Mold Inspection Standards of Practice
The purpose of this standard is to provide standardized procedures to be used for a mold inspection. There are two types of mold inspections described in the IAC2 Mold Inspection Standards of Practice:
Complete Mold Inspection
Limited Mold Inspection
Unless the inspector and client agree to a limitation of the inspection, the inspection will be performed at the primary building and attached parking structure. Detached structures shall be inspected separately.
A mold inspection is valid for the date of the inspection and cannot predict future mold growth. Because conditions conducive to mold growth in a building can vary greatly over time, the results of a mold inspection (examination and sampling) can only be relied upon for the point in time at which the inspection was conducted.
A mold inspection is not intended to eliminate the uncertainty or the risk of the presence of mold or the adverse effects mold may cause to a building or its occupants.
The inspector shall report:
– moisture intrusion,
– water damage,
– musty odors,
– apparent mold growth, or
– conditions conducive to mold growth;
– results of a laboratory analysis of all mold samplings taken at the building
In situations where water damage has developed over time, we conduct a visual examination of the building and HVAC system, followed by collecting surface and air samplings for analysis by an independent microbial laboratory if needed. We then develop a remediation plan detailing method, scope, time and controls to be used, based on fungus type and location.
Heat is a viable alternative to chemicals that works to:
Kill mold even in inaccessible cracks and voids
Kill bacteria that can affect the health of occupants
Kill insects that can spread mold in buildings
Dry out the affected area
Reduce annoying and irritating odors
in-house technicians are educated by OSHA authorized trainers on the safe containment, removal and lawful disposal of mold at our Department of Insurance certified on-site training facilities.
provides a chemical-free, odorless heat treatment to rid facilities of mold, fungus, mildew, odors and viruses.
What are molds and where are they found?
Molds are fungi found both indoors and out, almost everywhere in the environment. They can grow all year long and grow best in warm, damp and humid conditions. Molds spread by making spores that can survive harsh environmental conditions that normally do not support mold growth.
In the home, mold is almost always present in the air and grows best in damp areas with high humidity levels, like bathrooms and basements. While there are perhaps thousands of species of mold, most common indoor molds include Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria and Aspergillus.
How can I recognize mold?
Moldy walls and ceilings may be discolored or show signs of water damage. Green or black spots also may appear on walls. Mold has a musty, earthy smell or a foul stench.
How are people affected, and what can be done to decrease exposure?
Allergy sufferers are usually most affected with mold exposure. Symptoms may include nasal congestion, itchy or watery eyes, wheezing or skin irritation. More severe reactions may include fever or shortness of breath. People with health concerns that could become worse as a result of mold exposure should contact a health care provider for treatment and advice.
To decrease exposure to mold in the home, keep the humidity level of the home between 40-60 percent. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers can also help lower indoor humidity. Always use exhaust fans when showering and cooking. Mold retardants for interior house paint are available at most home improvement stores and, when mixed with paint, reduce mold growth on walls.
How can I test for mold in my home?
Generally, it is not necessary to identify the species of mold growing in a residence, and CDC does not recommend routine sampling for molds. Current evidence indicates that allergies are the type of diseases most often associated with molds. Since the reaction of individuals can vary greatly either because of the person’s susceptibility or type and amount of mold present, sampling and culturing are not reliable in determining your health risk. If you are susceptible to mold and mold is seen or smelled, there is a potential health risk; therefore, no matter what type of mold is present, you should arrange for its removal. Furthermore, reliable sampling for mold can be expensive, and standards for judging what is and what is not an acceptable or tolerable quantity of mold have not been established.
Residential Mold Inspection Course
comprehensive Certified Residential Mold Inspector (CRMI) master course contains lessons on how to inspect for mold on residential property. You will learn how to identify and assess mold damage, how to collect samples, and the recommended remediation protocols. You will also learn how to report on the presence of mold using national standards of practice.
lesson course will help you learn the skills and knowledge necessary to start a mold inspection career. You will not only learn about mold, but how to inspect and write up your reports. You will learn about how mold affects the human body, which kinds of molds are dangerous, how to submit samples to a laboratory for analysis, and much more.
As you complete each lesson, you will use interactive flash cards and take practice quizzes that will test and verify your knowledge simultaneously through instant online feedback. The course records your results so you can easily track your progress.
The course includes a 2-hour mold DVD also available online, that takes you through a complete mold inspection as outlined in the course. You can use the provided report templates to create reports for your clients or use the free mold report software we include with the course. When you finish the course and pass the final exam, you will be a Certified Residential Mold Inspector (CRMI) and possess the knowledge and skills needed to start a full or part-time business.
What You Will Master
Mold identification, prevention, and control
National Standards of Practice for mold inspections
How and where to find mold in the home
The Code of Ethics for mold inspectors
How to complete a mold inspection report
What is a Mold Inspection?
A mold inspection is the process of detecting the presence of molds in a property or facility and analyzing its cause and then eliminating it. Landlords or property managers should regularly perform mold inspections to foresee potential mold formation before they turn to an infestation. Mold infestations can lead to further contamination and pose negative health risks to tenants (e.g., sinuses, wheeling and exacerbation of asthma) which in turn, can result in fines and legal disputes.
Areas to Inspect During Mold Inspections
Property managers or landowners should be responsible to perform mold inspections before and after the occupation of a property. Often, mold growth is invisible to the naked eye which makes it difficult to detect
Indoor areas such as the basement, HVAC, kitchen, ceilings, laundry room, attic, and living room are the most common areas inside the house where mold could grow.
External areas of the property such as the foundation, windows and doors, central air unit, faucets, sprinklers hose attachments, and roof are also possible areas mold could grow because these are the areas that often get wet.
Mold Inspection Checklist
A mold inspection checklist is used to check for mold presence on both the interior and exterior of a property. This checklist is specifically built to use for mold inspections on residential housing. Property managers and landlords can use this checklist to ensure that property is free from the manifestation of mold and bacteria.