Mold Inspections & Assessments
Per the New York State Mold Law, any mold greater than 10 Square Feet requires an independent assessment by a New York State Licensed Assessor. Mold remediation companies cannot provide an estimate for mold remediation with a remediation plan/protocol from a third-party company.
This is one extra step in the process, but it is to ensure that the consumer is protected from unscrupulous contractors and illegitimate practices.
What is a Mold Inspection?
A mold inspection is a thorough visual observation of the home, particularly any Basement, Crawlspace, Attic & central ventilation system, to identify signs of mold growth, water damage, ventilation, and humidity issues. Moisture mapping is conducted on the building materials, using a moisture meter and or a Thermal Imaging Camera to determine if there are any ongoing leaks and to identify any sources of moisture. The inspection may include some invasive measures including checking wall and ceiling cavities, beneath carpeting, access panels, etc.
If you suspect that you may have potential mold contamination within your home or workplace the first step is to contract an Independent mold inspection firm to determine if a mold problem may exist or not. Many mold removal companies are now requiring that an inspection be conducted and a mold removal protocol be provided prior to them supplying an estimate.
As many of our clients suffer from asthma and allergies, and some more serious ailments, a complete inspection of the home is very important, and by conducting a mold inspection can identify or rule out possible contamination within your residence or workplace and determine any sources of allergens in the home.
Post Remediation Verification Inspection
Following any mold remediation project, it is highly recommended that a clearance inspection be conducted to ensure that the remediation was performed adequately. The areas will be visually inspected including the collection of air, surface, or dust samples inside and outside of the remediated areas. The remediated areas should be free of visible mold, dust, and debris and should pass and air quality sample.
New York State Mold Law Requires that a post-remediation inspection be conducted, however, this is the client’s choice and not mandated under the law that the “client” must do so.