When you have visible mold growth in your home, the remediation company you call to remediate mold should not take samples and should not make claims about type of contamination or identification as to species of any mold. If any testing is done, it should be done by a third party not the company that remediates mold. That would be a conflict of interest and is not a industry best practice. If the company you calls starts talking about the dangers of toxic black mold, beware-they are selling on fear and their credibility should be in question.
Obviously, mold should not be growing in a building, but the relationship between the presence of mold in the indoor environment effects on the health of occupants is controversial. We believe that it is generally accepted that the potential for adverse health consequences, if any, may be influenced by type and quantity of mold present, the level of exposure and the general health of the individuals in the building at the time of exposure. Individuals with respiratory problems, compromised immune systems, the elderly and young children have often been described as most at risk. Mold remediators in Boise or elsewhere are generally not qualified to and should not offer specific advice to you regarding health effects of mold exposure. We suggest that you consult your health care provider for advice specific to your situation.
We believe it is generally accepted that disturbing mold without proper technique and/or mold containment measures in place could increase the likelihood of exposure to risks that may be present, if any. While we might describe a variety of actions that might be undertaken during our discussions with you about mold remediation and removal, we do not represent ourselves as competent to evaluate any pre- or post-project contamination levels, consequences of any exposure or situation specific efficacy of any remediation method suggested. We suggest that this be done with the participation of a competent indoor environmental professional, if you believe that is important. While we cannot recommend or vouch for the competency of any specific individual or company, we are happy to provide a list of individuals and companies offering indoor environmental evaluation services in Boise and surrounding areas, if requested.
We have identified three (3) common strategies to deal with mold contamination. These are not based on scare tactics about the dangers of toxic black mold or unrealistic promises about getting rid of all mold contamination, that can’t be kept. Our approach to mold removal is to follow our understanding of IICRC S-520 Mold Remediation Standards, EPA recommendations and industry best practices. They are as follows:
1) Procedural Mold Remediation. This involves outlining a series of steps or procedures that we will follow, (e.g. physical removal of material with visible mold growth and multiple passes of HEPA vacuuming of surfaces all done under containment to prevent cross-contamination). We would agree to follow our procedure, but make no representations as to the situation specific efficacy of the work completed, except that the area described in the original scope of work would be free of visible mold. We would accept no responsibility for areas outside of the work area and accept no liability for mold growth or contamination that may be present now or identified in the future outside of the described work area(s).
2) Mold Remediation with post-remediation testing or verification. This mold remediation process is generally the same as to the procedural mold remediation as described above, however you hire a competent third party evaluator to provide mold tesing (i.e. post remediation verification) following completion of the work. If a cooperative effort is made to devise a mold testing protocol and agreed upon clearance standards are established prior to beginning work, we would accept responsibility to meet described mold clearance standards in the designated work areas. We would not accept responsibility for areas outside of the work area that were not tested prior to beginning mold remediation and would not accept liability for mold growth or mold contamination that may be present at the time of the mold testing or identified in the future outside of the described work area(s).
3) Mold Remediation with pre- and post-mold remediation testing or verification . With this scenario, a competent third party evaluator is brought in prior to any work being done, mold testing is completed and any mold contamination is identified by species and quantified. A cooperative effort is made to devise a mold remediation protocol with agreed upon mold remediation clearance standards established prior to beginning work. We would accept responsibility to meet or exceed the stated mold remediation clearance criteria within the work areas. We would also accept responsibility to remediate any mold contamination above previously documented levels present in areas outside our mold containment at completion of our mold removal work.
We believe these constitute the range of generally accepted mold remediation industry practices. We do not advocate any particular approach. There are numerous variations on these basic strategies to deal with mold contamination . There are costs and benefits associated with each approach to mold remediation. Costs can increase substantially with mold testing. Such mold testing may or may not be covered by insurance even if mold removal is not excluded in an insurance policy. It is important to talk to your agent about coverage questions, because we do not establish, interpret insurance coverage or adjust water damage or mold remediation claims.
We anticipate that any specifications/ mold remediation protocols developed by others might be either more or less extensive in scope than those which we would develop independently. While there are standard practices and best practices in the mold remediation industry, there are few regulations that cover the way mold is removed. It is important to hire someone who demonstrates an understanding that mold remediation involves removal of the mold contamination and not covering up the mold with encapsulants or killing the mold. That is not mold remediaton.