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Renee has expertise in various types of mold, common exposures to mold, moisture control, typical causes of mold in homes and businesses, mold prevention and control, and questions to ask when hiring a mold professional.

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Renee is an industrial hygienist and safety engineer with 28 years of experience, including 14 years as an engineering consultant with Travelers Insurance. She founded Air Matters Mold Testing in 2002 and specializes in the confirmation and identification of airborne and surface mold, in both homes and businesses.


Renee is a long-standing member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the Indoor Air Quality Association. She is a previous member of the American Society for Training and Development and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and was awarded the designation of Certified Professional Ergonomist. Air Matters LLC enjoys an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau of Eastern NC.


Master of Industrial Engineering, North Carolina State University Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering, North Carolina State University

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2017-03-18 mold remediation:

Given what you describe, under NO circumstances would I feel comfortable saying in my professional opinion that the affected cabinets or walls can remain and be treated. Most cabinets - and definitely

2016-11-28 Is this mold?:

Mold does need a moisture source to grow. Is there any sort of plumbing over this ceiling that might be leaking, storm damage to your roof in this area, other moisture sources, etc.? Any visible water

2016-02-26 mold removal:

Jim,    There is no way to know for sure without sampling, but the species I usually find on furniture in cases like this are Cladosporium, Aspergillus, and Penicillium.  The combination of the high relative

2015-11-15 Uprising, Penetrating damp, Ventilation??:

Hello Robbie,    Based on my experience, the level of moisture and damage you are experiencing is more than is typically seen for "rising damp", unless there has been flooding. It is more likely that the

2015-09-26 mushroom in bathroom:

The only way to know for certain if you are dealing with a toxinegenic species is to have it tested. However, based on the situation you have described, there is a significant amount of moisture present


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