|Jeff Mlekush, Vice President
You slowly wend your way through the dark corridors of the castle. Making your way through the eerie stone-walled interiors covered with decades old depicting bloody battle scenes, mythological creatures and the family’s somewhat disturbing history. It was easy gaining entry to the castle, the guards were no match for your superior intellect – they simply stepped aside in awe of your large cranium.
Finding your way into the bowels of the abode proved to be of no consequence – you simply followed your nose.
You enter the damp, dark, dingy dungeon. You nearly wretch from the smell of pungent, sickly, musty air. In the torchlight you see the splotchy, dark leprosy you’ve been seeking. The black toxic leprosy covers the walls and floors.
“Oh,” you say to yourself, “look at all that mold. No lab tests needed here. Let me go forth to the lord of the manor and recommend an exorcism of this deadly menace.”
Exit stage-right. Fade to black. Play the scary music. Cut. Whatever….
Okay, now that I have your attention. I know you don’t really think like this when you’re doing a mold inspection in someone’s building but I think the point needs to be made that even though you can see mold growing, and you don’t think samples are necessary to prove mold is there. You could be wrong.
Most of the time, you should collect samples and document what you are seeing on-site. Here’s why:
LAWYERS and INSURANCE CLAIMS!
Remember, if it’s not written down – it didn’t happen. Document! Document!! Document!!! Prove your case. Even in those instances where you think it is so obvious you don’t need to.
If you ever have to justify to someone why you made the decision you made – it’s better to have some objective evidence rather than none at all. If you don’t have the lab report and photographic evidence for the site, it becomes your word against theirs.
So, make your case a slam dunk, not a last second Hail Mary – Collect those tape lifts, collect those spore traps, take those pictures.