Originally Posted By: rwills
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In addition, certain types of molds can produce toxins, called mycotoxins, that the mold uses to inhibit or prevent the growth of other organisms. Mycotoxins are found in both living and dead mold spores.
materials permeated with mold need to be removed, even after they are disinfected with cleaning solutions. Allergic and toxic effects can remain in dead spores.
Exposure to mycotoxins may present a greater hazard than that of allergenic or irritative molds. Mycotoxins have been found in homes, agricultural settings, food and office buildings.
Quote-Mold study at Univ. of Arizona:"Remaining fragments of dead mold can linger indoors long after the mold spores have been inactivated, and can be as harmful as live mold,"
said Kelly Reynolds, lead investigator for the study from the University of Arizona. "The study results confirm that denaturing the mold spores with a dilute chlorine bleach solution appears to be the most effective and efficient way to reduce mold allergen on hard surfaces."
All I see from those against sampling is "simple, you see mold, you stop the water problem and clean it up". Easier said than done!
Ex: A seller had a serious leak inside a finished basement wall. Eventually found the problem, cleaned and repainted the surfaces except for a small area in a corner. You spot it and lay on your number one statement" Simple, just clean it with bleach, problem solved, right?" seller is now trying to sell the home to a family with someone who has a highly allergic reaction to the type of dried mold spores accumulated in the insulation in an entire basement wall. An air sample from inside that wall would will show a VERY high concentration of spores. Wall is opened, insulation removed, area cleaned out and re-drywalled. Who do you think the buyers attorney will go after when this is discovered after you said " Just clean the surface, problem solved".
Quote from your post:"Surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated." Let me guess, only by a CIH!
Quote:"WHEN do you do your mold inspections?" Actually, whenever I see a moisture condition or smell mold/mildew I do a mold inspection,
hopefully you do to!
One thing for certain Jerry, You don't get involved with it, so obviously have no experience other than what you read, however, you waste no time attacking anyone that does, without even knowing or caring what there experience is!
Quote:"I have been advised privately before that I cannot reach someone who is on the dark side". Huh? ![icon_eek.gif](upload://yuxgmvDDEGIQPAyP9sRnK0D0CCY.gif) Getting a little personal aren't we? "People that offer this service are from the "Dark Side"?
Sounds like you have more issues than just being against mold service!
Bob (Darkside) Wills
BW Inspection Services