When visible mold is discovered in a property on materials or surfaces, a common question is, ‘can mold be cleaned?’ They may also wonder if they should clean the mold themselves.
Archive for Mold and Moisture
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.
Recently, IET worked on several projects where sewage remediation contractors had difficulty achieving a sufficient level of cleanliness or sanitation to pass a “clearance” test. This would apply to contamination associated with a sewage backflow or other IICRC Category 3 “black water” event. These projects are, by their very nature, challenging. This article attempts to provide some sewage remediation suggestions for more effective and efficient project completion, addressing the areas where IET has often observed remediators having difficulty accomplishing. Read more
Sewage Testing of Presence/Absence (P/A) for Indicator Organisms vs. ATP Measurement
Indoor Environmental Technologies (IET) uses two sewage testing methods for contamination in Post-Remediation Verification inspections. The goal is to determine whether remediation has been successful and the areas tested have been returned to a sanitary condition:
A sewage backflow into a home is a serious problem. Depending on volume and other factors, it may create severe sewage contamination in the indoor environment with potentially extreme health risks. Sewage contamination has the potential to be much more unsafe than even the most severely mold contaminated environment. Yet many homeowners and property managers are not aware of these facts and often underestimate the potential health and safety risks. This brief article on sewage contamination is intended to help address this disparity between perception and reality.
When weather is cool but humid for extended periods, the AC does not run for long (if at all), and there is no way to remove internally-generated humidity. Humidity can build up to the point where it begins to cause condensation and mold on windows inside your home, and eventually on other adjacent surfaces.
When most people think of problems with high humidity in Florida homes, they think of summer weather, when outside humidity is extreme. And such problems do develop, for many reasons. However, humidity problems are also often common during spring, autumn and winter, especially when outside weather is cool and humid for extended periods.
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.