mold: The Fallacies of an Industry - 07/07/17 12:36 PM
School teaches us that 1 + 2 = 3, but A + B may not inevitably cause C
Logic, Webster’s defines the word as a science that deals with the principles and criteria of validity of inference and demonstration : the science of the formal principles of reasoning.
Logic is said to be a science and science itself is a methodical process of discovering and using facts to arrive at conclusions. The two are symbiotic. The Scientific Method is a set of procedures used to arrive at fact based conclusions or theories. The procedures rely on checks to ensure accuracy and to … (3 comments)

mold: Where There’s Mold, There Must be Water - 12/28/14 10:40 PM
Not all black stains are mold
A rampant concern in the real estate industry and with homeowner’s, both existing and potential, would unquestionably be, from my experience, mold. I have had to talk more than a client or two down from the proverbial cliff after finding some organic, fungal type growth in their potential new house. The freak out factor for the word mold is undeniable...
And for all intents and purposes without merit.
Fortunately it seems more and more potential homeowners have become savvy to the misinformation being spread like fungus over ancient leftovers in the back of the refrigerator. Junk science … (25 comments)

mold: Are Battle Lines Being Drawn? - 12/22/10 12:28 AM
There have been of late more than a few posts on mold here in the Rain. Many of the home inspectors who are regular contributors have written practical posts on mold and indoor air quality. Not surprisingly there have been opposing views from a few inspectors (who conduct mold sampling) and mold related service providers. No bias to their opinions they say. Hmmmm.
As a former mold sampler, yes I admit it, I fell for the save the unsuspecting public from the mold scourge rhetoric, so I can speak from a unique position on this topic. I provided mold sampling services … (71 comments)

mold: Is All Mold Testing Necessary? - 09/07/10 05:28 AM
Mold and more importantly testing for and the remediation of mold have become pervasive in my state of Connecticut. At least once a week I receive a call from someone inquiring about mold testing. I believe the reason for these mold related calls is because my web site has a mold information page and also undoubtedly due to the sites good SEO. I often talk a good portion of these callers away from testing.
I performed mold sampling for approximately 2 years. I took a "mold certification training course", 2 days long, and was given my certificate stating my mold sampling knowledge. … (18 comments)

mold: The Original Mold Resistance Wall Covering - 11/07/08 09:06 AM
Because mold has become such a major concern to everyone, mold resistant products are a growing industry. The most notable from my perspective is mold resistant sheetrock. But there were mold impervious wall and ceiling coverings many years ago. It's called plaster.
In this picture of a moldy ceiling the sheet rock is profusely growing mold while the old plaster ceiling in the lower center is virtually mold free.
This mold growth was caused by a major roof leak from around the chimney in this 1870s built house. The ceiling, walls and floors were all soaking wet without any rain for … (15 comments)

mold: A Better Mold Sampling Method - 09/24/08 08:28 AM
During a home inspection a couple of days ago I had the unusual experience of my client conducting his own mold sampling. Now normally this would give me pause and it did initially. It turns out this gentleman is an industrial hygienist for the State of Connecticut. He samples for mold, and many other IAQ concerns, daily.
Once I learned of his credentials I was excited to have the opportunity to talk some "shop" with him. As we were chatting he was setting up his equipment. It looked like standard stuff I had used myself when doing mold sampling until opting … (4 comments)

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