Protect Yourself Against Mold Scams
Updated April 23, 2012. Don't
mold scam victim! Because the mold industry is
so new, it is largely unregulated and unlicensed. Because the demand for
mold testing and mold remediation is so high, there do exist,
unfortunately, mold scammers who want to separate property owners from
their money rather than from their mold problems. To avoid being a victim
of a mold scam, if you have a possible mold
problem, please hire a
Certified Mold Inspector,
Certified Mold Remediator.
several mold frauds perpetrated by insurance companies
incompetent, low-paid, company-stooge testing personnel to do the least
possible mold testing in the least likely mold-locations in an insured's
property so that any actual mold is NOT likely to be discovered.
Utilizing popular but very ineffective air testing pumps and cassettes so that little or
no mold will be discovered. Air pump testing cassettes test too small of an air
sample (150 cubic liters for the most commonly-used cassette) and too
few samplings to give a
truly accurate insight into a property's real mold infestation problems.
Direct sampling of visible molds with surface samplers, Scotch tape lift
tape sampling, and mold culture plates are vastly
superior to air cassettes in determining the true extent of mold problems in
a property and in the identification of the molds present. Testing
the air for just 15 minutes is obviously an inferior way to test a
property, in which the tenants are living not for 15 minutes but for
large number of hours per day. Collecting and measuring mold spores and
mold growth on top of door and window trim and other seldom-cleaned
areas is far superior to learn the true mold status of a building.
testing stooges uncover any mold problems, the serious mold test results
are not to be shared with the insureds and are to be kept a complete
secret forever from the insureds---this common insurance company fraud is
one of the causes of actions in the $20 million Ed McMahon's successful lawsuit against
his homeowner's insurance company and its two insurance stooge testing and
remediation companies. The McMahon defendants kept secret mold test
results showing a serious mold infestation in the McMahon residence of the
deadly mold Stachybotrys.
Telling insureds that there is no mold insurance coverage even though there is
evidence that insurance-covered accidental, sudden water damage is the direct cause of the
resulting mold infestation.
is when the mold scammers introduce large numbers of mold spores into the
home or other building, and then increase the temperature and humidity
(e.g., close all windows and doors, shut off air conditioning, close and run humidifiers full
blast) to cause high levels of detectable mold to justify expensive mold
remediation work. For a more detailed look at house cooking, please visit House
Whether or not
you are a mold victim, or a present or future mold plaintiff or mold
Mold Legal Guide
will help you and your lawyer to deal with and to survive
financially the immense and complicated legal problems arising from
mold issues that are commonly arising in today's lawsuit-crazy world
in such business relationships as: landlord and tenant, employer and
employee, property seller and buyer, realtor or real estate agent
and seller or buyer, mortgage lender and debtor, home builder and
buyer, and contractor and customer.
scammers will bring back to you mold test results showing big-time mold
problems in your home or property. Unfortunately for you, the mold samples
are NOT actually from your home but are, in fact, samples that had been
intentionally infected (inoculated) with large amounts of mold species
from other locations or from mold collections maintained by the scammers.
fraudulent mold remediation jobs end with the mold problems as great or
greater than before the remediation work was done because of shortcuts
taken by the mold scammers and because of flawed remediation techniques,
procedures, and techniques utilized by the mold scammers who only care
about getting your money, rather than solving your family's mold crisis.
One big shortcut is that many mold remediators often rely on ineffective
but cheap chlorine bleach as an alleged mold killer. See the discussion on
chlorine bleach below. Read the 25 steps for safe and effective
mold remediation companies utilize cheap but ineffective chlorine bleach
as their preferred chemical to allegedly kill mold to cut corners and
costs in their mold remediation jobs. Unfortunately, chlorine bleach is
not an effective or lasting killer of mold and mold spores. Bleach is good
only for changing the color of the mold. Three weeks after treatment
with chlorine bleach, mold will return just as strong as before. Learn why
bleach is ineffective in killing mold at
Bleach and Mold.
too diluted and thus too weak to permanently kill mold.
little killing power chlorine bleach does have is diminished
significantly as the bleach sits in warehouses and on grocery store
shelves or in your house or business [50% loss in killing power in just
the first 90 days inside a never opened jug or container]. Chlorine
constantly escapes through the plastic walls of its containers.
structure prevents chlorine from penetrating into porous materials such
as drywall and wood --- it just stays on the outside surface, whereas
mold has enzyme roots growing inside the porous construction materials.
Bleach is NOT registered with the EPA as a disinfectant to kill mold.
You can verify that important fact yourself when you are unable to find
an EPA registration number for killing mold on the label of any brand of
Read more about the failure of bleach to kill mold on porous surfaces at
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