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Investigative Overview of Mold Remediation Within Buildings & Homes

 

A mold investigation procedure is aptly characterized by a cycle of information gathering through mold inspections, sampling, testing, hypothesis formation and theory, and finally the mold remediation procedure. Generally, this process starts with an agreement for services that the client reviews, signed by the client before the mold assessor starts the inspection.

 

The inspection should allow the mold remediation consultant to develop possible explanations for the mold growth along with direct solutions in regards to mold remediation.

 

Once the mold inspector has developed a hypothesis to what the main issue is, we can provide a recommendation of remediation along with mold sampling and testing to prove his claims. Mold remediation should not be done and suspected mold samples should never be analyzed without the use of a third-party qualified laboratory.

 

Mold remediation is a process that comes with limitations.

 

 

 

There are hundreds of variables such as time and conditions that are present during the initial assessment. If a mold inspection is done door in conditions that favor mold growth then the results will be skewed and inflated in favor of remediation. The opposite can happen as well. If a mold remediation specialist conducts his inspection during cold weather, dry weather, the winter or any other condition where mold growth is not favorable this could lead to data that is skewed in disfavor of mold remediation. Circumstances such as these can pose serious threats to the residence of a home. It is quite common for mold companies to walk into mold contaminated homes and clear these properties due to a lack of experience and training. As time passes by the homeowners may decide to sell the home during summer months when mold growth rapidly proceeds creating a liability for both the homeowner and company who did the investigation. As a homeowner it is smart to be aware of all the things that suggest you are working with a professional and reputable mold remediation firm.

 

Equipment for a Build Investigation prior to Mold Sampling, Testing & Remediation.

 

  • Flashlight or black light
  • measuring device
  • device that measures temperature
  • moisture meter
  • borescope or inspection mirror
  • drywall spackle
  • metal ductwork take
  • foldout ladder
  • PPE
  • inspection forms
  • infrared guns
  • mold spore counters
  • multipurpose screwdriver
  • Digital camera
  • latex gloves
  • respiration mask

Instruments such as flashlights, mold spore counters, digital cameras and all of the above listed are common with any type of reputable mold remediation company.

For more information about mold sampling, testing and removal you can check the following sites:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mold

http://www.mymoldremovalguys.com/

 

Keep in mind that a good mold company will have access to all of these tools but they will not always need to use them. A highly skilled mold remediation consultant will develop a keen sense for identifying problems without much of any equipment. And sometimes companies will employ the use of very expensive equipment that they don’t know how to use just to create the perception of credibility. One of the main things you want to distinguish is that you are not working with some flash pan mold company. It is common for general contractors to do work any mold contaminated home. When they find out that a home has mold they try to do the work themselves rather than contacting an experienced company. Contractors will go as far as contacting a popular mold remediation company and pretending to be a prospect in order to gain certain insights into the mold remediation process.

 

These fake mold remediation “experts” may do a good job impressing you with the advice that they were just given from a real mold remediation company. Then they will go on to do a shoddy job. This is why most of all you need to ask the mold assessor or company for their certifications. Make sure these companies are specialized for the treatment and remediation of mold. So many homeowners cut corners and are duped into believing what they want to believe rather than what is true. The truth is, proper mold investigation, inspections, testing and remediation can be expensive. For instance it costs $450 a day just to rent a HEPA air filtration unit. In large jobs it is mandatory that multiple units be used. There are very specific protocols that often go ignored in trigger large expenses down the road. Something as simple as the mold encapsulant can trigger serious issues. No credible mold remediation company will ever chemicals that you can get from Home Depot or Lowe’s. These corporations sell very cheap waterproof paints that claim to prevent mold growth. However, a good company knows that effective moldicides are not cheap. Industrial and commercial mold encapsulants and moldicides contained very expensive ingredients like atomized silver in a nano-based plastic polymer.

For an in depth look at proper industrial moldicides check out:

http://www.microban.com/resources/white-papers/the-use-of-incorporated-silver-based-antimicrobials-in-silicone-medical-dev

 

Mold remediation chemicals can be expensive but when the right chemicals are used for the right job you will never have to deal with cleaning or killing mold ever again. On the other hand when you rush the procedure and don’t properly qualify who you work with you wind up paying exponentially more money in the long run. The most important thing to keep in mind is that qualified mold remediation companies save the real estate economy from billions and billions of dollars of damage every year. While nonqualified companies cost the economy just as much money every year. As in any industry where money can be made there is a battle of ethics between companies that just want to make money quick and companies that are in this industry for the long haul. It is your job as a responsible homeowner to be sure you are working with nothing but the latter.