a CEA 555 continuous environmental analyzer (CEA) based on the wet chemistry of pararosaniline. This chemistry is highly specific and sensitive (< 100 ppb) to formaldehyde...The … (0 comments)

mold testing: Houseplants and Indoor Air Quality, Fact of Fiction? - 08/21/09 06:45 AM
I should start by saying that I really do love a houseplant and there was a time when my home resembled a jungle.  I also noticed that it was increasingly difficult to maintain so many houseplants properly.  As time went on the number of houseplants was reduced slowly but surely as attrition took over and the little air scrubbers past away from lack of care.  I don't recall the air quality as being better or worse to be honest but I do know that if I knew then what I know now I would have helped with the attrition.  I will get … (0 comments)

mold testing: Having a Home Built? Make Sure It's Protected From Mold. - 07/14/09 07:51 AM
Microshield Mold Free Building Material

MicroShield Environmental Services a Central Florida based company has its own unique approach to providing homebuilders the mold protection they need.   They have established them selves as a complete mold prevention company.
MicroShield ES begins their program with written field inspection reports from trained technicians then pretreat the completed structure prior to insulation and drywall.    MicroShield ES uses a 2 Step System to Clean, Disinfect, and Protect the Home. Both steps are safe, approved, and non-corrosive.
The 1st Step Destroys Microorganisms on contact, Safely Cleaning and Disinfecting the Home. The 2nd Step is a permeable … (2 comments)

mold testing: What’s in the air you breathe at home? - 07/14/09 07:21 AM
What’s in the air you breathe at home?  (part 2 of a 2 part blog)
By John P. Lapotaire, CIEC, MicroShield Environmental Services

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a hot topic in today's sluggish real estate market.  We find ourselves opening the door to a whole new set of challenges each time we view a home that may have been sitting for awhile.  Questions race through our minds as we turn the key: "Will this home have that healthy home smell? Will it have a musty stale smell? Did they have pets or smoke?" And finally: "What will I have … (0 comments)

mold testing: What’s in the air you breathe at home? - 07/14/09 07:14 AM
What's in the air you breathe at home?  (part 1 of a 2 part blog)
By John P. Lapotaire, CIEC, MicroShield Environmental Services
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a hot topic in today's sluggish real estate market.  We find ourselves opening the door to a whole new set of challenges each time we view a home that may have been sitting for awhile.  Questions race through our minds as we turn the key: "Will this home have that healthy home smell? Will it have a musty stale smell? Did they have pets or smoke?" And finally: "What will I have to … (0 comments)

mold testing: Do you have good Indoor Air Quality? - 07/14/09 07:05 AM
Indoor Air Quality
Good indoor air quality enhances resident health and comfort and should be an essential goal for any home or building. A high quality indoor environment requires careful design, construction, and choice of materials.  Indoor air quality requires design that incorporates adequate air exchanges, well designed ventilation and avoidance of mold through moisture control, all of which complement a strategy that achieves energy efficiency and building durability.
The most effective way to reduce exposure to indoor air pollutants is to keep residents away from sources of pollution.  Ventilation design provides for adequate exchanges of fresh air. A well-designed building … (0 comments)