Certified Environmental Hygienist Phillip Fry recommends that mold victims and property owners, managers, and tenants get a second opinion by an independent, unrelated hygienist of any mold inspection or testing report, mold removal protocol plan.
"Mold inspection, testing, and remediation protocol plans, reports and bids are often not professionally-prepared, correct, appropriate and/or affordable," reports mold expert Phillip Fry, Certified Environmental Hygienist and Professional Industrial Hygienist.
"Getting a second opinion about the meaning and impact of an issued mold inspection or mold testing report, proposed mold remediation protocol plan, or mold removal bid proposal, from an independent, mold-experienced Certified Environmental Hygienist or Professional Industrial Hygienist can help mold victims and property owners, managers, and tenants know the true extent of mold infestations and how to get rid of such mold problems in an effective and affordable way," recommends Mr. Fry, who is author of five mold advice ebooks and the co-manager of the international EnviroFry mold services company.
For example, mold testing is often incomplete because too few areas of the home or workplace are properly tested with air tests and surface sample collection. "Proper and thorough mold testing might require testing the air in at least five to fifteen different indoor locations, plus surface sampling in multiple building areas," notes Mr. Fry, who is the webmaster since 1999 of the mold information website moldinspector.com.
A second opinion should be based primarily on a thorough review and evaluation by a hygienist not involved in making the original mold report, remediation protocol, or bid. A second opinion might require a new, more thorough mold inspection and mold testing of the home or commercial building by the newly-engaged environmental or industrial hygienist.
A good example of the benefits of an outside, new second opinion is the EnviroFry evaluation of the landlord-hired clearance testing report that purported to declare as safe and habitable an allegedly mold-remediated luxury apartment in Scottsdale, Arizona, which had previously experienced a significant master bathroom water leak with resulting mold infestation.
After completion of the mold remediation project by unqualified, untrained, and unsupervised employees of a local water damage restoration company, the landlord provided to the tenant mold testing lab results that indicated that the mold levels in the apartment were then low and safe for occupancy.
The tenants, who were out of the apartment and temporarily living in another of the landlord's rental units, were very suspicious of both the effectiveness of the mold remediation work and the reported mold lab results. The tenants hired EnviroFry for a second opinion in the form of new clearance testing as to the effectiveness of the mold remediation.
Clearance testing by Phillip and Divine Fry discovered extremely high (above 40,000 airborne mold spores in a five minute air test of the living room air) levels of the dangerous toxic molds Stachybotrys, Aspergillus, and Penicillium, and high mold counts in other testing locations in the allegedly-remediated apartment.
With the proper and correct mold lab results in hand, EnviroFry persuaded the landlord to pay: (1) EnviroFry for the complete mold decontamination of the family's furniture, clothing, and other personal possessions; (2) and moving expenses for the family to move to a rental home (EnviroFry-tested as mold safe).
The husband/father is extremely ill and not able to work because of what his doctors and the hospital discovered to be advanced Stachybotrys mold growth in his body. Of course, the tenants are pursuing legal remedies against the landlord for its apartment maintenance neglect that enabled the toxic mold growth to happen and for the improper and ineffective mold remediation afterwards.
To arrange for the review and evaluation of a mold inspection report, mold lab results, or mold remediation bid proposal for any residence or workplace in most areas of the USA, Ontario Province, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, or the Philippines, email Mr. Fry at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone toll-free 1-866-300-1616 or cell phone 1-480-310-7970, or visit the EnviroFry website moldexpertconsultants.com.
Phillip Fry, Co-Manager
EnviroFry Environmental Hygienists
10104 Sheridan Rd.,
Montrose, Michigan 48457
Phone toll-free 1-866-300-1616 USA and Canada
Cell Phone 1-480-310-7970 Worldwide