Welcome to the Florida Certified Mold Inspector
Directory. Our goal is to meet the growing demand for
qualified and reputable indoor air quality professionals
in Florida who specialize in mold inspections and mold
testing of residential and commercial properties.
The Inspectors listed on this site have met all of
the requirements to become Florida
Associates and are certified to
conduct mold inspections and mold testing in compliance
IESO industry standards.
APPROVED MOLD INSPECTORS
Advanced Building Consultants
Clinton J. Ford, MS, CMR, CRMI, CIE, ACA
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Northern Florida Panhandle
G & W Inspection Services
PH: 850-271-0643 Cell: 850-832-0510
Toll Free Fax: 866-241-5216
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Indoor Air Quality Corporation
Harvey Gordon, Certified/Accredited Hygienist
Standards and Requirements for becoming a
Certified Mold Inspector in the State of Florida:
- Must be trained and certified by a nationally
recognized independent IAQ
- Must fulfill all continued education
prerequisites required to maintain their annual certifications.
- Must operate in strict compliance with
and guidelines for the investigation and assessment of indoor mold
contamination and mold sampling protocols.
- Must utilize only authorized
laboratories for sample analysis
- Must offer analytical data reviewed by a
Rental for Mold and Mildew
People afflicted with allergies are at risk for a
number of illnesses.
ST. PETERSBURG FLORIDA - Jodie Baker, 25, struggles to
tend for her ill son while her other two sick children
beg for attention at her feet.
"They have had some kind of ongoing stomach virus that
has come and gone for the past three months, vomiting
and fevers," she said.
Baker said her children started getting sick about two
weeks after she moved into her new Midtown apartment.
"All three of my children are asthmatic," Baker said.
"I've had them out of day care for three weeks."
While their ailments might not be directly attributable
to possible unhealthful conditions in the apartment,
Florida renters should be aware of possible health
hazards that can come with new leases, said Jeannine
Mallory, spokeswoman for the Pinellas County Health
Renters should be extra cautious before signing a lease
because they do not benefit from home inspections like
potential homeowners do.
"Mold and dust and mildew are really big allergy and
asthma triggers," Mallory said. "You can inspect the
property before you move in."
The Pinellas County Health Department recommends
checking a property thoroughly before moving in for
broken gutters and cracks or holes in the walls. Look at
areas where mold could grow.
While inside the dwelling, do a "sniff test." If you
detect a "dirty socks" smell or musty odor, this might
be a sign of mold. If the air handler is inside the
house or apartment, look at the cooling coils, which are
just behind the filter. The coils look something like a
car radiator with fins. If there is material between the
fins, it could be mold.
The Health Department also suggests looking at the
ceilings and walls in bathrooms and utility closets for
any recent patches.
This could be an indication of a leak. Look for stains
in ceilings and walls. Check for tight-fitting windows
and doors. Also, inspect for cracked tile grout around
showers and tubs. If there are cracks, water can leak
inside the wall and cause mold growth.
Mold is not the only concern.
Renters looking to lease a home built before 1978 should
ask if there is any lead paint remaining, said Nena
Gang, executive vice president of the Bay Area Apartment
Landlords who own these older Florida properties are
required by law to give the client a form detailing the
status of lead paint.
Renters often find they need to rent apartments quickly.
But taking the time to check for signs of trouble before
moving in could greatly reduce future problems.
Baker said she wished she had known that months ago.
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