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Dec. 26, 2013, by Phillip Fry and Divine Montero Fry, mold experts, Certified Environmental Hygienists, Certified Mold Inspectors, and Certified Mold Remediators, do mold and volatile organic compounds (VOC) inspection, testing, removal, remediation and prevention in the USA nationwide, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, and worldwide.  Email Phillip Fry or call toll-free
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Most mold inspectors' building inspections don't discover and report the REAL and often dangerous mold and environmental health condition of the inspected residence, office, workplace, commercial building, or public building because of these ten reasons or problems---

1. The mold inspector is not a well-trained and experienced Certified Mold Inspector, Certified Environmental Hygienist, Certified Industrial Hygienist,
or Professional Industrial Hygienist,
or the inspector does NOT follow his or her certifying entity’s procedures and protocols for effective mold inspection.

2. The client (property owner, property manager, tenant, employer, employee) who hires the mold inspector is not willing to spend enough money and allow enough inspection time for the inspector to do a thorough job of mold and environmental inspection and testing.

3. Most mold inspectors do not inspect or test for mold infestation hidden INSIDE walls, ceilings, floors, basements, crawl spaces, attics, and heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and ducts.

4. Most inspectors rely too heavily on air mold testing. Sampling the air for mold levels has big defects. The standard air testing protocol involves an air pump that sucks air into a testing cassette to grab a five minute, small sample of room air to submit to the mold laboratory for mold lab analysis and quantification.  People live and work in houses, apartments, and workplaces for many HOURS per day, not just 5 minutes. In addition air sampling only collects and reports on the presence of mold spores, and not the presence of airborne poisonous mold mycotoxins often abundant indoors. "Airborne fungus measurements fail to take into consideration non-airborne mould contamination such as mould contamination in dust or surfaces (often visible to the naked eye) and mycotoxins
in air, dust, and on surfaces."  Read more in the right hand column of this page.

5. Most inspectors do not surface sample of areas wherein there will be significant amounts of landed/deposited mold spores such as carpeting, curtains, tops of kitchen and bathroom cabinet, and the tops of window and door frame trim wood.  Accumulated and deposited mold spores give a much more accurate insight into the mold status of a building.

6. When inspectors submit collected mold samples to a mold lab for analysis, the inspectors usually ask the lab for immediate non-viable analysis of the samples. Non-viable analysis includes the reporting and counting of both live and DEAD mold spores.  Only viable mold lab analysis can report how many mold spores are alive in a sample. In viable analysis, the mold sample is grown for 7 days in a lab petri dish containing mold growth food (malt agar).

7. Most inspectors do only one or a few mold tests, when some homes and other buildings might need 10 to 50 mold tests at a wide array of building locations to learn the true mold status of the residence or building.

8. Most inspectors do rely enough on their eyesight and sense of smell to find and to evaluate the mold problems in a building. "Our study demonstrates that semi-quantitative dampness/mold exposure indices, based solely on visual and olfactory observation and weighted by time spent in specific rooms, can predict existence of excessive building-related respiratory symptoms and diseases." Read more about the value of surface mold sampling below.

9. Most mold inspectors and hygienists have a very big conflict of interest because they are also involved in doing mold removal and mold remediation.  Many inspectors often exaggerate the mold problems they find and the health risks thereof in order to convince their client to hire over-priced mold remediation work.

10. Most mold inspectors and hygienists look only for visible mold and not for the many other serious indoor health threats and risks such as radon, biological contamination, harmful chemical contamination, lead in paint, lead in water, rodent infestations, insect infestations.

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Air Mold Sampling Not As Effective as Visual and Smell Mold Detection
 “Current air sampling methods have major limitations in assessing exposure to mold and other biological agents that may prevent the demonstration of associations of bioaerosol exposure with health. Our study demonstrates that semi-quantitative dampness/mold exposure indices, based solely on visual and olfactory observation and weighted by time spent in specific rooms, can predict existence of excessive building-related respiratory symptoms and diseases. Relative extent of water stains, visible mold, mold odor, or moisture can be used to prioritize remediation to reduce potential risk of building-related respiratory diseases. From a public health perspective, these observational findings justify action to correct water leaks and repair water damage in order to prevent building-related respiratory diseases. This approach can also be a basis for developing practical building-diagnostic tools for water-incursion.”---National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, PMID: 15500636 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] (edited April 26, 2012 by mold expert Phillip Fry).

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47% of US Homes Have Mold or Dampness Problems
      “Almost every U.S. home has at least a little mold, but roughly 47% of homes have more substantial mold or dampness,” says William Fisk, senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, who has researched mold for more than 10 years. People who are exposed to mold are 30% to 50% more at risk of asthma, coughing, and wheezing, he adds. Mold exposure also has been associated with other health problems, such as bronchitis and respiratory infections.”---“The $500,000 House Cleaning, “ Wall Street Journal, May 3, 2013

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Are you a MOLD VICTIM because you are:

1. Working in a moldy workplace?
2. Renting a moldy rental house, apartment, condo, office, or commercial building?
3. Sick from staying in a moldy hotel, motel, or resort room?
4. Living in a moldy home purchased from a seller or new home builder who failed to disclose known mold infestations?
5. Having a water intrusion or mold damage problem caused by an adjoining condominium, co-op apartment, or your home owners association?
6. Making mortgage payments to a lender for a moldy house, condo, or commercial building?
7. Being unable to pay for needed mold remediation because your insurance company has wrongfully denied your water or mold damage insurance claim?
8. Living or working in a moldy house or building that was improperly or incompletely mold remediated by a mold remediation company?
9. Sick from living or working in a building water and mold damaged by a negligent building contractor such as a roofing, plumbing, or air conditioning company?
10. Attending school or teaching or working in a school that is mold-infested?

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Just Testing the Air for Airborne Mold Spores Is Inadequate To Know the Mold Truth About a Building

"Airborne fungus measurements fail to take into consideration non-airborne mould contamination such as mould contamination in dust or surfaces (often visible to the naked eye) and mycotoxins in air, dust, and on surfaces. Therefore, testing the settled dust for fungi and mycotoxins is often recommended. In order to secure a more complete assessment, therefore, it is often recommended that airborne measurements be supplemented by testing for moulds and mycotoxins in already-settled dust or air."---Luke Curtis, MS, CIH, Allan Lieberman, MD, Martha Stark, MD, Marsha Vetter, MD, "Adverse Health Effects of Indoor Mould." 

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Humans and Plants at Risk for Fungal Infections

Research on fungi and fungal diseases are seriously neglected-- a situation with grave negative repercussions for human health, agriculture, and the environment-- according to The Fungal Kingdom: Diverse and Essential Roles in Earth's Ecosystem, a report from the American Academy of Microbiology.

"The average person is at risk for several fungal diseases, from toenail infections to athlete's foot to life threatening systemic infections," says Arturo Casadevall of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "Fungi may also predispose people to asthma and allergic diseases," says Casadevall. Despite the frequency of fungal infections, according to the report they are relatively understudied, making fungal infections difficult to diagnose and treat. When faced with an undiagnosed fungal infection, doctors are forced to treat their patient without a firm grasp of which drugs will work and which drugs will only cost the patient valuable time.

But fungi are more than just a medical problem: as the cause of more than half of all plant diseases, fungi are also an expensive drain on agriculture. The economic repercussions of managing fungal pathogens on crops -- the money and effort spent, the numerous pesticide applications, the consequences of these applications for surface water and soil quality, and the impacts on crop yields -- are extraordinary.

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Mold inspector and remediation training instructor and mold consultant Divine Montero teaching her students how to make malt agar petri dishes to use in mold inspection and testing. Picture taken during Manila mold training seminar March 15, 16, and 17, 2012.
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