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Allergen: Any substance, such as pollen, mold or animal dander, that triggers allergic response in humans and pets and other forms of animals.


Antimicrobial coating: After all moldy building materials have been removed & the area has been cleaned and disinfected with a fungicide, an antimicrobial coating is sprayed onto the mold-free surfaces & new replacement building materials to protect them against future mold growth. The best and safest  is boric acid powder, available for your purchase at Mold Mart.


Chain of Custody: A mold laboratory form which is completed by the Certified Mold Inspector or property owner who collects the mold samples to record the details of the mold sampling work done, and to document both the transfer of custody of the mold samplings directly from the inspector to the mold lab, & their receipt by the mold analysis lab.


Dormant Mold: Mold that is inactive and awaiting future moisture and food to begin mold reproduction & growth. 


Fungus: A parasitic plant lacking chlorophyll, a rigid cell wall, leaves, true stems & roots. Multicellular. Composed of thread- like hyphae. Reproduces by spores.

: Fungi usually are filamentous, with the single filaments being termed hyphae. Fungal hyphae grow and branch to make a filament network [mycelium].


Mold Allergy. Human allergic reaction [such as skin rashes, open sores, and respiratory problems] from exposure to airborne mold spores & indoor mold growth.

Mold Analysis Laboratory: A scientific mold lab or microbiology laboratory that specializes in, or provides, the analysis, identification, and quantification of mold species from mold samples and samplings.


Mold Decontamination and Mold Detoxification: Safe, effective & total removal of mold spores & mold growth from buildings & personal possessions.


Mold Training and Mold Education: Mold instruction, education, & certification at a professional toxic mold school, mold class, mold seminar, or mold course for mold inspection, mold testing, mold remediation, mold removal, mold prevention, and  mold business practices.


Mold Inspection: The thorough physical examination of a building by a Certified Mold Inspector. Mold inspection is done to find & locate visual & hidden mold growth & water problems that enable mold spores to grow into mold colony infestations. Mold inspection includes mold testing & mold laboratory analysis of collected mold samples and samplings.  Certified mold inspection and mold tests are often necessary to file a  toxic mold  insurance claim.


Mold Inspector: A mold professional who has been specially trained in the detection of toxic  mold contamination in homes, condos, apartments, offices, & commercial buildings. The mold expert inspector utilizes high-tech inspection devices such as  moisture meter [to find water problems hidden  inside walls, ceilings, and floors], fiber optics [to look inside walls & ceilings for mold infestation],  timed mold culture plate impactor, air sampling pump & cassettes, & hygrometer [to check for the high level humidity that mold can grow in].


Mold Investigation: Advanced, in depth mold inspection and mold tests to find all mold infestation inside a building. See Certified Mold Inspectors Directory.


Mold Lawyer: An environmental attorney, environmental lawyer, or mold attorney who specializes in prosecuting or defending mold-related legal problems and lawsuits.


Mold Maintenance: Mold prevention requires effective and regular building mold maintenance to prevent roof leaks, water leaks, water problems, mold-causing high humidity, and toxic mold growth.


Mold or Mould: A fungus that eats and grows on and in damp or high moisture or decaying organic matter. 

Mold Remediation: The safe, complete killing & removal of mold spores & mold colony growth from mold contaminated  homes and other buildings. Effective mold remediation requires the removal of mold-damaged building materials and the use of a fungicide to kill mold and an antimicrobial coating to prevent future mold growth. Mold removal is done on your own or by a Certified Mold Remediator or Certified Contractor.


Mold Remediator: A mold professional who has been specially trained as a mold remediation specialist  for toxic mold detection, mold decontamination, mold inspection, mold testing, mold sampling, mold investigation, mold prevention, mold remediation, mold removal,  Certified Mold Remediator.


Mold Report: A written presentation from a Certified Mold Inspector to his client of his physical building  inspection findings & mold sampling mold lab results, detailed analysis thereof, and recommendations for specific mold remediation & removal steps required to remove any mold problem documented in the mold report.


Mold Spore: A small reproductive cell that is resistant to unfavorable environmental conditions such as no water, & is capable of mold reproduction fungal growth when water & organic materials to eat exist.


Mold Test Kit: Do-it-yourself sampling of room & HVAC air,  & physical sampling of visible mold growth into easy-to-use mold culture plates for lab identification.


Mold Testing: Collection by a Certified Mold Inspector of direct physical samples of visible mold and of indoor air samples in rooms, attic, crawl space, basement, & heating & air conditioning equipment & ducts, so that the mold samplings can be grown by a mold lab in mold culture plates [viable mold testing] to produce full- grown mold colonies for mold lab analysis & identification by the mold laboratory.


Toxic Black Mold: A fungus that emits chemical mycotoxin poisons that become airborne & cause serious human health diseases. Toxic mold & black mold are brain-damaging Stachybotrys toxic mold [often misspelled  Stachybotris].

Viable mold test: Immediate microscopic analysis of the collected substance to determine: (1) whether it is mold or not; (2) if mold, how many mold spores are present in sample; & (3) where possible, to identify the few mold species that can be visually identified without the highly accurate viable mold lab analysis done after 5-7 days' mold culture plate growth.

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