Mold remediation in the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky area is one of the most misunderstood maladies a home or business owner can face. Despite the fact that mold has been around forever, it has only recently become the focal point of increased claims and litigation, as well as a degree of media sensationalism and consumer angst.
Recent Construction Techniques Have Increased Our Exposure to Mold
Construction techniques have changed greatly over the last few years and structures now are sealed tighter to prevent energy loss. This in turn has reduced air movement within those structures and increased the risk of mold growth due to stagnant air and trapped moisture.
Property Owners, Rental Property Owners, and Real Estate Management Companies Are Exposed to The Risks of Mold More Than Ever
The end result is that property owners may face increased exposure to a health risk that was relatively insignificant in the past. In addition, rental property owners and real estate management companies have greater liability risks from tenants who may be affected by mold growing in a home, and business owners are left exposed to potential claims by customers and employees.
Mold Remediation is an Unregulated Industry So Be Careful When Selecting a Mold Remediation Company
Compounding the problem is that mold remediation is a completely unregulated industry. There are no mandated standards of care from any governmental agency, which means that property owners uneducated in the proper way to remediate mold have no way to ensure that the job has been done correctly. While there are no mandated standards of care for the mold remediation industry, the following government agencies and trade groups have published guidelines for proper remediation procedures. Reputable firms, like 1st Call Disaster Services, will follow these standards of care to assure your safety and we encourage you to educate yourself on the remediation process.
Mold Remediation Procedures
When performed correctly, the remediation of any significant amount of mold is a four-step process:
- An independent, third-party Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) should perform initial testing and write a remediation protocol (scope of specific work to be performed).
- A properly trained and certified remediation contractor should perform the remediation according to the guidelines set forth in the IEP’s protocol.
- The IEP should perform a post remediation evaluation to ensure that the remediation has been completed satisfactorily; effectively assuring both the contractor AND the home/business owner that the condition has been fully addressed.
- The affected area can now be reinhabited, reconstructed or sold without concern.
How To Choose a Remediation Contractor
- Always retain the services of an independent, third-party Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) – It is a conflict of interest for any remediation company to tell you that you have mold, perform the remediation, and then tell you the job is done correctly. It is important to obtain unbiased information when having a post remediation evaluation performed. An IEP works for YOU, not the remediation contractor, and will provide you with unbiased scientific proof that the job is done correctly and completely. Mold spores are often too small to be seen with the naked eye. A good remediation contractor like 1st Call Disaster Services knows this and will require that an IEP be used to ensure that they have performed their duties satisfactorily and that your house is safe. At a minimum for ALL mold projects, a post remediation evaluation shall be performed by an independent IEP regardless of whether or not a protocol is deemed appropriate or not.
- The goal of mold remediation is NOT to kill the mold, it is to REMOVE the mold – Many companies will tell you that their chemical will kill or encapsulate the mold. This does not remove the mold spores and it inadequately addresses the issue as per published guidelines. The only recommended way to remove potentially harmful affects of mold is to remove the mold by following the S520 Standards: air filtration, HEPA vacuuming, wiping/cleaning, sanding, and, if necessary, soda or dry ice blasting.
1st Call Disaster Services Does NOT Pursue Frivolous Mold Issues
The guidelines state that smaller (see EPA Guidelines for reference) mold remediation projects can be performed by the homeowner or building maintenance personnel. 1st Call Disaster Services will recommend the appropriate procedures to follow if minimal area has been impacted and can be cleaned properly by YOU. Only a minimal inspection fee shall be incurred if an on-site visit is required and/or requested. 1st Call Disaster Services does NOT perform mold testing. An Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required for proper and thorough testing. Utilizing the small kits made available to the general populace is NOT recommended and will not be accepted as a post remediation evaluation test.
We specialize in the following services…
- Containment and removal of affected materials
- Engineered HEPA controls
- Site preparation and proper drying for replacement of affected material
- Professional deodorization
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Our proven mold remediation techniques and professional staff make 1st Call Disaster Services your first and best choice if you suspect mold contamination.