Granite Inspection Group NYS Mold Assessor License #MA00001
Effective January 1, 2016 – New Legislation and Law for Mold Inspection, Assessor, Testing and Remediation.
Home Inspectors and Mold Assessment Licensing
Persons who conduct home inspections as part of potential real estate transactions must also be licensed as a “Mold Assessor” if their inspections/reports include an assessment of mold conditions in the home or property in question.
Excerpts From Labor Law Article 32:
Definition of “mold assessment”:
“§ 930. Definitions. As used in this article:
4. “Mold assessment” means an inspection or assessment of real property that is designed to discover mold, conditions that facilitate mold, indication of conditions that are likely to facilitate mold, or any combination thereof.”
Therefore, Home Inspectors need to be licensed as per:
“§ 931. Licensing requirements. 1. It shall be unlawful for any contractor to engage in mold assessment on a project, or to advertise or hold themselves out as a mold assessment contractor unless such contractor has a valid mold assessment license issued by the commissioner.”
For additional information contact:
New York State Department of Labor
Engineering Services Unit
Building 12, room 154
Albany, NY 12240
What is Mold?
Mold is usually a natural micro-organism that is a decomposer of organic material such as leaves, paper products, wood and plants. Mold can be found almost anywhere, as long as moisture and a food source is present. While not all molds are toxic, recent research shows an alarming rate of harmful fungal species in homes or buildings with water damage, moisture or high humidity levels.
Mold causes far more than just cosmetic damage to your home. The airborne spores can enter our lungs and cause problems including coughing, inflamed glands, sneezing, asthma attacks and, in some extreme cases, even permanent lung damage. Unfortunately, keeping your home clean is not always enough. Although mold is encouraged by dust and warm, damp conditions, it can infiltrate even the most spotless home
Not only can mold testing tell you if you have a mold problem somewhere in your home, but it can also help you to find it. Mold often grows hidden away behind walls and other places. Mold tests can help you narrow down the location of hidden mold by telling you the places in your home with the highest amount of mold spores. Only a “NYS Licensed Mold Assessor” can properly perform an Mold Assessment to verify the conditions present and develop testing requirements base on an onsite documented assessment. Testing is performed to validate and confirm the Mold Assessors findings
The three main types of mold tests are:
- Air testing
- Surface testing
- Bulk testing
Testing for mold is highly recommend prior to any clean up or remediation. It helps to identify what types or species of mold are present and how you should deal with it. Is this something the average home owner may be able to address themselves, or is this more for a qualified professional. Testing is always in your best interest to know what you are dealing with. Is it non -allergenic, an allergen, a real health issue or a possible toxin. Only testing can confirm. No one can identify what type of mold you have with out testing- NO ONE.
Call Granite Inspection Group today for further information about mold, mold assessor and mold testing and to schedule your test TODAY!
For more information on mold please review this guide provided by the EPA: Mold, Moisture, and Your Home