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Trained for Certification as Certified Mold Inspector
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Online Mold Training and Mold Certification Study Materials

Please read each page of this mold inspector and mold remediator training website to be trained and certified as a Certified Mold Inspector and Certified Mold Remediator. Please enroll in mold training at Ecology College Online.



MOLD OVERVIEW
: "
Molds are microscopic fungi that comprise 25% of the earth's biomass. They can be found almost anywhere and can grow on virtually any organic substance as long as moisture and oxygen are present. Molds can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. Moisture encourages mold growth. People who are allergic to mold or whose asthma is triggered by mold usually react to the spores, the reproductive bodies for molds. The process by which these spores are released into the air becomes intensified when moldy material is damaged or disturbed. Sometimes mold can produce a toxic substance called mycotoxins, which also can cause illness in sensitive populations, especially those with substantial exposures, such as agricultural workers. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture. Many types of molds exist and they all have the potential to cause health effects. Molds produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or asthma attacks. Health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remedy/clean up any existing indoor mold growth. The range of symptoms of overexposure to mold include cough, congestion, runny nose, eye irritation, and asthma symptoms.  As is true of all environmentally-related illnesses, the sensitivity and vulnerability of the person will dictate the level of response to any given exposure."--American Nursing Association.

Please visit and study each of main sections of this online mold inspector and remediator training course:

Reference Resources | Mold News Articles  |  Members Update  | Mold Equipment Mold Lab Analysis Services  |  Reference Materials  |  Code Of Ethics  |  Cmici In News  |  New Epa Lead Paint Rules

Hot tips: share the newly-revised sample Client Contract for Mold Inspection/Testing
, and the first ever sample Client Contract for Mold Remediation with your attorney so that he or she can make the best possible mold inspection and testing client contract, and mold remediation client contract for your particular situation and your state's laws.

Very important: Please read the in depth report [May 25, 2004] on dampness and health problems based on a research study commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control. Read the full report which will have substantial good and bad impact on the mold industry.

Additional Environmental Hygienist information on radon: a must-read review on radon definition, its characteristics, its effect on human health, its relationship with smoking, and more. Visit the Radon Section.

Indoor Air Quality Facts from the American Medical Assoc., and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

       
  Ninety four percent (94%) of all respiratory ailments are caused by polluted air according to the American Medical Association, which also reported that one-third of our national health bill is for causes directly attributable to indoor air pollution.

          The U.S. Government Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns people that "Most people are aware that outdoor air pollution can damage their health but may not know that indoor air pollution can also have significant effects. EPA studies of human exposure to air pollutants indicate that indoor air levels of many pollutants may be 2-5 times, and occasion more than 100 times, higher than outdoor levels. These levels of indoor air pollutants are of particular concern because it is estimated that most people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors. In recent years, comparative risk studies performed by EPA and its Science Advisory Board (SAB) have consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health."

        "All molds have the potential to cause health effects. Molds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to  mold. Others are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants. Potential health concerns are an important reason." The U.S. EPA, March, 2001, and its Science Advisory Board (SAB) have consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health."

Reference Resources | Mold News Articles  |  Members Update  | Mold Equipment Mold Lab Analysis Services  |  Reference Materials  |  Code Of Ethics  |  Cmici In News  |  New Epa Lead Paint Rules

              

                                    
Mold growth on wood window frame.

 University study discovers that bleach does NOT kill mold
     
"While bleach is often recommended for remediation of surface mold on wood, our [university research study] results illustrate that the treatment does not eliminate the surface microflora,"
is the conclusion of the Oregon State University study of the effects of chlorine bleach on mold growth on Douglas fir wood [an important timber crop in the state of Oregon]. The research study was conducted by Professor Jeffrey Morrell, Dept. of Wood Science, Oregon State University, as assisted by Adam Taylor [graduate research assistant] and Camille Freitag [Senior Research Associate], as published in Forest Products Journal, 54:4, 2004.

Read: Bleach Mold Myth  Read: Oregon State Bleach Study


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Email answers to
your questions


For email answers to your mold training questions about mold prevention, inspection, testing, remediation training, and environmental hygiene, please email mold training instructor Phillip Fry. phil@moldinspector.com

For your P.C.I. membership renewal and payment, please email manager Phillip Fry
phil@moldinspector.com

Internet advertising of your mold and environmental hygienist services to attract more clients, please email manager Phillip Fry
phil@moldinspector.com

 

Reference Resources
Reference Materials

EPA Rules on Lead Paint Construction Work
January 3, 2006

Be sure to read the new The Wall Street Journal mold article, August 24, 2004: Water-Damage-Restoration, plus the New York Times article June 2, 2004, Commercial-Building-Mold


Learn the legal protection importance of developing a mold O&M plan [building operations specifications and building maintenance specifications] for dealing with moisture intrusions.  Read the important news about a bank which cancelled a home mortgage because of home mold infestation.

 

Mold or Mildew?

Mildew is a common name for mold or fungi, often used to describe fungal growth on bathroom tiles/fixtures, and on wet clothing.

 

 

Where Mold Grows Easily

Attics with roof leaks or inadequate ventilation
Basements with dirt floors or water problems
Behind and under showers, tubs, toilets, and bathroom walls
Books, magazines, newspapers
Carpeting and padding
Ceilings [from roof leaks]
Ceiling tiles
Clothing
Crawl spaces
Drapes
Drywall in ceilings and walls
Garbage disposal
Heating/cooling equipment & ducts
Humidifiers & vaporizers [inside]
Leather items
Paint
Paper, cardboard & other paper products
Plants [house plants]
Rags
Upholstered furniture
Walls [from siding, roof, & plumbing leaks]
Wallpaper & behind wallpaper
Wood products

 

Frequent Causes
of Mold Growth

Basement flooding and water intrusion
Closeness to lake, river, or ocean
Clothes dryer exhausting into walls or attic
Construction defects + poor workmanship
Crawl space
Firewood indoors
Flooding
Lot grading downward to home
High indoor humidity [60%+]
Humidifiers & vaporizers
Inadequate ventilation
Indoor plants
Overflow from tubs, showers, sinks, & toilets
Landscaping mistakes like mulch & plant glut
Leaky roof
Venting inadequacies in kitchen & bathrooms
Sewage pipe leaks
Siding water leaks
Water supply pipe leaks
Wooded setting keeps out sun
Wet clothes
Wet clothes drying indoors on clothes line

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