Any industry can have its shady characters, including the mold industry. Knowing the inspector or company you are working with is very important.
Here are some tips:
- Ask for certification – You want any inspector who is examining your property to be industry certified. Certifying organizations include: Mold Inspection Consulting and Remediation Organization (MICRO), Indoor Environmental Association (IEA), and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).
- Make sure the inspection includes testing – Some inspections don’t mention that they are a “visual only” inspection. Ensure that testing is included before scheduling.
- Get the full price before scheduling – You don’t want surprises when it comes to the price of your inspection. Make sure the total cost is given to you before scheduling.
- Indoor and outdoor air samples – During an inspection with air testing, a sample is taken outside and at least one sample is taken inside. Having the inside and outside samples is for comparison purposes. Your indoor air should always be healthier than the outdoor air with mold. Ensure that the person taking samples is taking at least one outdoor and one indoor sample.