What are the categories of a water loss? Under what circumstances should a water damage loss be classified as Category 3 (IICRC S500) and therefore treated as a “grossly contaminated environment?” The answer could greatly increase demolition and decontamination required.
Archive for Mold Remediation
Is a mold assessment necessary before removal takes place? If mold is visible in the home, why have it tested? Valid questions.
There are several important reasons why Indoor Environmental Technologies, Inc. (IET), and published industry standards may recommend that a mold inspection be necessary prior to starting mold remediation work. In fact, many of the better remediation contractors in Florida will not start a remediation project without a mold protocol in hand. Consider four reasons why: Read more
As with most things, this is usually possible but by no means always practical or safe. If you are contemplating whether you should stay home during mold remediation work or leave, here are 6 important factors to consider first.
Mold remediation contractors in Florida are generally conscientious, trying hard to bring each project to a condition where it will pass “clearance testing” (the Post-Remediation Verification inspection) on the first try. Some mold remediation guidance can be useful so that cleaning attempts are successful. If unsuccessful, this will certainly cost the mold remediation contractor additional cleaning time and therefore money, and it may damage their reputation with their client and/or insurance personnel. Depending on their contract, the contractor may be responsible for some or all of the cost of follow-up testing.
Background of Water and Mold Damage
In recent years, many insurance policies have instituted limits or caps on the amount that will be paid for “mold or microbial damage.” Often, what constitutes microbial damage is defined poorly, if at all, in the policy. Meanwhile, the funds available for water damage restoration are generally not separately capped, and are available up to policy limits.
When mold growth has been identified within a building, certain steps must be taken to isolate the contaminated materials and to make proper repairs. Appropriate Engineering Controls must be considered to control the mold and prevent the spores and dust from spreading during mold remediation.