Mold removal can not be quoted over the phone. A proper mold inspection is crucial to determine the scope of work that should be written down. How much of the dry wall should be removed? Do we need to Ice Blast the mold? What is the best method necessary to remove the mold? What will the teams on site follow? All that is in the scope. The inspection should help understand how the mold growth occurred (what the source of the mold growth was) and how the causes of the mold can be fixed effectively to make sure your indoor environment is returned to a safe and healthy one.
The mold removal company you choose will have one of their experienced and trained inspectors perform a free visible mold inspection and should also provide you with a free estimate. If needed a third party hygienist, environmentalist will be introduced should the inspector think the scope is unclear or bigger than anticipated. The 3rd party involvement addresses the “conflict of interest” issue since they are not paid for removal, they are paid directly from the customer to detect and scope the problem mold removal.
In some cases, mold testing or air sampling will be required to determine if the mold spores have spread to other areas of your indoor environment and to ensure that your indoor air quality is healthy for you and your loved ones. Mold spores are microscopic and without air testing it is impossible to determine if there are any unwanted mold spores in your indoor air that can’t be seen by the naked eye. The 3rd party industrial hygienist or mold certified expert will be required to perform the testing, sampling and inspection and then create a detailed report with the scope of work necessary to follow. The 3rd party may also do testing/inspection on site throughout the mold removal process and upon completion of the mold remediation.
When the company arrives on site, they bring with them tools that will aid in performing a proper mold inspection, and without the use of these tools a proper mold inspection can’t be done: thermal imaging cameras, hygrometers, moisture meters, air sampling machines, mold swabs, but most off all certified and experience.
The combination of tools along with a trained, experienced and certified mold removal & remediation inspector are necessary to determine the right scope of work needed to complete the mold removal and remediation work safely and effectively. Also to identify the causes of the mold and determine the best way to fix the issues and problems that caused the mold.
Mold can be cleaned or wiped down in some cases, depending on the surface, or how deep the mold has penetrated ( i.e. – on a window that has no organic material you can see mold growth due to dust and condensation, this can usually be wiped down with soap and water), but if there is any doubt, call the people that got professional training and certification, have learned everything there is to know and have experience with mold inspection and removal.
Inspections should have pictures that they can share with you from previous sites so you can see what expert set ups are necessary in a proper mold removal and remediation project. Also to get a proper idea of what you can expect throughout the process of mold removal. Videos of ice or soda blasting are also available.
Your mold remediation company should keep you updated throughout the mold removal process, and provide you with pictures and a written report of your mold removal project. They can also provide a completion report when the project is finished.
Mold removal must be performed by a licensed and IICRC – CLEAN TRUST certified firm. Such a firm is experienced and IICRC trained and follows the strict guidelines of the S520 protocol. Insurance for mold removal is a must have, not many companies actual acquire such insurance, however.
Not every home inspector is a mold inspector, they may have seen mold many times but you should check if they are certified to deal with it, and by saying deal with it that means, they sample mold, scope the work and provide recommendations.
Ask the right questions, bring in the right experts, check credentials, ask for written scopes and you will be on your way for healthy and “mold free” property.