The views of this article are the perspective of the author and may not be reflective of Confessions of the Professions.
Living in a building filled with mold can have serious health issues, such as asthma, cough, respiratory tract infections, allergies, nausea, sinus infections, fungal infections, skin problems, and cancer. Mold is an organism that can be found in many places both indoors and outdoors. If any of these are present on a continuing basis, this may reveal a problem in the building structure and will require a mold inspection to be conducted by a trained professional.
Once mold is detected in a building it can be difficult to get rid of and control. That is the reason that wise property owners hire certified mold inspector. If you are a home or business owner contemplating a mold inspection, it is suggested that you contact a certified professional as they will have the specialized training to detect mold. However, before hiring a mold testing inspector there are few essential things to be considered.
Before asking a certified mold inspector, first confirm whether they have successfully passed NACHI’s Inspector Examination, and they should have a job title like Certified Mold Inspector, Certified Mold Remediator, or Certified Indoor Air Quality Consultant.
Finding the right mold inspector will involve checking licenses, qualifications, and references. Your mold inspector should have knowledge of buildings, plumbing, vapor barriers, roofing, wall structure, wall waterproofing, HVAC systems, AC systems, building pressure and other related things.
Your mold testing should be done by someone who is trained to use a variety of techniques to find mold and to examine any unusual failures in the building that have caused mold problems.
A well versed understanding of the interrelations of numerous factors such as humidity, temperature, dew point and air exchange are very important.
As mold is a living organism and subject to the principles of biology, it is very valuable if the mold inspector understands at least some basic biological and ecological science principles about microbiology or mycology, the study of mold.
Your inspector should understand molds tricks, habits, and hiding places indoors, and its relation to health problems.
You should know that 50% of mold issues are related to HVAC system leaks, malfunctions or contamination. So it is expected that your chosen mold inspector should be familiar with such types of HVAC systems related issues.
Your preferred mold inspector should be properly trained and certified in detecting and sampling mold, and they should provide a detailed report, explanation and recommendations for remediation (if necessary).
All these things are vital when choosing a mold inspector to check for the presence of mold in your building.
If you suspect you have a mold problem in your home or building in Orange or San Diego County, the first responsible step is to contact a certified mold inspector.
Visit A+ Inspections for a Certified Mold inspector. Give us a call (888) 239-6969!