Mold, Fungus, & Fungi Terms,
Meaning, & Definitions
A fungus or fungi that eats and grows on and in damp or high moisture or
decaying organic matter. Also spelled
in most nations other than U.S.A. and Philippines.
TOXIC BLACK MOLD:
A fungus or fungi that emits chemical mycotoxin poisons that become airborne
& cause serious human health diseases.
Toxic black mold is
Stachybotrys toxic mold [often misspelled Stachybotris].
parasitic plant lacking chlorophyll, a rigid cell wall,
leaves, true stems & roots. Multicellular. Composed of thread- like
hyphae. Reproduces by spores.
A small reproductive fungal 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
Fungi usually are filamentous, with the single filaments being
termed hyphae. Fungal hyphae grow and branch to make a filament
DORMANT MOLD: Mold or fungus [fungi] that is inactive and awaiting future moisture and food to begin
mold fungal reproduction and growth.
The thorough physical examination of a building by a
CERTIFIED MOLD INSPECTOR
to find & locate visual & hidden mold and fungal growth & water
problems that enable mold and fungus spores to grow into mold colony
infestations. Includes mold testing & mold laboratory analysis of
collected mold samples and samplings. Certified mold
inspection and mold tests are often necessary to file a mold
Advanced, in depth mold inspection and mold tests to find all mold
infestation inside a building.
CERTIFIED TOXIC MOLD INVESTIGATOR:
a mold professional who has been trained and certified by the
Certified Mold Inspectors & Contractors Institute.
Collection by a
CERTIFIED MOLD INSPECTOR
of direct physical samples of visible mold, mold, fungi, 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 laboratory
identification by the mold laboratory.
Do-it-yourself sampling of room & HVAC air, & physical
sampling of visible mold fungal growth into easy-to-use
plates for mold lab identification.
A mold professional who has been specially trained in the detection
of toxic mold and fungal contamination in homes, condos, apartments,
offices, & commercial buildings. The mold fungus 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 level humidity that
mold can grow in].
CERTIFIED MOLD INSPECTOR:
inspector who has been trained and certified by
College and the Professional Certification Institute.
MOLD ANALYSIS LABORATORY:
A scientific mold laboratory or microbiology
laboratory that specializes in, or provides, the analysis,
identification, and quantification of mold and fungus [fungi] species from mold
and fungus samples
VIABLE MOLD TEST:
Immediate microscopic analysis of the
collected substance to determine: (1) whether it is mold fungus or not; (2)
if mold, how many mold and fungus [fungi] spores are present in sample;
possible, to identify the few mold and fungi species that can be visually
identified without the highly accurate viable mold lab
analysis done after 5-7 days' mold culture plate growth..
CHAIN OF CUSTODY:
A mold laboratory form which is completed by the CERTIFIED
who collects the mold and fungus 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, & their receipt by the
The safe & complete killing & removal of mold and fungus spores & mold
growth from mold contaminated homes and other buildings.
Effective mold and fungus remediation usually requires the removal of
mold-damaged building materials and the use of a fungicide to kill
mold and fungi and an antimicrobial coating to prevent future mold growth &
REMOVAL is done by a
CERTIFIED MOLD REMEDIATOR or
CERTIFIED MOLD CONTRACTOR.
MOLD REMEDIATOR: A
mold fungus professional who has been specially trained as a mold
remediation specialist for toxic mold and fungi detection, mold
decontamination, mold fungi inspection, mold and fungal testing, mold
and fungi sampling, mold
prevention, mold and fungus remediation, mold and fungus removal.
CERTIFIED MOLD REMEDIATOR.
mold remediation professional who has been trained and certified
Ecology College and the Professional Certification Institute.
An effective, safe, and quick indoor mold and fungus killer and mold
fungi disinfectant registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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.
In addition, there should be at least one or two wet sprayings of
the wood protectant Tim-bor [also EPA-registered as a fungicide].
Mold instruction, education, & certification at a professional toxic
mold school, mold class, mold seminar, or mold course for mold
inspection, mold testing, mold fungus remediation, mold fungi removal, mold
prevention, and mold business practices.
A written presentation from a
CERTIFIED MOLD INSPECTOR
to his client of his physical building inspection findings &
mold and fungus sampling mold lab results, detailed analysis
thereof, and recommendations for specific mold fungi remediation &
fungus removal steps required to remove any mold problem documented
in the mold report.
Mold and fungus prevention requires effective and regular building mold
maintenance to prevent roof leaks, water leaks, water problems,
mold-causing high humidity, and toxic mold fungal growth.
MOLD DETOXIFICATION: Safe, effective & total removal of mold
and fungus spores & mold growth from
buildings & personal possessions.
An environmental attorney, environmental lawyer, or mold attorney
who specializes in prosecuting or defending mold-related legal
problems and lawsuits.
MOLD ALLERGY: Human allergic reaction [such as skin rashes, open sores, and
respiratory problems] from exposure to airborne mold and fungus spores & indoor
ALLERGEN: Any substance, such as pollen, mold or
animal dander, that can trigger allergic response in humans and
SICK BUILDING SYNDROME:
an environmentally unhealthy house or
other building containing mold fungal infestation, biological
contamination, or lead paint, asbestos, radon, etc., resulting in
serious health problems for its occupants.
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