Mold Regulations in New York State

Mold presence can lead to health concerns and damage your home’s structure and belongings. Timely action is crucial when finding mold to prevent further growth. Long-term exposure to mold can cause allergies and other health problems. New York State has implemented laws to safeguard homeowners from dishonest mold contractors. This article provides an overview of these regulations, including essential steps for mold removal.

First Step: Mold Inspection

Mold can be present on various surfaces, such as walls, ceilings, floors, and HVAC systems. If you notice or suspect mold, immediate action is required. For areas exceeding 10 square feet, hiring a professional mold remediator is advisable. However, you cannot simply contact a mold removal company.

New York State mandates an initial mold assessment by a licensed inspector. They will visually inspect your home, collect samples, measure the indoor air quality, and send the sample to a certified laboratory analysis. The lab will identify mold species, the spore count and give you a better idea of your indoor environment.

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Upon receiving the results, the inspector will create a mold assessment report detailing necessary remediation steps, including the scope, duration, cost estimates, and suggested cleanup methods.

Second Step: Hiring a Mold Remediation Company

New York State laws prohibit companies from holding dual licenses for inspection and remediation. After receiving the mold assessment report, you must hire a separate licensed mold remediation company. They will provide an estimate based on the assessment and follow the inspector’s work plan to remove mold.

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Mold Remediation Process

While each mold situation is unique, the remediation process generally involves:

Mold containment: Sealing the affected area using negative air pressure to prevent mold spore spread.

Mold removal: Employing techniques such as HEPA vacuuming, wet wiping, and dry ice blasting. Contaminated materials will be removed and discarded. 

Cleaning: After mold removal, the area is cleaned using a HEPA vacuum and damp wiping.

Drying: Ensuring the area is dry to prevent future mold growth.

Antimicrobial application: Applying an EPA-registered antimicrobial to eliminate any remaining mold spores.

Repairing damaged areas: Finally, repairing any affected areas.

Fixing the root of the problem: The mold remediation company or an outside contractor will fix the root of the problem, which is often due to poor ventilation causing a humid environment.

Final Step: Post Remediation Assessment

Once the mold contractor has completed remediation, the inspector returns to verify that the building is mold-free. If the work plan was followed and mold was effectively removed, the assessor will issue a Clearance Certificate Report. This report can be provided to potential home buyers.

Reputable Mold Inspection Company

Abate Pro is not affiliated with Bald Eagle Inspection Services but we have have worked with and recommend them based on their expertise and experience.

Recommendations For a Hiring Mold Remediation Company

Although state regulations can help keep mold contractors honest, doing your own research for reputable mold inspection and remediation companies in your area is essential. 

Make sure that the companies that your hire are:

  1. IICRC Certified
  2. Positive Google Reviews
  3. Experienced
  4. New York State Licensed

Abate Pro serves the greater NY Capital Region including Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, Schenectady, Clifton Park, Malta, Troy, Latham, and Albany.

If you have any questions about the New York State Mold Laws, or if you need help finding a licensed mold inspector or remediation company, please contact us. We’re here to help!

New York State Mold Regulation FAQs

As a tenant in New York State, what should I do if I discover mold in my rental property?

If you find mold in your rental unit, notify your landlord or property manager immediately, preferably in writing. Provide details about the location and extent of the mold growth. The landlord is responsible for addressing the issue, including hiring licensed professionals for inspection and remediation, if necessary.

As a landlord, how can I prevent mold growth in my rental properties?

To prevent mold growth in your rental, conduct regular inspections for signs of water damage or leaks, and promptly address any issues found. Ensure proper ventilation in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry areas, and provide tenants with guidelines for maintaining appropriate humidity levels. Encourage tenants to report any mold or moisture issues immediately.

Are there any specific regulations in New York State regarding mold disclosure for tenants and landlords?

While there is no specific mold disclosure law in New York State, landlords are required to provide tenants with a safe and habitable living environment. If a landlord is aware of a mold issue in the rental property, they must disclose this information to potential tenants. Failure to disclose known mold problems may lead to legal disputes and potential liability for the landlord.

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