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      Over the past 25 (plus) years in this industry, I've seen all kinds of things.  In this article I want to warn real estate agents, remediators, building buyers and sellers, and other interested parties in a practice that has grown in the United States; one that can compromise your ability to make a sound decision on your relationship to the building:  There have been mold inspection companies created without a single qualified person on staff, who contract with mortgage companies to give them what they want in order to sell the properties they own.  Why should you care?  Allow me to give you an example of something that just happened to me a few days ago:

      Mold growth on floor joist inside a crawl space.

      A company in the Southwestern United States (U.S.) contacted me about a home, here in Terre Haute, Indiana.  They sent me a partial-copy of a home inspection report that stated "suspect mold growth" in two areas of the home's crawl space, and asked if I could inspect the crawl space.  Well, not that simply.  They asked me to take a sample of each of those surfaces plus two samples in another area of the crawl space "as a control sample".  Now, there's a lot we could cover with just that, but I told them that an inspection of the crawl space should include more, so causal factors (i.e., causes for any found mold growth) are identified and a corrective action plan (i.e., mold remediation protocol) could be generated.  They agreed.  So, I wrote them an estimate.

      Then, they asked:
      Can you take two samples inside the house to see if the crawl space has impacted the air quality in the house?  Our client is concerned that it could have impacted the air quality there too.

      There's a lot we could get into here, also, but I want to try to keep this simple.  I, nor anyone else, can tell anyone that the crawl space is or is not impacting the air quality above it with just two air samples of a house.  There are too many limitations on the inspector.  (This is why I've written in other articles on risk assessments and hazard assessments to educate everyone on the differences.)  So, I explained that to this company.  They refused to have the building inspected, so I turned down the job. 

      Yes.  The liabilities of doing an inspection wrong and having someone misrepresent your work are too great to take a job like this; which should tell you something if you're the remeditor or interested home buyer.

      This is another example of why every buyer should invest in their own, qualified industrial hygienist (what OSHA calls us "inspectors") and have the building properly inspected.  By defining your actual investment in a property before you buy, you can make a better decision of whether or not the property is what you are actually looking for.

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