MOLD TERMS DEFINED AND EXPLAINED
questions and mold problems, email mold expert Phillip Fry:
such as pollen, mold or animal dander, that triggers allergic response in
humans and pets and other forms of animals.
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
Chain of Custody: A mold laboratory
form which is completed by the Certified
or property owner who collects the mold samples to record the details of
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.
parasitic plant lacking chlorophyll, a rigid cell wall, leaves, true
stems & roots. Multicellular. Composed of thread- like hyphae. Reproduces by
Hyphae: Fungi usually
are filamentous, with the single filaments being termed hyphae. Fungal
hyphae grow and branch to make a filament network [mycelium].
Human allergic reaction [such as skin rashes, open sores, and respiratory
problems] from exposure to airborne mold spores & indoor mold growth.
Mold Analysis Laboratory:
mold lab or microbiology laboratory
that specializes in, or provides, the analysis, identification, and
quantification of mold species from mold samples and samplings.
Safe, effective & total removal of mold spores & mold growth from buildings
& personal possessions.
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
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.
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].
Advanced, in depth mold inspection and mold tests to find all mold
infestation inside a building. See
Mold Inspectors Directory.
attorney, environmental lawyer, or mold attorney who specializes in
prosecuting or defending mold-related legal problems and lawsuits.
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.
that eats and grows on and in damp or high moisture or decaying organic
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.
removal is done on your own or by a
Certified Mold Remediator or
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.
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.
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
Collection by a
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
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
mold lab analysis done after 5-7 days' mold culture plate growth.
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