I’m so sorry you’re in this situation. I just looked back at your original post and see you had clearly defined water damage and visible mold growth. Take photographs and document everything that happened. Was the leak reported at the time it happened? Was anything done? I would seek legal advice. This is a clear case of mold exposure due to water damage.
Thanks, Walking. I do have photos of the house after the flooding, and the (rather shoddy) repairs that the company had done at the time. It was documented internally, but I'm not sure how much detail was recorded.
I hadn't even considered the legal ramifications, but mold in general is something I'm just starting to learn about
I just realized this evening, however, that when I spent five months in a different house (September-January), I felt better than I had in years. I attributed it to transitioning to the keto diet, which I'm sure played a large role, but then I started feeling terrible again after returning to the old house. I couldn't figure out why, until now.
Is your company based in the US? Maybe look up mold legal services for your state. Does your company have an office that handles employee complaints that can advise you? They may try to put the burden of “proving” mold exposure on you. I would seek legal advice. If you spend the money on an ERMI, they likely won’t accept it saying it’s not approved testing, etc.
It's a foreign company but they have a strong US presence, and I was hired by the US office (Houston). Unfortunately, I think it's very unlikely that I'd be able to find a mold expert here, so I'm dependent on tests that I can conduct myself.
Most in the mold industry will not acknowledge any mold testing unless it is conducted by a “qualified” mold inspector. (Really a farce as the mold industry is unregulated and requires no standard professional certification.). That means unless you are working with a CIRS literate mold professional, they will not acknowledge results of any testing you do yourself. Furthermore, it would cost you $290 to do the ERMI yourself. If the inspector does an ERMI, they will charge around $500 for the same test.
That's absurd, but not surprising. Sadly I fear I may not have a choice, and at least with the ERMI I'll know what I'm dealing with. Would you recommend ERMI and Great Labs MycoTox? Or would one give me all the info I need?