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Mold Help approves inspection company.  
Posted by Susan Lillard  
Thursday, 22 August 2013

 Eric Rajchel

MI&T | Mold Inspection & Testing
Title : Mold Inspection & Testing informs people all Black Mold is not Toxic 

 As research continues to support the idea of health issues coming from living in indoor environments with mold problems, many home and business owners are finding themselves concerned. According to the CDC, in 2004 the Institute of Medicine determined that being in these types of environments can cause upper respiratory problems like cough, wheezing, trouble breathing, or other similar asthma like symptoms. They also determined being around certain species of mold that produce mycotoxins like Stacybotrys can cause unique and rare conditions like pulmonary hemorrhage or memory loss. For this reason, stachybotrys has become notoriously known as "" toxic black mold." 

The experts at Mold Inspection & Testing are determined to help the general public realize that not all species of mold that are black are of the toxic variety. Certain species of mold like cladosporium are non-toxic and can be seen around a home or business on occasion. For example, that spotty fungus you see in a bath tub, on air conditioning vents, or a window sill is most likely cladosporium and nothing to be concerned about. A problem is that this mold can appear black and often times people get concerned that their indoor air quality is in jeopardy. 

For those of you that do not know, mold growth releases mold spores into the air. Since mold is naturally occurring all around us both outdoors and indoors, a little bit of mold like the non-toxic variety mentioned above is usually nothing to worry about. On the other hand, when conditions that promote mold growth are present it is very possible that they can start to have negative health effects. Even if a species of mold is not "toxic" like stachybotrys, it can still have negative side effects once at elevated levels. For this reason, a mold inspection complete with ""mold testing.  Mold testing can be a very valuable service to anyone that suspects they have an indoor mold problem beyond normal proportions. 

  A typical mold inspection should include a full visual check of the entire property looking for any red flag areas like water intrusion, excess moisture, and/or visible mold growth. The testing needs to include an outdoor "control" sample to serve as a control and set baseline numbers for what is normal and acceptable in the area. It is then compared to an inside air sample that is taken from the area identified as the area of greatest concern in the visual inspection. Comparing these identify what species of mold is present and how much of it, basically if there is a problem or not. Additional air or surface samples can be taken to confirm a source of a problem or see how far a problem has spread. If elevated conditions do exist, the mold inspector should provide the customer with a protocol for mold removal. 

 You want to make sure that the inspector you hire is independent from the removal process in order to assure an unbiased inspection. MI&T is the largest, test only company in the nation and provides its services to over 50 major metropolitan areas. If you'd like to see if they service your area or ask them any questions about your problems, give them a call at 855-600-6653.

Important update for victims of hurricane Sandy  
Posted by Susan Lillard  
Friday, 02 November 2012


Toxic mold is going to become a major catastrophe in the eastern coast states.  This is inevitable.  The problem will become most prevalent during the winter, spring and summer over the next nine months.  Immediate restoration is required as mold can begin growing within 24 to 48 hours once water damage has infiltrated your space.  This includes apartments, offices, homes and cars.  Immediate response is mandatory. 

As of today, the US death toll from Hurricane Sandy has surpassed 80 and close to five million homes and businesses remain without power. In Hoboken, New Jersey officials said nearly 20,000 people are stranded in their homes as crews worked to restore electricity in the area at substations that had flooded, according to the AP. City officials asked for help on Facebook, asking for food trucks, blankets and coats. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie visited Moonachie, one of the hardest hit areas that was flooded from the Hackensack River. Christie has pledged to rebuild the Jersey Shore, where wide sections were flooded and badly damaged.

Residents in New Jersey and New York also had to deal with fuel shortages and long gas lines, though most bus routes were running. Parts of the New York Subway also resumed service today. In Brooklyn, residents at the Red Hook Initiative community center told FSRN that some homes in the area were still without power and people were coming to the center because of a lack of food.

The widespread devastation of Hurricane Sandy and the unusual convergence of storm systems has brought attention to extreme weather, climate change and the threat to coastal communities. In an opinion published in Bloomberg News today, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed Barack Obama, citing climate change as a key factor. Bloomberg, an Independent, said that despite disappointments in Obama’s term, he wanted a president who placed “scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics.”

For more, we’re joined by Mike Tidwell, author of The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas and the Coming Death of America’s Coastal Cities. He’s also the director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

Since there are no governmental guidelines for inspectors and mold remediation companies we suggest you hire an ethical one.  There are many sources to finding a qualified and respectable expert, but we suggest you go to the Indoor Air Quality website at to find an inspector and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification at to find the best qualified inspectors and restoration companies in the country.  New York City Guidelines are only a basic certification but the IICRC has the “standard” for mold testing and remediation.  Beware of fly by night companies who have limited training and will take advantage of you monetarily since there are absolutely no governmental guidelines on certifications, permits and licenses.  Beware of so called “mold inspectors” who just come to your home and conduct a “visual inspection” as laboratory testing must be done in order to determine what types of mold you may be exposed to as well as the health effects.

If we don’t take care of the environment, this problem will become much worse.  The media and government want to sweep this health crisis under the rug but you, as consumers, should know the truth.  Exposure to some common household molds can cause permanent neurological, psychological, immunological and pathological damage.  Early intervention is a must as most physicians are trained and therefore biased by the pharmaceutical industry and there is no pill that will cure systemic fungal disease. This occurs when spores are inhaled and mold begins to colonize within the body. 

For more information, please contact the Mold Help organization at 503-763-0808.

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