Learn The Best Strategy For Accurate Mold Inspections

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Ann Shippy, MD

Welcome to this episode of Mold, Mycotoxin, and Chronic Illness. I am your host, Dr. Ann Shippy. Today, we have Mike Schrantz. He is a building scientist. He is the owner of Environmental Analyst Politics in Tucson, Arizona, where they do environmental assessments in residential, commercial, and medical settings and have a global reach. He is a member of multiple organizations trying to help advance this deal. He is very passionate about it. I think he goes and breathes it. I am really happy to have you here today, Mike. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your wisdom.

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7 months ago

I had the Great Plains Mold test in November of 2022 and several types were found, had mold remediation done in home in June of 2023 and now still feel lousy. Our land lord will put house on market in January 2024. Since we’ll need to move I hesitate to have the expensive home test done again here. Should I wait to get the pricey GPL test done till after we’ve moved out or now?

7 months ago

I appreciate this discussion as an IEP.. I worked in a lab analyzing mold samples for almost a decade before moving into the field to do inspections. I became a Florida licensed mold assessor, but have since moved to a state that doesn’t regulate mold related work.

I tend to rely on tapelift sampling myself to determine if a surface has mold or not (ductwork, joists, etc) and to get an idea of the conditions. If someone has an ERMI already, it might help point to specific genera and maybe the conditions (humidity driven mold? leaks?), though we are looking for those anyway. Our exams take 3-4 hours for an average home.

My question is regarding post remediation testing. We do work with a lot of chronically ill folks that are sent to us from the functional medicine community. We want to make sure that if they are doing a remediation that the home is safe for them to return to. I am finding that current testing has such a limitation in the ability to tell us this. Currently, I will do air and surface tests for post remediation verification, because that is pretty much all the remediator will agree to be liable for. At this point, I just lay out these testing limitations to the client, but ultimately feel that their body is the only thing that can determine if the house is back to “safe” for them. I also believe it takes several weeks to months to restore the home back to “normal fungal ecology” and I relay that as well. Is there more to be done for post remediation testing? Of course I do a visual exam, looking for odors, if containment is set properly, settled dust, etc.. but what other metrics can be useful?

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