The Mold Assessment
The mold remediation plan (the report compiled from the mold assessment) is a detailed listing of all actions that should be taken to rid your home of mold. You’ll need to provide a copy of this documentation to the mold professionals that you hire to carry out the process, as they won’t be able to conduct a mold remediation without it. As per the Department of Labor NY law, the mold remediation plan is one of the requirements and must be followed precisely.
This plan will describe in detail exactly what will take place from beginning to end during the mold remediation process. It will include a list of equipment and chemicals used, the rooms that will be cleaned, an estimation of time, and a quote of how much it will cost you. Mold remediation contractors and the mold abatement team will be responsible for carrying out the plan. After its completion, our inspector will revisit your home to assess the outcome.
Albany Mold is here to take care of the mold assessment and help you get rid of a mold problem. We know the importance of family and home safety, and value you as a client.
By the way, we always encourage the property owner to join us during the inspection. Having the opportunity for real-time conversation provides the chance for you to point out any areas of concern and ask questions along the way. But, if you’re not able to participate, you’ll be provided with a detailed report of any findings. In addition to the findings you will be given a Mold Remediation Plan.
What Should I do if I suspect Mold in my house?
There are 3 different types of mold inspections. The first is a visual inspection. A NYS licensed mold assessor should perform a visual inspection of all visible and accessible areas within the structure. If mold is discovered on the visual inspection the NYS licensed mold assessor should determine IF there is a chance of concealed mold. If the mold inspector determines mold may be hidden and or concealed an indoor air quality testing should be performed. In our experience, 85% of the time we discover the mold issue with just a visual inspection.
An indoor air quality test may be recommended if the mold assessor determines mold may be concealed and or if the homeowner is concerned mold may be concealed. Indoor air quality testing is the most accurate way to determine if mold is present. Approximately 1 test per room is recommended.
If mold is discovered on the indoor air quality test and the mold assessor cannot specifically identify the source an invasive inspection may be recommended. An invasive inspection consist of drilling 1" holes in areas of concern and a borescope is used to try and identify mold behind the walls, ceilings and or floors.
Can my Mold Remediation Contractor Perform a Mold Assessment?
No, In the state of New York, a licensed mold assessment contractor must conduct all mold assessments. This law went into effect January 1, 2016. Mold Remediators remove the mold. Mold Assessors create the remediation plan. So, regardless if professional contractors, tradesmen, or inspectors have experience in performing mold assessments, it would be illegal for them to perform a mold assessment.
What is a Mold Assessment?
A mold assessment is conducted by a licensed mold professional, whereas a mold issue is thoroughly evaluated. Once the level of mold contamination is determined, a mold remediation plan is formulated. This plan involves the detailed methods required for complete removal of the mold, the measures that will be taken to prevent future regrowth, an estimated time for completion, and a quote for cost.
Is a Mold Test Performed?
During the mold assessment, the assessor does not typically perform a mold air test (Unless mold is not visible and an Indoor air quality test is requested). This is due to the fact that there are no set benchmarks of “safe” levels of mold spores, either by state or national law. Although benchmarks are not set by a governmental body, an indoor air quality test may help pick up on hidden mold issues. 1 test per room is recommended.
What if Mold Test is Performed. What Happens Next?
After collection the sample is sent to a lab for testing to identify the type of mold present.
Additionally, surface samples are also taken, if the mold assessor deems it necessary. The surface samples will not capture mold spores but it is useful in identifying the type of mold that is present IF needed.. This sampling is captured via tape or swab sample, or gathering a bulk piece of the surface that is sent for lab testing. Typically a mold sample test is not required.
What happens AFTER a Mold Assessment is Performed?
A copy of the detailed assessment, or mold remediation plan, will be provided to the property owner after it is finished. If the property owner decides to move forward with the mold remediation, a copy of the plan will need to be provided to the licensed mold remediation contractor.
The licensed mold assessor will be able to provide objective opinions on the next steps you should take.
The New York State law does not mandate that mold remediation be completed. However, if the process is done, the law does require that licensed mold remediation contractors and abators perform services.