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If the remediation and removal of mold is not executed properly, the affects can be devastating. Imagine hiring a contractor who claims to be licensed and experienced, but who does not provide a complete scope of work based on industry standards. After billing your insurance carrier for thousands of dollars, the post-remediation verification (which is required by many insurance carriers) is either not done at all or not performed by a qualified third party assessor. After all the work is done you realize that the proper steps were not in place to protect you and your family and you have been exposed to a dangerous organism, and to have it done right will cost you even more money. Don’t be a victim of ignorance. Do the research. For more consumer information download our checklist to make sure you are getting the best possible service.
Identification and containment of the contamination is of utmost importance. Our process includes detailed inspection as well environmental readings to determine the extent of growth. We will erect a containment around the contaminated area which will then be put under negative pressure utilizing HEPA filtration to prevent any cross-contamination into other unaffected areas of the home. IICRC S-520 Guide for Mold remediation calls for any microbial contamination over 10SF be contained. Our containments are built with 2×4’s, 6 mil plastic, and a decontamination chamber is set-up so that our techs as well as equipment and bagged debris is all sealed and cleaned before leaving the containment. Its things like this that separate our process from that of others. The Clean Trust formerly the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and restoration Certification (IICRC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have established nationally recognized standards and guidelines for the removal of mold. These guidelines are closely followed when building our scope of work and performing the remediation.
Many people make the assumption that killing mold is sufficient. In an effort to save money, homeowners may bleach affected areas or attempt to clean it with other solutions, paint over it or in some other way cover the contamination. Since dead mold is still allergenic and come back to life at any time if a moisture source is present, killing the mold is not enough. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that for a mold remediation to be successful, the mold contamination must be removed. These band-aids or quick fixes will often times cause the problem to get worse rather than better. Additionally, the improper handling of mold growth can cause cross-contamination as well as endangering those working around it.
Our company policy, as well as the laws in the State of Florida requires that the assessment of mold be separate and unbiased from the remediation. That is why we will many times recommend hiring a third party licensed assessor to sample the indoor air quality and any visible suspect microbial growth. This will help to build an accurate and complete scope of work. Since mold is a living organism and can grow under many circumstances, each remediation and scope or protocol is a little different. Performing sampling helps to insure that the best scope is built. For more information, click on our air quality page.
Use the links below to find more information from nationally recognized organizations as well as federal guidelines.
- American Council for Accreddited Certification
- Indoor Air Quality Association
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
- Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration