Here’s the Process:
Welcome to the mold spore tour!
Where we will dive in to the steps that should be taken while remediating your home!
Step 1: INSPECTION
A visual inspection is the initial step in identifying possible contamination problems.
Step 2: TESTING
Tape/Swab/Air Sampling is done by a licensed mold assessor to identify the specific mold types.
Step 3: CONTAINMENT
Containment is a practice of separating or sealing the affected area to keep mold from growing in previously uncontaminated areas.
Step 4: REMOVAL, CLEAN UP & SAFETY
We use “Cal-Brite”; a USDA approved non-toxic, and environmentally safe odorless cleaning product; proven effective for over 25 years. We follow all current and evolving mold remediation standards with proper safety precautions and equipment.
Step 5: PREVENTION
Things you should expect Remediating your home!
Preparing for your
Your service provider will discuss the necessary engineering controls that will be implemented. These include:
- the process of setting up a containment zone and sealing openings in the room(s).
- air cleaners in the room(s)
a. The use of negative air systems (process of keeping non- contaminated air flowing into the remediation zone while the contaminated air is exiting the zone) will be discussed.
- HEPA vacuuming, and the process of setting up a containment zone and sealing openings in the room(s)
Your project manager will review any of the following items that are part of your project to help you understand what is being done in performing a quality remediation for you.
- Management of mold remediation project.
- The criteria that will be used to determine a successful conclusion to a mold
- remediation project.
- Engineer controls/containment methods that will be employed on the site.
- The cleaning methods used to effectively clean up the mold
- A list of materials that will be removed/discarded/cleaned
- The purpose of the project equipment and how this will help ensure a
- successful remediation.
Things you should expect while testing/inspecting your home for mold!
Your licensed mold assessor will take mold samples and may include viable/non- viable samples, air testing, surface testing to determine the type of mold. In addition, an outdoor air sample will be taken to act as a baseline reading. Your mold assessor will also assess the structure for the following.
- Amount of visible mold growth
- Hidden mold areas
- Mold in HVAC system
- Spore count and species of mold
The sample results will be reviewed with you, the client. Different strains (families) of mold often have buried health symptoms and cause different health problems so it’s important to understand what type(s) of mold are present in the structure. The amount of mold present can cause health problems, and migrate to other areas of the structure.
In addition, post remediation mold samples will be taken, and compared with the outdoor air samples; to determine the efficiency of the remediation. Results will show that indoor mold levels have been reduced to outdoor air levels or less.
Assessment of personal belongings!
Once mold sampling has been completed the need for a particular protocol can be written up. The mold assessor will take inventory of any potential safety hazards.
Some items may be salvageable but others may need to be discarded. The remediation plan would include a discussion of what items can be salvaged.
Hiring a Licensed Mold Assessor:
Most states don’t require you hire a licensed Mold Assessor. However, New York State passed a law on January 2016 that requires you to hire a licensed mold assessor if performing mold remediations that exceed more than 10 square feet.
Why do I need a Mold assessor?
Think of it like this….
The mold assessor YOU HIRE is the person you’ve elected as the spokesmen to over see Your Mold Abatement project. His job is to ensure that the Mold Remediation company performs the project correctly while following EPA guidelines.
*Word of advice: Hire a mold assessor who isn’t affiliated with the remediation company”