It is an unfortunate reality that mould (spelled mold in non-Commonwealth countries) grows easily and quickly in all but the best-designed homes and buildings. It is a mould inspector's job to quickly, accurately and efficiently inspect a residence for mold contamination and recommend a course of action. If necessary, a mould remediator may be needed to reduce and eliminate the mould infestation. In many cases, the functions of a mould inspector and mould remediator are fulfilled by one person.
Mould inspection, both residential and commercial, is the visual identification and sampling of suspected mold. Depending on the scope and extent of the damage, this may lead to mould remediation - which can cost thousands of dollars. Mould remediation falls outside the scope of a mould inspection. Mould remediation is a separate industry that specializes in cleaning an area affected by mould, repairing the damage inflicted by it, and making or recommending structural and other changes to ensure that it does not re-occur.
Mould is often a hidden menace; it can grow inside walls, attics, unconditioned spaces in the home, and other places that typically are not seen by the homeowner often or at all. For a prospective homeowner, there is often no way, absent sophisticated test equipment operated by a professional mould inspector, to know whether a home is suffering from a mould infestation. If the home in question has not been lived in for some time or the current resident has attempted to hide or clean up the surface signs of mould, the home may look mold-free at a first glance. But the mould spores are likely still alive and active - and need only moisture and warmth to reappear.
A mould inspection is not necessarily predicated on a home sale; many home owners get mould inspections just to ensure they are living in a safe home. In some cases, a doctor's visit for asthma-like symptoms can result in a recommendation to check the home for mould to ensure that the homeowner and his or her family are not becoming ill from their surroundings.
If you're interested in becoming a mould inspector or remediator in Canada or a mold inspector or remediator in the US, we can help. LearnMouldInspection.com is a training portal for the Professional Mold Inspection Institute, an industry leader in training, certifying and licensing professional mold inspectors in the US and Canada.
The Professional Mold Inspection Institute can provide training for you to become a Certified Mould Inspector (CMI), a Certified Commercial Mould Inspector (CCMI), and/or a Certified Mould Remediator (CMR). Due to the dangers posed by mould, all of these fields have explosive growth potential across Canada.
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