Mold Consultant  What They Do

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dotMold consultants are scientific professionals who diagnose air quality problems in buildings. Often, these people are trained as microbiologists and mycologists. Technicians are also employed to carry out the testing.

dotMicro-organisms called mold are everywhere. Some are perfectly safe, or even helpful. One such example is penicillin, the breakthrough antibiotic derived from mold. But other molds found in buildings can produce dangerous mycotoxins.

Molds grow on moist surfaces such as in bathrooms and on windows. They get into ventilation ducts, ceilings and drywall. These micro-organisms take many shapes. They can be furry, display black or green stains, or have orange or brown specks.

When molds appear, they send clouds of spores into the air. Mycotoxins on the spores can cause infections, allergies, asthma and other health problems.

dotSo how does a mold consultant find out if a building is contaminated? First, a visual inspection is done. Boroscopes are used to view spaces in ducts and behind walls, and moisture meters are also employed.

Bulk and surface samples are collected and looked at in mycology labs to determine the type of mold in the building. Air monitoring is also done in buildings if a mold growth is suspected but can't be found by other methods.

dotMold consultants can work for environmental companies or restoration and renovation companies. They can also work as private consultants. Mold specialists can also be employed in labs or at universities.

dotMold specialists usually work regular business hours. However, some people may wish to work on weekends as a convenience for customers.

dotMost mold consultants need to be able to travel to different building sites and use different detection technology. However, some microbiologists and mycologists can specialize in lab work, which requires fewer physical abilities.

At a Glance

Study air quality indoors

  • You can work for environmental companies or restoration and renovation companies
  • You need to be able to travel to different building sites and use different detection technology
  • Get training in microbiology and mycology