Questions to Ask About Mold, Part V

News & Information > Questions to Ask About Mold, Part V
1/24/2017

In Parts I-IV of this series, we addressed: “How do I know if I have mold in my home?”“Is an assessment necessary?”“What are the steps to cleaning up?” and “How to choose a contractor”. In this final part of the series, we address “Obtaining a Post Remediation Assessment to confirm work has been completed”.

The contractor took care of the mold. Am I done now?

Definitely. Maybe ... If the assessor and the remediation contractor completed each of their jobs, everything should be completed.

Depending on the project, you may want to have some clearance testing done. This is part of the post remediation assessment that NYS requires for mold projects. NYS doesn’t require the testing, just the inspection. However, there are instances when testing should be done.  For example, here are a few scenarios:

·        Whenever the source of contamination was in abasement or living level of the home;

·        Whenever there is any concern the remediation may have been incomplete;

·        Whenever there is question if the underlying moisture source was found and repaired;

·        Whenever the project is classified as Level 3 or above (greater than 30-square feet).

As you can see, that pretty much rules in everything but the attic and garage.

Your assessor should advise you on the post remediation verification procedure and give you an accurate cost for completion. (Most assessors roll the post remediation assessment into a single one-time payment along with the original assessment work). Best practice: get the assessor’s full quote in writing so you don’t receive another bill once all work is completed.

The post remediation assessment is a written document that verifies you are back to what is termed a Category 1 Condition.This is normal fungal ecology for your indoor environment. It’s up to you to stay at a Category 1 Condition. Accomplish this by maintaining the property,fix leaks quickly, keep the humidity levels inside the house at 50% RH or less,and keep the attic and other levels well-ventilated.

If you have any questions or specific concerns, Cleantec is always available to help answer and discuss what may be happening in your home. Contact us anytime at (315) 463-5353.

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