Don’t Use the Same Company for Both Mold Inspection & Mold Remediation. Here’s Why…
Mold is an important yet destructive part of our ecosystem. It has an industry dedicated to hunting it and removing it from living and working spaces and yet there are many misconceptions surrounding mold assessment, mold remediation, and why each job needs to be done by a separate, and uniquely qualified, company. Did you know that any trustworthy remediation company won’t and shouldn’t start a project without a protocol, developed by an independent third-party mold assessor, in hand? Here are a few reasons why:
The Importance of a Mold Inspection Before Remediation
The big picture is that a mold assessment involves detailed inspection and sampling of indoor air and/or surfaces to help determine if remediation is necessary. Even if there is visible mold it is important to establish the extent of required remediation by testing samples. Here are fours things to consider:
1. Conflict of Interest – Mold remediation is a specialized process that includes the containment, removal, and cleaning of mold or mold-contaminated materials. Mold remediation teams undergo specialized training, just as inspection and assessment teams do. Even though each process deals with mold, performing both services on the same job creates a conflict of interest. Any reputable mold remediation company will insist on receiving post-remediation clearance based on inspection and testing performed by a third-party mold assessor.
By Texas Law, The Mold Consultant and The Mold Remediator Cannot Be the Same Company
Mold removal in our area is regulated by the Texas Department of Licencing and Regulation. This is for your protection, so that you will have an independent party verifying that the mold remediation is actually needed, and that it has been performed properly.
If you hire a mold remediation company to remove mold, and there is more than 25 contiguous square feet of mold involved, the mold remediation company must be licensed by the state of Texas and file with the state before commencing work. Before the remediation company develops its work plan for containing and removing the mold damage and actually beginning the mold cleanup, you will need to hire a licensed mold assessment consultant, such as Mold Inspection Sciences Texas.
The mold consultant will evaluate the situation, take air and/or surface sample for mold testing to determine what types and in what quantity mold it is present. The mold consultant will also develop a mold protocol containing an assessment of the cause and extent of the mold, and their recommendations on how to remediate the mold damage. The mold cleanup company must perform the work according to this protocol and inform the property owner and mold consultant if mold is discovered beyond the original scope of work. The mold consultant will also test for mold after the work is completed and issue a final mold clearance.
2. Not all Mold Problems are the Same – Mold growth can be visible to the naked eye and is usually found on building materials that have become wet or experienced high humidity for extended periods of time. A mold assessment will help identify the presence of water damage and moisture to identify the source and which areas support the growth.
Mold spores that have been disturbed are released from the areas of growth and spread to other areas creating new contaminated environments, known as cross-contamination. These particles are microscopic and not visible to the naked eye. This means a mold inspection is crucial in determining where else the mold is present and how far it has spread.
Investigating, collecting samples, and laboratory testing is the only way to know for sure what type of mold is present, how much mold is present, and how it may be impacting the indoor environment. It is also used to develop a scope of work for the remediation. In short, a mold inspection is used to help determine the proper containment, cleaning, and restoration of impacted areas. Without a scope of work your remediation contractor is left to work only from assumptions.