Generally, mold does not pose a threat to healthy individuals. However, for those with asthma or allergies, the risks linked to mold exposure can be greater. These dangers can range from mild skin irritations to serious respiratory issues.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, molds have the potential to cause health problems. Despite stories that claim otherwise, mold growth in homes is a matter of health.

Your state’s health department will provide you with information on everything you need to know about mold accumulation in properties.

Department of Health Mold Inspection

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nor state departments, does not exactly provide a list of mold inspectors or mold abatement services nor do they have a certification program for these kinds of mold projects.

If you are a tenant, the first person you need to report the mold issue to is your landlord. Your landlord may not be a mold expert, but they should be the first ones to know since it is their responsibility to handle this kind of problem.

Once your landlord receives a formal mold complaint from you, they can take the first step in fixing it by calling for an inspection or assessment by a mold professional.

What to know before getting a mold inspection

Some states, however, do require certifications, training, licenses, or examinations from mold workers for mold assessments or inspections to be performed (or any mold project for that matter).

Therefore, if you are ever in need of a mold inspector and are considering hiring one for your home, make sure to ask first about qualifications, experience, training, and references.

If you are uncertain about your state’s mold laws, you can check with your state health department or labor department for mold licenses or certification requirements.

Questions to ask before hiring a mold inspector

Here are what your questions should be about as advised by EPA when hiring a mold inspector:

  • The individual worker and the company’s qualifications
  • The number of mold assessments/inspections per month and per year (specialized professionals are expected to have performed at least 100 inspections a year)
  • Mold sampling and testing practices (they should have specific, accurate tests and can identify mold species)
  • Cost, hourly rate, and payment terms (remember that the industry standard is 50% of the payment before inspection and 50% after the inspection; never allow a 100% upfront payment!)

How to get free mold inspection

There are many mold companies that offer free mold inspections, especially for first-time customers. However, it is not uncommon knowledge that most of these companies are hoping for a paid remediation after the free inspection.

This is why scams are frequent among free mold inspections by mold remediation companies because unethical mold workers will rip you off by letting you pay unnecessarily expensive remediation works.

To avoid this act of fraud, as an example, the state of Florida has required its people to hire a second-party mold remediation company after the mold inspection is performed by the first company/individual hired.

Since not all states have this mold law to prevent scams from mold remediation companies, it is better to educate yourself regarding the basics of mold growth and removal.