Why Base The Mold Inspection Report on IICRC Conditional Areas?

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Staff
1 year ago

Spurgeon redefines IICRC Conditions. We quote from his paper:

“Conditional Areas as defined by IICRC in S520-2015. Conditional Areas, which typically have been applied to mold remediation plans, are defined as:

• Condition 1: Areas not affected by a water intrusion incident [no restoration];
• Condition 2: Areas affected by contaminant spores settling onto surfaces [restoration];
• Condition 3: Areas affected by a water intrusion or elevated humidity [remediation].”

Then goes on to make the case for the importance of a mold assessor to use Conditions for identifying remediation response. Whose definition of Conditions?

Here’s the actual ANSI-Approved IICRC definitions of Conditions:

  • Condition 1 = “normal fungal ecology” = an indoor environment that may have settled spores, fungal fragments or traces of actual growth whose identity, location and quantity are reflective of a normal fungal ecology for a similar indoor environment.
  • Condition 2 = “settled spores” = an indoor environment which is primarily contaminated with settled spores that were dispersed directly or indirectly from a Condition 3 area, and which may have traces of actual growth.
  • Condition 3 = “actual growth” = an indoor environment contaminated with the presence of actual mold growth and associated spores. Actual growth includes growth that is active or dormant, visible or hidden.

Staff
1 year ago

Before taking the side of IICRC against Spurgeon’s definition of Conditions, keep in mind the following disclaimer copied from page 6, IICRC S520-2015: [S520] “Does not establish procedures or criteria for assessing mold contamination in an indoor environment.” Yes, I know. Crazy because then S520 defines Assessment based on Fungal Contamination Conditions as the S520 procedure and criteria for both determining remediation response (type of containment) as well as remediation success … both by testing dust for settled spores. Not by visual methods, not by moisture detectors, and not by air sampling.