Glossary of Mold Terms
Any substance, such as pollen, mold or animal dander, that can trigger allergic response
in humans and pets.
After all moldy building materials have been removed & the area has
been cleaned and disinfected with a fungicide, an antimicrobial
coating is sprayed onto the mold-free surfaces & new replacement
building materials to protect them against future mold growth.
Chain of Custody:
A mold laboratory form which is completed by the
Certified Mold Inspector who collects
the mold samples to record the details of the mold sampling work done, and to document
both the transfer of custody of the mold samplings directly from the inspector to the
mold lab, and their receipt by the analysis lab.
Mold that is inactive & awaiting future moisture and food to begin again mold
reproduction & growth.
An effective, safe, and quick indoor mold killer that is approved by the United States
Environmental Protection Agency.
A parasitic plant lacking chlorophyll, a rigid cell wall, leaves, true stems & roots.
Multicellular. Composed of thread-like hyphae. Reproduces by spores.
Fungi usually are filamentous, with the single filaments being termed hyphae. Fungal
hyphae grow and branch to make a filament network [mycelium].
A fungus that eats and grows on and in damp or high moisture or decaying organic matter.
Human allergic reaction [such as skin rashes, open sores, and respiratory problems] from
exposure to airborne mold spores & indoor mold growth.
scientific mold lab that specializes in the analysis and identification and
quantification of various mold species from mold samples.
Mold Decontamination and
Detoxification Safe, effective & total removal of mold spores & growth from
buildings and personal possessions.
The thorough physical examination of a building by a
Inspector to find & locate visual & hidden mold growth & water problems that enable
mold spores to grow into mold colony infestations. Includes mold testing & mold
laboratory analysis of collected mold samples and samplings. Certified inspection &
testing are often necessary to file a mold-related insurance claim.
A mold professional who has been specially trained in the detection of toxic mold
contamination in homes, condos, apartments, offices, & commercial buildings. The mold
expert inspector utilizes high-tech inspection devices such as moisture meter [to find
water problems hidden inside walls, ceilings, and floors], fiber optics [to look inside
walls & ceilings for mold infestation], timed mold culture plate impactor, air sampling
pump & cassettes, & hygrometer [to check for the high humidity that mold can grow in].
Advanced, in depth mold inspection and mold tests to find all mold infestation inside a
building. See Certified Toxic Mold Investigator.
Mold Lawyer/Mold Attorney:
An environmental attorney or environmental lawyer who specializes in prosecuting or
defending mold-related legal problems & lawsuits.
Mold prevention requires effective building mold maintenance to prevent roof leaks, water
leaks, water problems, and toxic mold growth.
The safe & complete killing & removal of mold spores & mold colony growth from mold
contaminated homes and other buildings. Effective mold remediation usually requires the
removal of mold-damaged building materials and the use of a fungicide to kill mold and an
antimicrobial coating to prevent future mold growth & danger. Usually done by a
Certified Mold Remediator or
Certified Mold Contractor.
Mold Remediator: A
mold professional who has been specially trained as a mold remediation specialist for
toxic mold detection, inspection, testing, sampling, prevention, remediation, and
Mold Report: A written
presentation from a
Certified Mold Inspector
to his client of
his physical building inspection findings & mold sampling mold lab results, detailed
analysis thereof, and recommendations for specific mold remediation & removal steps that
are required to remove any mold problem documented in the report.
A small reproductive cell that is resistant to unfavorable environmental conditions such
as no water, & is capable of mold reproduction fungal growth when water & organic
materials to eat exist.
Collection by a
Mold Inspector of direct physical samples of visible mold and of indoor air samples
in rooms, attic, crawl space, basement, & heating & air conditioning equipment & ducts,
so that the mold samplings can be grown by a mold lab in mold culture plates [viable mold
testing] to produce full-grown mold colonies for mold analysis & identification by the
Mold Test Kit:
Do-it-yourself sampling of room & HVAC air, & physical sampling of visible mold growth
into easy-to-use mold culture plates for lab identification.
Education: Mold instruction and certification at a professional
toxic mold school, class, seminar, or course on mold inspection, testing, remediation,
removal, prevention, & mold business practices.
Sick Building Syndrome: An
environmentally unhealthy house or other building containing mold infestation, biological
contamination, or lead paint, asbestos, radon, etc., resulting in serious health problems
for its occupants.
Toxic Black Mold:
A fungus that emits chemical mycotoxin poisons that become airborne & cause serious human
health diseases. Toxic mold & black mold are also slang terms for brain-damaging
Stachybotrys toxic mold [misspelled as Stachybotris].
Viable Mold Test:
Immediate microscopic examination of the
collected substance to determine: (1) whether it is mold or not; (2) if mold, how many
mold spores are present in sample; & (3) where possible, to identify the few mold species
that can be visually identified without the highly accurate viable
mold lab analysis done after 5-7 days' mold culture plate growth.