Mold Scam : Encapsulation, And Mold Paint

Fly-by-night mold remediators sometimes use encapsulation to simply paint over mold while charging gullible clients thousands for their unscrupulous services.

Also called mold sealant or mold paint, encapsulation is the process of treating mold with a product that “glues” the mold in place so it cannot release any spores – rendering the mold powerless. This works to some extent, but encapsulation is not completely effective and should never be the sole means of remediation. Encapsulation is sometimes relied upon as a crutch and to compensate for a poor or rushed mold remediation job.

There are only a few situations where it may be appropriate to use encapsulation as part of a post remediation process. If your mold remediator is not completely confident that a moisture problem has been resolved, they may use encapsulation to waterproof materials in the area. Also, there may be small amounts of mold in places that can only be accessed with major demolition. In this case, the cost of demolition outweighs the problem of the mold which can be prevented from releasing spores through encapsulation. Finally, encapsulation may be used as way to prevent future mold from growing after a successful remediation.

Here is another tip to check if your mold remediator is trying to hide something with encapsulation. The encapsulation product should be clear or transparent so a third party can observe that no mold growth remains. But if your mold remediator wants to use a mold paint encapsulation that is colored, usually white or red, then they may be trying to cover up their mistakes.

Sometimes insurance companies that have to pay for mold remediation as part of their coverage will hire encapsulation mold remediators because they are cheap. This is how Ed McMahon’s notorious lawsuit against his insurance company began, when supposedly qualified mold remediators simply painted over the mold in his home. This shortcut led to health problems, house damages, and possibly the death of his dog Muffin.

Encapsulation is just one of the many mold remediation shortcuts and scams used in this industry to take money from those less educated about the subject. You can save yourself from these scams by staying informed and knowing what to look for in a qualified, honest, mold inspector.

White paint in attic ?



Mold Remediation is not a regulated field in Michigan. For this reason the lack of standards creates lack of professionalism and there are companies that are not qualified to do this type of work making a bad situation much much worse. These contractors generally use a primer like paint applied over the surfaces with a  sprayer. This process is commonly known as encapsulation. This process will cover up any mold, making it more difficult to see the mold when it begins to grow and spread. It will make the situation worse in the long run. Do not allow anyone to paint your attic white. Do not buy a home that has an attic that is painted white. There is a right way and a wrong way. White paint over mold is the wrong way.




Michigan Roofer: Mold Remediation ?

The results of hiring an unqualified contractor can be devastating.

Unqualified contractor can be devastating.

Here is an example:

A roofing contractor claimed to be a mold remediation contractor. He removed the roof decking and replaced it with new painting over framing (and mold) in the attic space. What you see in the photo is the result of one years time. The contractor did not bother to assess of correct the ventilation issues (cause) And painting over mold is wrong no matter what the circumstances.

Do your research: Hire a professional