If you have ever had a mold infestation, you know just how time consuming and costly it can be to deal with. But how do you know when the job is done correctly and you no longer need to re-check for mold? The last thing any homeowner wants is another mold outbreak.
This article helps to answer those tough questions and identifies when you should order your post mold remediation clearance inspection and test.
There are a few things you should do after a mold cleanup.
- Mold Clearance Inspections: After you have any large area of mold removed, you should hire an independent expert to inspect and test the building for mold before you pay the cleaning contractor. Be sure that the post mold-remediation clearance inspection includes a thorough visual inspection. Simple screening tests for the presence or absence of mold are not reliable. The last thing you want is to pay for an unsuccessful mold cleanup.
- There should be no visible mold in the building: If you can see it, it is still there, meaning the something went wrong during the mold removal process.
- All demolition and cleaning should have been completed before the mold clearance inspection is begun: Why test for mold if you are not finished the job? There is obviously still mold.
- No moldy building contents should have been left in or stored in the building, and nothing that was removed from the building should have been returned unless it has been cleaned: So not be foolish. Clean everything thoroughly. You do not want to risk another mold outbreak.
- There should be no wet areas in the building, including no hidden wet areas in building cavities or behind floor baseboard or trim: Mold likes moisture. So eliminate the moisture and you will hopefully keep the mold from coming back.
- The building should not smell moldy: If you smell mold, there probably is mold.
- Occupants returning to the building should not have an allergic or respiratory-distress or respiratory illness response that appears related to being inside the building. If this occurs, consult your doctor. People exposed to mold, allergens, and stress can become hyper sensitized to mold and other respiratory irritants.
- Mold work area containment systems such as plastic barriers should be left in place until after a successful mold clearance inspection, including the lab work.
If you have any questions concerning mold, its removal or detection, please contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-6653 or click here today!