Mold is a serious issue. If you have mold in your home, it can cause health problems for you and your family. It can also cause damage to the building materials and possessions in your home. It’s important to take action as soon as possible to remove the mold and prevent further damage. In New York, there are laws in place to protect homeowners from unscrupulous mold contractors. This article will give you an overview of the New York State Mold Laws, including the necessary steps for properly removing mold from your home.
Initial Mold Inspection
Mold can be found in many places, including on walls, ceilings, floors, and in HVAC systems. If you see mold or suspect that you have mold, it’s important to take action immediately. If the area is larger than 10 square feet, it’s best to leave the cleanup job to a professional. However, you can’t just call a mold remediation company and have the mold removed.
In New York State, you must first get a mold assessment from a licensed mold inspector. The mold inspector will conduct a visual inspection of your home for mold and also take samples. The samples will be sent off to a lab and analyzed for mold species and spore count.
Once the mold samples have been processed, the mold inspector will write up a mold assessment report that will define the work that needs to be performed to remediate the mold. This includes the area, time frames, price estimates, and recommendations on how to cleanup the mold.
Mold Remediation Company
The NYS Mold Law doesn’t permit a company to hold a dual license for inspection and remediation. After the mold inspection company creates your mold assessment report, you’ll need to send this report to a separate company, a licensed mold remediator. Based on the mold assessment, they will give you an estimate. The mold remediation company will then follow the work plan create by the mold assessor and remove the mold.
Mold Remediation Process
Although every mold issue is unique, the mold remediation process usually involves the following process:
1. Containing the mold: This is done by sealing off the area with negative air pressure to prevent the spread of mold spores.
2. Removing the mold: Mold is removed using various techniques, including HEPA vacuuming, wet wiping, and dry ice blasting.
3. Cleaning the area: Once the mold has been removed, the area is cleaned with a HEPA vacuum and damp wiped.
4. Drying the area: The area is then dried to prevent future mold growth.
5. Applying an antimicrobial: A EPA-registered antimicrobial is applied to kill any remaining mold spores.
6. Repairing the area: Finally, any damaged areas are repaired.
Post Remediation Assessment
After the mold remediation has been completed by the mold contractor, the mold inspector will return to confirm that the work has been properly done. In the case that the work plan was followed and the mold was effectively removed, the assessor will issue a final Clearance Certificate Report. If you’re selling your home you can provide this clearance report to the buyer.
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
While state regulations can help keep mold contractors honest, you should still do your own research for the most reputable mold inspection and mold remediation companies in your area.
Make sure that the companies that your hire are:
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!