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Red Flags and Mold Inspections

When performing Mold and Indoor Air Quality investigations we look for one or more “Red Flags” through our process. We often find several. Often times property owners may see some of the factors but don’t connect the dots that show interrelated factors.

We start each investigation by asking a series of questions relative to the general condition of the environment and health questions to understand potential impact on their lives.

In the course of the Questions and Answers we mentally make a list of things that may by generally or directly related to indoor environmental contamination. These factors began to form the “Red Flags” or pieces of the puzzle that will help us understand more of what we see during our physical inspection of the building and its component’s.

Its a bit of detective work. After we complete our inspection we put the pieces together to give our client clarity on how to understand the health and building concerns and have a game plan for correcting issues.


  • If you feel better and symptoms subside when you are away from home or work you may have a
  • Is there a musty smell when you enter the building?
  • Do you notice that your clothing smells musty?
  • Does anyone in the office of family have recurrent respiratory symptoms? Remember that not everyone reacts the same way to mold exposure.
  • Does anyone a constant cough or flu like symptoms?
  • Are pets frequently ill or listless? Pets typically show symptoms of mold exposure before their humans.

Action Steps:

  1. Have the home or office space professionally inspected by a company like Volunteer Mold and Indoor Air Quality. Many times the critical visual inspection and indoor air quality testing with lab analysis results will pull the RED FLAGS together and lead directly to a simple correction known as Mold Removal or Remediation.
  2. When there is a leak of  any kind, remove the wet material within 12 hours. Large leaks or flooding may required professionals to remove things like cabinets, carpeting or lower sections of walls to allow for proper dry outs of all areas.
  3. Check your Home Owners (HO) Policy for mold exclusions. Many policies will only cover a sudden leak or flooding if it is immediately reported to the insurance company.
  4. Discovery of mold and mold removal is not a Do It Yourself (DIY) job. Many people get sick or deathly ill when tying to treat or remove mold and lack professional equipment and training. Hire a professional with the training, certifications and equipment to do the job quickly and right the first time.
  5. Be sure the mold remediation company provides you with a written protocol of exactly what they intend to do and follow it.
  6. Always have the indoor environment professioanlly tested and samples analyzed by an independent lab. Insist on a lab report to verify that the mold removal and the indoor air quality is safe before paying the remediator.

Volunteer Mold and Indoor Air Quality provides professional consultations, inspections, lab analysis and solutions to a host of indoors environmental concerns. Initial phone consultations are free. Contact Us at 865 385-0170.

Bob at Volunteer Inspections visits the mold lab and enjoys a selfie with weird piece of equipment.

Bob Byrne visits Assured Bio Labs in Oakridge, TN and gets a photo with a piece of their mold equipment.



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