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What to look for when choosing a toxic mold inspection company

Most people are baffled and confused when it comes to selecting the best mold inspection company for their needs.  For many folks, trust and credentials are of utmost importance.  Who can you trust?  What credentials should a company have?  Here are some key things to look for:

  1. Does the mold inspection company also perform mold remediation? Ask them!  It is a conflict of interest to do so and in your best interest to seek out a company that only focuses on mold inspections, microbial sampling, and consulting.
  2. Is the company certified?  Look for certifications from the American Indoor Air Quality Council (  These are the best and most respected in the industry.
  3. Is the lab the company uses for sample analysis in compliance with the ISO 17025?  Make sure you ask.
  4. Is the company's lab used for sample analysis certified by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (  If not, choose another inspection company.
  5. Does the company carry the proper insurance?  Make sure they carry Errors and Omissions insurance (professional liability).  If they don't, find a company that does.
  6. Are they a member of the Better Business Bureau (  Make sure the company is a member with a good rating.  This can easily be found by doing a search on the Web.

It is also important to look for the little things: do they answer the phone professionally?  does a real person answer the phone or is it an answering machine?  I also recommend asking the company for professional references and samples of their reports.

Mold inspections are important for your property and your health.  I recommend doing a little research and finding a great company.  This will save you lots of money and time.

An ideal company is one like Mold Inspection Sciences in California ( or Mold Inspection Sciences in Texas (

There are great mold inspection professionals in most all major cities across the country.  Use the suggestions above and your odds of finding the right company for you and your family are significantly improved. 

Good luck!

About the author

Michael Bains

As president of Mold Inspection Sciences (MIS), Michael Bains is responsible for overseeing operations, marketing, and strategic partnerships in order to achieve the company’s mission: to provide affordable, professional mold inspection and testing services to our valued clients.

Michael founded MIS in 2002 with the vision of building a company that could fill the growing need for quality indoor mold services based on industry accepted standards. Michael is a former board member of the IAQA and is board certified by the ACAC.

He received a BS in Business Administration, with a focus in accounting, from the University of Colorado at Boulder and attended the MBA program at the University of Southern California (USC).

Michael enjoys the outdoors. He is an avid cyclist, rock climber, and hiker.

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