NYS Mold Bill

NYS Mold Bill

If you’ve read our previous blogs regarding the New York State (NYS) Mold Bill such as Breaking Down The Mold Program and Compliance with the Mold Program, you’re probably familiar with what the bill does, but perhaps you are wondering why it was enacted.

Due to the extensive effects from the moisture and flooding that happened with 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, many people were left in desperate need of help to restore their homes. Unfortunately, some contractors took advantage of those in need and work was performed by untrained professionals putting people at risk of being exposed to Mold.

The Bill’s Preamble does a perfect job of explaining the need for the NYS Mold Bill so we will not attempt to paraphrase.

Several months after Hurricane Sandy ravaged parts of New York with massive flooding, there is an increasing public health risk associated with mold growth in residential and commercial buildings. Mold exposure causes respiratory health problems and people, (especially children), with asthma are particularly vulnerable to illnesses from mold exposure. Mold can also sometimes cause even more serious health problems. Many people do not fully understand mold problems, the causes of mold in buildings, and the proper assessment and/or remediation when a mold problem exists. As a result, it is in the interest of the public safety and welfare to prevent future damage to real and personal property, minimize the public health risks posed by mold in public and private buildings, and avert economic injury to NYS residents by regulating persons and companies that hold themselves out to the public as qualified to perform mold-related services. This bill will ensure that the public is protected from unscrupulous contractors offering mold assessment and/or remediation and that licensed persons and/or businesses engaged in mold assessment and/or remediation will be properly trained.”

Whether you are a business owner, property manager, homeowner or renter, you should know what the NYS Mold Bill says when it comes to finding or suspecting mold in your home or property. Be sure that you ask to see the companies NYSDOL Mold Assessor License, if they do not show it to you, beware!

Head over to my page on the NYS Mold Bill for more information and to see my license.

PHOTO ABOVE:
STATEN ISLAND, NY – OCTOBER 30: Completely flooded basement next day after Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in Staten Island. There is a visible line showing maximum water level higher than 7 feet

 

Test your mold knowledge

Test your mold knowledge

You already know how important it is to protect and inspect your home from moisture and mold, but do you know where to look? Test your knowledge by utilizing the EPA’s Interactive Mold House Tour. The tour lets you get a look room-by-room into a home so that you can explore some of the most common mold issues and problem areas.

Put your knowledge to the test and see if you can identify all of the areas of your home that could be vulnerable to mold growth. Can you Identify all 13 problem areas? The Interactive Tour requires JavaScript in order to function. A text version of the Mold House Tour is also available.

Once you’ve completed the tour continue reading below.

Hopefully you’ve Identified all 13 problem areas, and if you missed a few, that’s OK! Now its time to put what you’ve learned to work. Go perform your own home mold tour checking the living room, bathroom, roof, kitchen, basement, laundry room, front door and drain pipe in the yard.

If you identify any moisture issues, signs of mold or areas of susceptibility, then it is time to take action. Call in a licensed mold inspector who will do a more thorough and in depth check of your home. Choose a company that is trusted and reliable such as HNST Mold Inspections which won the Angie’s List Super Service Award for many years in a row.

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Easy 4 step mold check

Mold can be hiding anywhere! Here is our easy 4 step check for you to perform on your home before winter.

Step 1:

Perform a visible mold search in your home. If you have NO idea what mold looks like, please see our previous posts or google image search so that you know what you’re looking for. Check for anything furry or colorful growth on items in areas that are exposed to moisture. Specifically, investigate the bathroom, basement, attic and kitchen.

Step 2:

Engage your other senses! Do you smell mildew or a moldy smell in a certain area of your home? If it is evident upon opening the door to your basement, attic or bathroom that there is a mildew or mold smell, chances are there is.

Step 3:

Have you experienced basement flooding, recurring roof leaks or other moisture issues in your home? This is a question you’ll have to ask yourself and your family. If you have, those areas are prone to mold growth and you should have those areas investigated further.

Step 4:

Perform an at home mold test. These tests can help to identify a possible mold issue if your first three steps have given you caused to proceed further.

Performing this easy 4 step check for mold in your home can help you to identify a potential mold problem and health hazard. If any of the four steps give you cause for concern, then you should call in a Certified Mold Inspector. With proper experience and knowledge, inspectors can help to locate the mold, the cause of the mold and direct you on how to abate the problem.

As a certified Mold Inspector, HNST Mold Inspections has helped many throughout New York and New Jersey identify mold issues and assess them. Call us today at (845) 215-9258 (NY) or (201) 733-0091 (NJ) if you have any questions or need our assistance after performing your 4 step check!

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Home Owners Insurance & Mold   

Home Owners throughout the years have found out the hard way that problems they thought would be covered under insurance may not actually be covered. There are many rules and steps that need to be followed from the beginning in order to be able to use your homeowner’s insurance for coverage. We advise all customers to review their individual home owner’s policy or call their insurance company to understand exactly what is covered when it comes to mold.

Some insurance companies allow claims for water damage, as you know from reading our blogs, moisture from water damage in the home is a prime accelerant for mold growth. Once water damage is found in the home immediate steps should be taken to find out the source. New water damage should be taken care of immediately, and drying the are out within 24 hours is important in preventing mold growth.

If an area of water damage is found that seems to have been a recurring or long-term issue, this is when a mold assessment should be performed. Although you may not see mold, the extent of long-lived water damage may reach further into walls, floors, etc. where you may not be able to see yourself.

Always do research on the mold assessment company that you choose and make sure that you ask to see their mold assessor license number so that you can confirm they are in fact licensed. If you do have an insurance claim involved, using a licensed professional for assessment is generally required.

That being said, HNST Mold Inspections is a licensed NYSDOL Mold Assessor as well as Inspector. We perform our services in New York and New Jersey. Contact us today for your mold assessment or inspection.

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Pets and Mold

Generally speaking, mold is found in certain locations that provide an adequate supply of organic material or moisture. These areas are rooms like your kitchen, bathroom, and basements. Dust, food particles, hair, body oils, etc. build up in these areas and just by adding moisture can become a breeding ground for mold. If you are a pet owner, there are just a few more places for you to beware of when thinking about mold.

Here are our tips on keeping your pets healthy and preventing mold around the areas your pets live!

  1. Aquariums- If you have an aquarium, you know the green or brown algae that can build up on the sides or top of the tank. These organic substances plus the water in the tank, make a wonderful spot for mold to grow. Keep your aquarium clean by doing preventative maintenance and possibly adding a cleaner fish to the aquarium to aid in the job.
  2. Dry Tank- Reptiles and amphibians are usually kept in a dry tank. While this is an easier place to prevent mold due to the lack of water, keep in mind the organic substances. Any shed skin, uneaten food or dying plant life should be removed immediately. If water is provided to the tanked animal, change the water every day to keep it fresh.
  3. Cages- Rabbits, dogs, birds or other animals kept in cages all have one thing in common, feces. Feces are especially high in plant content from animals such as these and can be a great place for mold to grow.

It’s important to remember that the multitude of mold spores moving throughout the air both indoors and out are almost impossible to avoid. The key to preventing mold is to keep your home clean and dry, especially in places that are prone to mold. We hope that you are better able to identify ancillary places that mold can grow.