Mold Assessment

Why Do I Need a Mold Assessor?

When Does a Property Wwner Have to Hire a Mold Assessor or Mold Remediation Contractor? 

As part of a home inspection, mold-like substances that are noticed will be identified in the report after a non-invasive visual investigation. As an individual purchasing a home, you would want to be aware of the mold and could ask the seller to remedy the situation; as the seller of a home, potential buyers may ask that the mold be removed before agreeing to buy the house.

The New York State Department of Labor does not require you to clean up mold on your property. However, if you decide to have someone assess and remediate an area of mold that is larger than 10 square feet of mold, you must use a licensed mold professional to do the work.

You must first have a Mold Assessor do a more thorough and invasive inspection and complete a Mold Remediation Plan. You will then hire a Mold Remediation Contractor to do the work outlined in the plan. The mold assessor will perform the initial visual inspection and assessment of the property for mold growth. This may include the use of a moisture meter and, in rare cases, mold sampling. The assessor will identify the underlying source of moisture causing the mold growth (when possible) and educate the property owner on mold in general.

The assessor will develop a Mold Remediation Plan. This plan will identify: the source of the moisture causing mold growth, how to remedy the moisture issue, the mold remediation methods to be used for cleanup, and the criteria that must be met to consider the complete cleanup. The assessor will perform a post-remediation assessment to confirm the remediation was successful and develop a written passed clearance report or final status report.


What Does a Mold Assessment Cost?

A full mold assessment report and remediation plan is $250. An additional $150 inspection after the mold remediation to confirm that the mold was removed.

Why is Mold Sampling Rarely Recommended? 

Mold is a natural part of the environment. There is always some mold in the air and on surfaces. Sampling will almost always reveal the presence of mold or mold spores. There are no national or state standards for comparing or analyzing mold samples, and there are no national or state standards to compare the sample results against. Unless people are allergic to mold or mold spores, the presence of mold does not usually produce any symptoms. Unless you know the specific type (genus and species) of mold to which someone is allergic, this information is not typically useful.

What Should the Mold Assessor Put in the Mold Remediation Plan? 

The Mold Remediation Plan is specific to each project. The purpose of this plan is to provide methods to eliminate the moisture source(s) and visible mold growth. The plan should include: a description of the rooms or areas where the remediation will be performed, an estimate of the quantity of material to be cleaned or removed, and a description of the abatement methods to be used for each type of remediation in each area, a proposal for containment, when needed, to prevent the spread of mold, a list of recommended personal protective equipment for abatement workers (to be provided by the Remediation Contractor), a list of clearance procedures and criteria for each type of remediation in each area. For an occupied property, recommendations for notice to occupants and posting requirements that are appropriate for the project, an estimate of cost, and time for completion of the project.

Note: It is always recommended to correct the underlying source of water/moisture before cleaning up mold growth, or the mold will likely grow back.




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