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Code of Ethics

The following rules of conduct and ethics help maintain integrity and objectivity within the mold inspection profession.

I.  PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

  1. The mold inspector will always act in good faith towards the client.
  2. The mold report will be treated as confidential material and will not be disclosed to any other party without client approval.
  3. The mold inspector will not express an opinion unless it is based on fact, education, or experience.
  4. The mold inspector will not accept compensation from more than one interested party for the same
service without the consent of all interested parties.
  5. The mold inspector will not deliver any compensation or allowances to other parties involved with the real
estate transaction for the referral of business.
  6. The mold inspector will maintain truth in advertising, marketing, and promotion of services or qualifications.
  7. The mold inspector will not advise a client whether or not a property should be purchased or sold based
upon the results of the mold inspection.
  8. Members will commit to ongoing professional development and education as the mold inspection industry
continues to evolve.
  9. The mold inspector will not knowingly use a mold inspection to solicit business or repair work in another field.
  10. In any instance where the NAMRI Code of Ethics and the law conflict, the obligations of the law must take precedence.

II. THE INSPECTION & REPORT

  1. The mold inspector will perform a mold inspection that is substantially in compliance with the National Association of Mold Inspectors and Remediators Standards of Practice.
  2. The mold inspector will enter into a written agreement with the client prior to the mold inspection that discloses the inspection fees, any separate fees for laboratory testing, scope and limitations.
  3. The inspector will submit a written report to the client within 48 hours that

  • reports suspected microbial growth on observed components
  • reports water damage on observed components
  • reports conditions on observed components conducive to mold growth
  • explains why any uninspected components within the scope of the mold inspection were not inspected.

  • The mold inspector will not provide additional inspection services or exclude items from the inspection that fall within the Standards of Practice without a written agreement with the client.

III. DISCLOSURE OF A CONFLICT OF INTEREST

  1. The mold inspector agrees to promptly disclose in writing to the client any personal interests that may affect the client.
  2. The mold inspector will not allow any interest to affect the quality of the results of a mold inspection.
  3. The mold inspector will provide any additional services to the client only after securing the written consent 
of the client in a separate document that includes a written statement of the services intended and how such services may conflict with the mold inspection services provided.

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Standards of Practice for Mold Inspections

INTRODUCTION

The purpose of the NAMRI Standards of Practice is to establish a minimum and uniform standard for performing a mold inspection of a single-family to a four-family dwelling. The Standards set minimum requirements for describing and reporting conditions observed that could contribute to microbial growth. The Standards define and clarify terms, procedures, scope, conditions, and limitations as they relate to an NAMRI Inspection and Report.

TERMS

Client: A person who engages the services of a mold inspector for a mold inspection assignment.

Component: A part of a system.

Describe: To report a system or component by its type or other observed, significant characteristics to distinguish it from other systems or components.

Mold Inspection Report: A written evaluation prepared and issued by a residential mold inspector upon completion of a mold inspection that meets the standards of practice as established by NAMRI.

Inspect: To visually examine readily accessible systems and components of a building in accordance with these Standards of Practice, using normal operating controls and opening readily accessible access panels.

Mold Inspection Agreement: An agreement signed by the client prior to the start of the mold inspection that contains, at a minimum, the full name and address of the client, the address of the home to be inspected, the date and time of the mold inspection, the price of the mold inspection, and the scope and limitations of the inspection.

Readily Accessible: Available for visual inspection without requiring moving of personal property, dismantling, destructive measures, or any action which will likely involve risk to persons or property.

Structural Component: A component that supports non-variable forces or weights (dead loads) and variable forces or weights (live loads).

System: A combination of interacting or interdependent components, assembled to carry out one or more functions.

Unsafe: A condition in a system or component that poses a significant risk of personal injury or property damage during normal, day-to-day use.

PURPOSE

The purpose of a mold inspection is to detect the presence of suspected mold growth in the inspected areas of the subject property. The mold inspection Report communicates the information to the client through a written summary that describes the suspected microbial growth along with property conditions that could contribute to microbial growth. Additionally, the report may include the results of laboratory testing on suspected mold samples taken from the structure during the inspection.

SCOPE

The scope of the inspection is a visual observation of the readily accessible areas of the building, components, and systems that is limited to the readily accessible and visible areas and the systems identified as follows: Grounds, Exterior, Structure, Plumbing, Interior, HVAC, and Sampling protocols.

LIMITATIONS

The mold inspection is limited to the readily accessible and visible systems and components of the home. The inspector will not dismantle and/or move equipment, systems, furniture, appliances, floor coverings, finished or fastened surfaces or components, personal property or other items to conduct this inspection

or otherwise to expose concealed or inaccessible conditions. The inspection will not include destructive testing of any kind. Certain structural areas are considered inaccessible and impractical to inspect including but not limited to: the interiors of walls and inaccessible areas below; areas beneath wood floors or over concrete; and areas concealed by floor coverings. The following conditions are NOT within the scope of this Limited Mold inspection:

  • Areas to which there is no access without defacing or tearing out lumber, masonry, roofing or finished workmanship.
  • Surfaces concealed by floor and wall coverings or furniture.
  • Portions of the attic concealed or made inaccessible by insulation, belongings, equipment or 
ducting.
  • Portions of the attic, roof cavity, or under floor crawl space areas concealed or made inaccessible 
due to construction.
  • Portions of the sub area concealed or made inaccessible by ducting or insulation.
  • Enclosed bay windows and enclosed boxed eaves.
  • Portions of the interior made inaccessible by furnishings.
  • Areas where locks prevented access.
  • Areas concealed by heavy vegetation. 


WARRANTIES AND GUARANTEES

The written mold inspection report is not intended to be used as a guarantee or warranty, expressed or implied, that the items inspected are mold-free, or that concealed conditions conducive to mold do not or will not exist. Problems may exist even though signs of such may not be present during the inspection. 
The Standards provide minimum guidelines for the Inspector, and outline what the Inspector should inspect, identify, and report on. The guidelines provide the minimum contents of a written mold report and are not intended to limit the Inspector from performing additional inspection services.

INSPECTOR QUALIFICATIONS

NAMRI members have demonstrated extensive knowledge of mold inspection by acquiring accredited mold inspector education and by passing the NAMRI Exam, which is a national exam sponsored by NAMRI. Members are required to obtain approved continuing education to maintain their membership.


STANDARDS OF PRACTICE

The following Standards provide guidelines for the NAMRI Inspector and outline what the Inspector should inspect, identify, and report on. The guidelines provide the minimum contents of a written report and are not intended to limit the Inspector from performing additional inspection services, or from excluding systems or components by mutual agreement with the client.

I. GROUNDS

The inspector will:

  1. Inspect the grading, surface drainage, landscaping, and water features on the property where any of these could likely contribute to water damage or microbial growth on the inspected structure
  2. Report the presence of suspected microbial growth or water damage directly related to these components.
  3. LIMITATIONS - The Inspector is not required to:
  • Inspect any underground drainage systems, any detached structures, or any other components that do not directly impact the main structure.
  • Inspect areas not visible or readily accessible.

II. EXTERIOR

The inspector will:

  1. Inspect the exterior wall covering and trim, exterior doors and windows, attached decks, steps, porches, patios, window wells, eaves and soffits, gutters and downspouts, and chimney where any of these could likely contribute to water damage or microbial growth on the inspected structure.
  2. Report the presence of suspected microbial growth or water damage directly observed.
  3. LIMITATIONS - The Inspector is not required to:
  • Inspect components not accessible from the ground level.
  • Report on the adequacy or functionality of any component.
  • Use any invasive tests other than visual observation.

III. STRUCTURE

The inspector will:

  1. Inspect the foundation, roof covering, attic, basement, crawlspace, and garage or carport where any of these could likely contribute to water damage or microbial growth on the inspected structure.
  2. Describe the methods used to inspect the roof covering and attic.
  3. Report the presence of suspected microbial growth or water damage directly observed.
  4. LIMITATIONS - The Inspector is not required to:
  • Determine the adequacy of any structural system or component.
  • Evaluate buildings detached from the main inspected structure.
  • Walk on the roof or perform any tasks that could be dangerous.
  • Determine that any component is defect free.
  • Determine or estimate the remaining life of any component.
  • Enter crawl spaces with headroom less than two feet.
  • Enter attic spaces where the headroom is less than 3 feet.
  • Enter any spaces where hazardous conditions exist.
  • Evaluate ventilation adequacy by any means other than visually.
  • Evaluate the insulation by any means other than visually.
  • Operate sump pumps.

IV. PLUMBING

The inspector will:

  1. Inspect the sinks, drains, showers, tubs, toilets, water main, supply pipes, waste pipes, and water heater where any of these could likely contribute to water damage or microbial growth on the inspected structure.
  2. Report the presence of suspected microbial growth or water damage directly observed.
  3. LIMITATIONS - The Inspector is not required to:
  • Operate components that have been shutdown or winterized.
  • Operate or test any main shut-off valves.
  • Fill any component with water.

V. INTERIOR

The inspector will:

  1. Inspect kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, laundry, closets, and other interior spaces along with their associated windows, walls, ceilings, and floors where any of these could likely contribute to water damage or microbial growth on the inspected structure.
  2. Report the presence of suspected microbial growth or water damage directly observed.
  3. LIMITATIONS - The Inspector is not required to:

  • Move furniture or owner possessions.
  • Identify defects unrelated to microbial growth or water damage.
  • Examine interior surfaces concealed by any type of covering.
VI. HVAC

The inspector will:

  1. Inspect the filter, return air box, condensate drain and pump lines, humidifier, ducts and vents where any of these could likely contribute to water damage or microbial growth on the inspected structure.
  2. Report the presence of suspected microbial growth or water damage directly observed.
  3. LIMITATIONS - The Inspector is not required to:
  • Certify proper operation of any HVAC system.
  • Activate equipment that has been "shut-down" or will not respond to thermostat controls.
  • Use tools to disassemble system components.
  • Perform tests other than can be determined visually.
  • Report on the efficiency or adequacy of the system or distribution method. 


VII. SAMPLING

The inspector will:

  1. Collect surface samples and air samples for lab submission when authorized by the client for an agreed-upon fee, and when conditions of microbial growth exist that allow for the sample to be collected.

AIR SAMPLING - Indoor air samples will be collected near the HVAC return duct by default unless there is reason to test visible mold elsewhere.

The inspector will:

  1. When an indoor air sample is taken, the inspector will take an outdoor air sample as a baseline.
  2. Document any environmental conditions that could impact the sampling.
  3. When clearance testing is performed after mold remediation, the inspector will collect a 
minimum of two air samples from each contained space.
  4. The inspector will use an appropriate air pump and collection cassette.
  5. Collect surface samples only from areas of suspected microbial growth.
  6. Complete Chain-of-Custody documents that include complete information along with 
sample numbers.
  7. Take measures to prevent contamination, and promptly send the sample to a lab 
accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).
  8. Provide the client with a copy of the original lab report.
  9. LIMITATIONS - The Inspector is not required to:
  • Collect samples unless contracted with the client.
  • Perform any intrusive or destructive examination, test or analysis.
  • Sample every suspected area of microbial growth unless contracted with the client.
  • Instruct the client how to perform remediation.
  • Determine costs or procedures for remediation.
  • Provide safety determinations based on any findings.