Questions to Ask About Mold, Part II

News & Information > Questions to Ask About Mold, Part II
11/21/2016
In Part I of this series, we addressed the question “How do I know if I have mold in my home?” 

“I already know I have mold in my house. Can we skip the assessment and get right to work getting rid of it?”

Here at Cleantec, we get this question frequently. Unless the client does the work themselves (this is possible, but there are restrictions), the answer is no. An assessment is necessary in New York State. This news can be discouraging for the client. However, the assessment provides several benefits (in addition to being required by NYS).

First, let’s define the assessment. By law, the assessment must contain the following information:
  • The area(s) and size of the structure affected;
  • The method being used to clean or remove the contamination including worker and occupant protections, notifications and containment of work areas to prevent the spread of mold;
  • Possible sources providing moisture to nurture the growth;
  • The estimated cost of the remediation;
  • The criteria to determine if the remediation is successful; and
  • A post remediation assessment to determine if the remediation was successful.

A third-party conducts this investigation. By law, this individual cannot remediate the property or have any financial interest or gain in that project. Usually an assessor works for a flat fee. This person also acts as a third party overseeing the project. This is to ensure the contractor’s work is up to NYS’ definition of “minimum work standards” throughout the project. Simply put, an assessor or contractor cannot perform both functions on the same project.

The best analogy is the relationship between the architect and builder. Both parties bring valuable but separate skills to the creation of a building. Without both performing their work, the building would never be built. But they must work together to achieve the final objectives for the client. It stands to reason that the best assessors are individuals with the education and experience in both skills needed in the project. Likewise, the best contractors are those who are also trained to perform assessments.

So, you have contracted with an environmental company to investigate the size, source and solution to your mold problem. They have done the testing and generated a report with a plan. The next step is having a contractor come in and clean it up.

The report answered that first question: do I have a dangerous amount of mold growing in my home? You are told the answer is yes. What is the next step? Find a contractor to remove the mold from your home.

Mold Questions Answered, Part III
: Who can clean this up for me?

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