Quilified Mold Inspector Qualifications.
Looking For A Qualified Mold Inspector?
A Accredited mold inspection Service, Inc. has provided various types of inspections in Florida since the early 1990’s including health inspections for the state, home inspections in Palm Beach County, and mold inspections and indoor air quality testing across the entire state of Florida. In addition we have more 3rd party certifications than our competition. We hold certifications in home inspections, mold inspections, remediation, indoor air quality testing, allergen testing, and even fungal spore analysis.
For larger inspections we cover the entire state, but on a regular bases our qualified inspector provides consultation and mold testing services in:
Palm Beach County
Dade County Mold
If you want to learn more about various qualifications in our industry we have provided some helpful information below.
State Licensed Mold Assessor
Mold license requirements for mold assessors and remediators went into effect in 2010 for the state of Florida but are all mold inspectors in Florida qualified? Despite a license being in effect all Florida Licensed Mold Assessors are not alike. The difference in the level of service and knowledge is mind boggling.
When choosing a mold inspection specialist you must first be sure that they are state licensed, then make sure they have additional qualifications above and beyond a state license.
Below is information on some of the more important qualifications to look for in the mold industry:
1) Certified Indoor Environmentalist and Indoor Environmental Consultant, (CIE) or (CIEC). In my opinion either of these two certifications are the very best to look for when selecting a mold inspector. While a typical mold inspector or home inspector may have two days of training and may have acquired a state license via grandfathering in, CIE’s and CIEC’s require at least a two year degree in science and at least two years of experience. In addition to mold services, many CIE’s and CIEC’s also offer a wide range of general indoor air quality consultation services as well.
2) Industrial Hygienists ( IH ) are also great choices when professional mold or indoor air quality investigations are needed. In fact for commercial and industrial indoor air quality investigations they cannot be beat. Industrial hygienists typically have a science degree and some experience in the field, many have a science degree and a minimum of 5 years of in the field experience before taking the difficult test to become a CIH. If you acquire an industrial hygienist to help develop mold removal guidelines and recommendations for you make sure that they have experience working on mold inspections. Not all industrial hygienists conduct mold inspections. Industrial Hygienists that investigate mold issues are some of the best mold inspectors, but some of these professionals do not deal with mold at all, for example some work with sound measurements and help with the control of noise pollution. Most focus on testing and measuring industrial pollutants such as air born chemicals like volatile organic compounds and heavy metals to protect workers in indoor industrial settings. While the above referenced industrial hygienists may require more education and experience than a (CIE) or (CIEC), that experience may not be related to mold inspections at all in some cases thus giving you a false since of security. In addition industrial hygienists often charge twice as much as most mold professionals.
Home inspectors who become mold inspectors. Home inspectors offer inspections of a homes appliances, systems, and structure, for prospective buyers before purchase, this is a great service for prospective home buyers wanting to know about a homes condition before purchase. Because of a background in building inspection some become good mold inspectors but they all need proper additional training. The two day mold training courses is that is completed by many home inspectors and this is not adequate. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Training and learning for two days is adequate to learn to take an air sample, however in and of itself two days it is not good enough training for a home inspector to be ready to conduct professional mold investigations. If an investigator is not properly trained in the mold industry then having an inspection conducted by such a person may give you a false since of security. Home inspectors should be trained by a nationally recognized or state recognized home inspection organization such as NAHI, ASHI, or FABI and have additional training and testing in mold and be state licenses where applicable when performing mold inspections at your home or office.
We do not guarantee you that the work will be conducted properly when choosing a company with the above qualifications, but your chances of satisfaction will increase greatly.
What are the problems with hiring a poorly qualified or inexperienced inspector ?
Some of the main problems with hiring someone who is not qualified is that:
1) A poorly qualified mold inspector may not have the experience and knowledge needed to do the inspection properly and in a detailed manner. As a result they may miss a hidden mold problem that a more experienced and qualified inspector may have uncovered. Taking air samples will not tell you where mold is hidden, your professional needs to be able and willing to spend hours inspecting for red flags (clues to hidden mold problems.) This is how mold is found and this takes years of experience to be done correctly.
2) If you are lucky your poorly qualified mold inspector may find hidden mold during a quick one hour inspection. You may not have found the same condition while living in the same home for 10 years, in such a case you got lucky. But that same poorly qualified person might not figure out and disclose the cause and origin of your mold and moisture issues. Without this important cause and origin determination documented in the report you cannot fix the cause, and without fixing the cause the mold will come back after mold remediation is conducted.
3) They may not provide a written report, some mold inspectors will give you a lab report only. A lab report will let you know how many spores are in the air but will never tell you where the mold spores came from, why the mold grew, or what to do next to solve your problem.
4) They may provide a mold report but may provide no protocol. What is this protocol you may ask? The remediation protocol provides detailed information on the mold removal recommendations, for example it may tell exactly where the mold is and how much drywall should be removed so you do not get ripped of by greedy remediators removing too much drywall. It also discusses what procedures should be followed during removal, and what equipment should be utilized during mold removal.
Below is a link to the information form the New York City Mold Removal Guidelines. Though it is from New York it is not exclusively used in New York, it is possibly the most well known and widely used mold removal guideline in the nation. It is used across the nation as one of the main resources to go to for mold removal guidance.
About A Accredited Mold Inspection Service, Inc.
We are state licensed service providers of mold inspections, mold testing, and written mold removal guidelines AKA remediation protocols for building managers and home owners in Miami Beach, Aventura, Boca Raton, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, and all of S.E. Fla.
For Commercial buildings and larger mold investigations we travel to all parts of Florida.
We also conduct odor investigations and indoor air quality investigations related to chemicals but you must always tell us ahead of time what type of issues or concerns you suspect in your home or office.