vacation home

Checking for Mold in Your Vacation Home

July is here and the first weekend we have in the 80s in New Jersey is upon us. Many will be heading to their vacation home, shore home or cottages. As a mold inspector, I can’t stress how big of a problem mold can be in vacation homes. It is important that the public is aware of what to look for and how to prevent it.

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Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend Preparation

Households in NY/NJ are preparing for Memorial Day Weekend by getting out the patio furniture, life jackets, vests and bathing suits. This time of year, we haul the patio furniture out which includes cushions, pillows and umbrellas. Hm..whats that there? Do you see small black freckle spots on these items? What is that? Read more

Mission

Our Mission: Ensure you are taken care of

Many years in the Mold business has taught me many lessons. I realize that when I am out in the field performing New York State Mold Assessor inspections, I am teaching others lessons as well. Too many times I arrive on a job to perform an inspection for a client only to find out they have paid in full and thought their job was complete, only to be failed by my inspection.  Read more

Healthy Environment

Providing a Healthy Environment for our Children

A new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) recently found that unhealthy environments greatly impact the health of young children under the age of 5. This report is the second edition of Inheriting a Sustainable World? Atlas on Children’s Health and the Environment. What the main message that is emerging basically states, is that we can prevent these deaths through providing a healthier environment for our children! Read more

HNST Mold Inspections

In this business, experience counts!

In our last blog post What training is required of my Licensed Mold Assessor? I mentioned that I wished there was a minimum work requirement in order to receive your License to Assess in New York State. Since these new requirements have only been out a little over a year, we are hoping that there are continued changes to the bill in our future. To us, it’s clear, experience counts in this business! Read more

Training

What training is required of my Licensed Mold Assessor?

Any person who qualifies themselves as an NYS Licensed Mold Assessor must go through training in order to obtain their license. We’ve been asked by our customers what is required and why we must go through this training. Here is a quick glimpse into what is required for NYS Licensed Mold Assessors to obtain their license. Read more

Licensed Mold Assessors, Mold Inspection

NYS Licensed Mold Assessors: What You Should Know

You may have already heard the buzz, as of January 1st, 2016; there are new rules in New York State on Mold Assessment and Remediation. Here are the top three things you should know about the changes.

  1. The mere presence of mold growth or evidence of water damage in the home is not to be disregarded. These are both issues that need to be addressed immediately in order to protect those dwelling in the home from possible harmful mold exposure.
  2. When hiring someone in New York State to investigate mold growth or water damage, you must use an NYS Licensed Mold Assessor. This company will assess the extent of the mold growth or moisture issue and develop a remediation work plan if the specified requirements are met.
  3. When hiring someone in New York State to remediate mold growth or water damage, it cannot be the same company that assessed your mold. The new contractor must follow the remediation work plan, remove and or clean any area that is outlined in the plan.

Your mold assessor may use a variety of invasive and non-invasive inspection techniques. These include moisture surveys, a sampling of air/surfaces, thermal imaging surveys and visual inspection. Once they have sufficiently evaluated the area of concern they make recommendations to the homeowner.

The homeowner must then hire an NYS licensed remediation contractor to carry out the removal and abide by the NYS mold remediation regulations, policies and procedures set out in the New York State Mold Bill. This person cannot be the same person who assessed the mold or water damage.

If you are dealing with moisture issues or mold presence in your home and are a Rockland County or Westchester County resident, let the professionals here at HNST Mold Inspections help guide you through the process by calling (845) 215-9258. Our NYSDOL Mold Assessor License is #00057.

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Preventing Conflict of Interest

Did you know that the NYS Mold Bill enacted January 1, 2016, helps to prevent conflict of interest? That’s right, the new requirements put into place allow one single company to possess licenses in both assessment and remediation, yet restrict them to perform both services to the same property.  Read more