Find out if the inspection can be done within a 48-hour time frame. If not, you’re better off hiring someone else since mold can spread very quickly.
Also, make sure that the mold inspector you’re intending to hire is both licensed and certified. While some states already have those requirements before they can practice, there are many states that still do not. In addition to being certified and licensed, you should ask the company inspecting your home for references from other clients.
Florida Requiers a Mold Assessment and a Mold Remediation License. Your Florida Mold Assessor cannot be your Mold Remediator, that would be a conflict of interest.
You should also make sure that there is a contract provided to insure that both you and the inspection company are in agreement with the work that is to be done.
The contract should also include an agreement to provide a written report that answers any questions you may have whether it be regarding the cause and origin or the visual assessment of the inspection for mold in the home.
In addition, your mold inspection should also consist of a moisture and leak test, an air quality test, humidity test and drainage test which can take anywhere from a few hours to a half a day to complete.
And finally, if the business you’ve chosen to inspect your home offers black mold removal services as well, you should be aware that mold inspectors and mold remediation are two separate businesses and any good inspector can tell you that.
• John P. Lapotaire, CIEC • Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant • Microshield Environmental Services, LLC • www.Microshield-ES.com