Originally Posted By: jfarsetta
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I have arranged for the Director of Cornell University's Cooperative Extension's Horticulture Labs to speak about mold at next month's NY Chapter meeting.
His spin on mold is quite refreshing. It goes along with much of what folks like you and I believe.
For the record, I do take mold samples (swatch and/or tape only) if my client is freaked about mold and insists on testing it. I referr them to the EPA and CDC sites and encourage them to read-up on the subject. They pay me to take the sample, retain chain of custody, and transport it to Cornell for identification. I make them sign an agreement acknowledging that I am NOT in the mold business, and that they are paying Cornell directly for ANALYSISand IDENTIFICATION purposes only.
I really try and calm folks down, and provide a cost effective and reasonable approach to the mold issue. I tell them that Cornell is experienced and honest, and doesn't stand to make any money either way. The cost for identification and analysis is a whopping $25 per sample. Multiple swatches of tapes from the same vicinity within the home is considere a single sample, althoughthey may examine 2 or 3 pieces. They write the report, and contact the client directly. I never see the report. I am not in the mold business...