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Monthly Archives: October, 2014

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How long does it take to perform a mold remediation?

October 29th, 2014 Posted by Mold Removal 0 thoughts on “How long does it take to perform a mold remediation?”

The extent of the problem and size of the property will be the main factor when determining the schedule and time frame for the work to be completed. Typically, the average mold remediation will take between 2-4 days, the larger the job, the more technicians we dedicate the job to be completed in a short timeframe. The work always commences on a work day, and once the physical work is complete, we allow the air scrubbers to work for an additional day before the post remediation verification (PRV) test (aka clearance test) is performed. For example, if the scope of work requires 2 working days, on day 4 the PRV test would be taken, with the test results coming back sometime on day 5. The original schedule can change if unforeseen conditions exist causing more work to be performed than anticipated, however, that cannot be determined until the work commences.

Any reconstruction work would commence after the test results are received indicating the air quality is within normal levels, or back to a pre-loss condition. Since we are a State of Florida Certified General Contractor, we can provide you with any reconstruction services so you are working with one company throughout the restoration project.

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WHO IS QUALIFIED TO PERFORM MOLD REMEDIATION?

October 23rd, 2014 Posted by Mold Removal 0 thoughts on “WHO IS QUALIFIED TO PERFORM MOLD REMEDIATION?”

On July 1, 2011, the State of Florida passed a law requiring anyone performing mold remediation or mold assessment to attend required educational classes, and apply to the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for licensure.

The Florida Legislature found it necessary in the interest of the public safety and welfare, to prevent damage to real and personal property, to avert economic injury to the residents of this state, and to regulate persons and companies that hold themselves out to the public as qualified to perform mold-related services. Prior to enactment of this law, anyone could perform these services without proper credentials, so this new law has raised the standard for everyone performing these services.

Most property owners are unaware of the difference between a Mold Remediator and a Mold Assessor. We receive a lot of inquiries from property owners asking us to perform Air Quality testing or asking what the difference between is between mold remediation and mold assessment. We always advise property owners that the company who performs the inspection and testing should be independent of any mold remediation companies. This is the industry’s #1 conflict of interest, therefore, the State of Florida is regulating the industry to prevent this conflict of interest. For example, it’s in the best interest of the mold remediation contractor to find mold in your property if they performed air quality testing so they can benefit from their findings, however, this can lead to unscrupulous contractors taking advantage of homeowner’s who simply do not know better. Below is an explanation of Mold Assessment and Mold Remediation:

Mold assessment is a process performed by a mold assessor that includes the physical sampling and detailed evaluation of data obtained from a building history and inspection to formulate an initial hypothesis about the origin, identity, location, and extent of amplification of mold growth of greater than 10 square feet.

Mold remediation is the removal, cleaning, sanitizing, demolition, or other treatment, including preventive activities, of mold or mold-contaminated matter of greater than 10 square feet that was not purposely grown at that location; however, such removal, cleaning, sanitizing, demolition, or other treatment, including preventive activities, may not be work that requires a license under Chapter 489, Florida Statutes, unless performed by a person who is licensed under that chapter or the work complies with that chapter.

According to the Florida State Statute 468.8419 Prohibitions; penalties.—
(1) A person may not: Perform or offer to perform any mold assessment to a structure on which the mold remediator or the mold remediator’s company provided a mold remediation within the last 12 months; Perform or offer to perform any mold remediation to a structure on which the mold assessor or the mold assessor’s company provided a mold assessment within the last 12 months.

The safest and most protective approach to a mold problem is to follow the 3-step Process:
1) The establishment of the problem – (Mold Assessment and Mold Remediation Protocol) by a Florida Licensed Mold Assessor

2) The repair of the problem – (The Mold Remediation) by a Florida Licensed Mold Remediator

3) The verification that the mold remediation was successful – (The Post remediation Verification Inspection or Clearance Test) by a Florida Licensed Mold Assessor

Following the 3-step process will protect your financial investment, and ensure you are resolving your mold problem effectively and safely as best as possible.

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WILL I NEED TO MOVE OUT OF MY HOME IF I HAVE MOLD DAMAGE?

October 9th, 2014 Posted by Mold Removal 0 thoughts on “WILL I NEED TO MOVE OUT OF MY HOME IF I HAVE MOLD DAMAGE?”

It all depends on the extent of the mold in your home and the kind of damage it has caused. For example, a leak from the HVAC/air handler could cause mold to grow behind the AC unit on the drywall and baseboard. In order to access the area, and perform a proper mold remediation, the air handler would need to be removed by a licensed HVAC contractor in order to remove the affected building materials and to clean the affected area.

Once the remediation is complete, and a clearance test has been performed, the drywall (and painting) will need to be installed prior to reinstallation of the air handler. Therefore, it may be several days before you will have the air conditioning system up and running again. Without AC in South Florida, you may choose to move out during the mold remediation process.

Another example is when the bathroom or kitchen is affected. Although you may reside in the property during the work being performed, you may choose not to stay there if you don’t have a working bathroom or kitchen. In addition, there will be equipment running 24 hours a day until the mold removal is completed. Some homeowners complain of the noise, while some are unaffected by the inconveniences of the work being performed while they remain in the home.

If the mold has affected a large portion of your property, it may be absolutely necessary to move out during the remediation as it may not be possible to reside in the home if the scope of work is extensive. On the other hand, if the mold issue is limited to removing drywall that does not affect other living space being used, then you may continue to reside in the property during the mold remediation.

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