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Old 2/17/19, 12:29 PM
Darrell Anderson Darrell Anderson is offline
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Acid rain is a topic that is debated heavily today. Its existence and destructive effects are a common phenomenon are disputed by some even though acid rain and its effects have been observed in mainly industrial cities around the world since the 1800s.

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Old 2/18/19, 2:51 AM
TARA WRIGHT TARA WRIGHT is offline
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The image I choose exemplifies the growth of mold around a window in a home. Reasons as to why this happen can be high water condensation, high humidity or leaks in the window seal which lead to mold conducive conditions in area. When inspecting, the inspector will watch to take sampledify every substrate mold visually appears on and pictures to properly log in report.

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Old 2/18/19, 3:02 AM
TARA WRIGHT TARA WRIGHT is offline
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I chose abralive blasting for mold remediation. I learned that mold only needs oxygen, moisture, food source, and a surface to grow. Whe mold is present it causes a lot of health issues and must be cleaned immediately. Abrasive blasting is a process of cleaning objects by use of an air blast wheel that throws, dry ice or baking soda, against he surface, it is a less tedious and highly effective way of mold remediation being used now days.

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Old 2/18/19, 6:15 PM
Howie Boyda Howie Boyda is offline
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The photo was taken while I was inspecting a preserved wood foundation at the inside of of the crawlspace. Moisture intrusion was noted at the bottom of the crawlspace wall. There was moisture stains on the preserved wood framing and sheathing. There was mud and debris on top of the sole plate on the inside of the foundation wall. Upon further investigation it was noted that there was apparent mold or mildew on interior sheathing of the preserved wood foundation wall. I recommended that a mold inspection be completed by a qualified Mold Inspector and that further investigation and repairs be conducted by a qualified preserved wood restoration contractor.

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Old 2/18/19, 6:47 PM
Howie Boyda Howie Boyda is offline
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My research was on moisture meters for Inspectors. I learnt that it is important to have both pin and pinless moisture meters for accurate detection of moisture in the building materials. Some of the best moisture meters have both the search mode(pinless) and pin type (evasive)mode for inspecting for moisture. Home inspector should pick a moisture meter that can measure moisture in wood and other building materials. Moisture meters are an essential tool for determining moisture levels in building materials and finding moisture or condensation leaks.

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Old 2/18/19, 10:52 PM
Ryan Lesko Ryan Lesko is offline
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I am writing about crawl space and the hazards of them. I have learned proper protection equipment is the number one safety when inspecting these areas. Crawlspaces are prone to a lot of mold issues and concerns and should be properly suited up to protect skin. Have your tools on you so they are readily available because these situations are very tight. Make sure you have you complete documentation before leaving so the inspection fixes the problem. Crawl spaces have a lot of defects.

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Old 2/18/19, 10:56 PM
Ryan Lesko Ryan Lesko is offline
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This photo shows that are a swab is conducive to identify the type of fungi this apparent mold growth is because health issues are the reason for inspection. I have learned that as a mold inspector we are not to relate any type of fungi to health but rather identify what type of fungi they have so they can take to health professional. Unlike, certified hygenists, we just take samples to give them research of apparent growth.

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Old 2/19/19, 8:05 PM
Tyler Clayton Tyler Clayton is offline
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In the InterNACHI Advanced Mold Inspection course we learned about a couple different methods to test for mold. Viable tests collect mold spores on a agar dish witch is then sent to a lab where the spores are then colonized and grown (making it possible to identify strains of mold), whereas the more popular unviable mold test is more of a representative count and is used more as tool to simply note a higher presence of spores in a particular area. There are many collection method described in the video. A commen theam among them all was to be sure to calibrate all equipment before starting any test. Also to keep good record of the chain of custody.

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Old 2/19/19, 8:19 PM
Tyler Clayton Tyler Clayton is offline
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The article Mold, Moisture and Your Home breaks down how mold potentially forms in homes, potential health affects of mold allergens, how to identify if you have a problem, and how to mitigate mold once its identified. The main concept I took away from this article was that mold needs moisture to grow. Eliminate the moisture, eliminate the mold.

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Old 2/19/19, 11:04 PM
Darren Shobe Darren Shobe is offline
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Air sampling is useful to determine the type of mold and the concentration of mold in a home. At least three samples should be take. One from the windward and leeward side as well as a chosen room in the home. Sampling should be taken between 3 to 6 Feet from the floor in a closed room. Samples are sent to the lab for evaluation using the results to organize a plan for remediation.

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Old 2/20/19, 1:54 PM
William Edwards William Edwards is offline
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Water leaks under the bathroom sink can show signs of moisture. Whether it is active or not there is a potential for mold to form on the pipes or even within the sink cabinet itself. A mold inspection should be done and sent to the lab to either confirm or deny the presence of mold.

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Old 2/20/19, 1:57 PM
William Edwards William Edwards is offline
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Mold testing should be done for buildings where mold is suspected. There should be two tests done on the outside and one test done on the inside of the residence. The outside test should be done at least 10 feet from the front door and away from coverings to get an accurate reading.

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Old 2/20/19, 3:38 PM
Samuel R. Strickler Samuel R. Strickler is offline
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Attic space (addition) lacking roof Ventilation and has moisture from bathroom vent discharge in attic. This was only in the addition of the home. Isolated due to high moisture retention and a testament to need for moisture. This is a good visual explaining easily that are attic can vary due to air flow and water.

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Old 2/20/19, 3:42 PM
Samuel R. Strickler Samuel R. Strickler is offline
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It is so important and a great reminder that we inspect all homes using the whole home approach. Even when testing mold in a basement, we check things like the HVAC system and roof. Mold spores travel in a building envelope from the stack effect.

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Old 2/20/19, 4:53 PM
James Vaughn James Vaughn is offline
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Inspection of a crawlspace revealed apparent mold growth on stored items, floor joists, insulation on the outside of AC ducts. An initial assessment found 6 mil plastic in place as a moisture barrier but was not fully covering the unfinished area. Moisture intrusion was noted along the masonry wall on the front and rear areas associated with misdirected downspouts. One crawlspace vent was identified but was covered.

The plan for the site is to take exterior air samples on the East and West sides of the structure and an interior sample in the common living space above the crawlspace. A surface sample will be taken on the AC Duct insulation located in the crawlspace.

The area to be remediated is considered large, requiring full PPE. Steps include sealing the area and bagging contaminated material where located then removing from the area. The contributing factors leading to moisture penetration will be corrected. Remaining mold will be remediated with suitable agents.

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