Mold Remediation Regulations: Good For the Industry…Best For the Consumer
Recently, the Attorney General of Kentucky passed new guidelines to regulate the mold remediation industry. Guidelines are an excellent way to validate ethical professionals in this industry and protect consumers. The more aware consumers are of their rights and what to expect, the better off we as an industry are. Here are some highlights of the new guidelines:
1. Written Contract/Change Order — A written contract is required before work begins. The customer must sign a change order if there is additional cost or a substantive or material change to the mold assessment and remediation plan.
2. General Information — A mold remediation company shall provide written information to customers on mold and its potential health risks and the areas of the home that should be vacated
3. Mold Assessment and Remediation Plan – This needs to be provided before entering into any contract and should include a price estimate; scope of work; extent of the mold problem; areas to be remediated; and tasks to be performed; containment and removal techniques to be used; plan to remedy or manage the source of moisture, or a statement that it has not been identified using a required form to be signed by the customer; and how the work will be evaluated.
4. Postremediation Report – At the conclusion of the work, a mold remediation company shall provide the customer with a report including: whether visible mold, debris, and unrestorable materials have been removed; whether mold odors have been eliminated; whether surfaces are free of dust; unexpected conditions or events that arose during the work that may impact health or safety or interfere with an appropriate postremediation condition; whether salvable structures, systems, and contents have been dried to an appropriate moisture content; a list of independent indoor environmental professionals if the contract requires sampling or testing to verify the mold remediation.
5. Postremediation Verification — Any postremediation verification shall be performed by an indoor environmental professional paid directly by and reporting directly to the customer.
The regulations also set out guidelines on the training of the employees performing the work, how the mold should be removed, the use of protective equipment, containment, and proper record retention.
In May of this year, we posted a blog, What to Expect From a Mold Inspection, which showed a video aired by NBC, which highlighted some unscrupulous tactics used by so-called mold remediation professionals. Regulations by government will hopefully curb or act as a dis-incentive for fly-by-night businesses offering un-professional mold remediation services.
Generally speaking, if you encounter mold in your home, here are some questions that will need to be answered:
How old is the home?
Has there been any flooding issues?
Are there any moisture issues?
Is health an issue, i.e. do you feel sick when indoors but feel better when outside of the home? Respiratory problems?
Questions, plus a thorough visual inspection of all rooms in the building, will give the mold inspector a fairly good idea if there are mold issues.
If a mold problem is suspected, then the contractor will usually recommend that an air quality test and/or swab test be done to verify what type of mold is present and also determine the spore count within the home.
The key to preventing further mold growth and future problems is to ensure the job is done properly. How can you judge whether the company knows what they are doing and will do a good job? Here are some questions you should ask when you are in the process of hiring a mold remediation company:
1. Do they carry insurance?
2. Are the employees AMRT, WRT, FSRT certified?
3. Do they set up containment to prevent cross contamination?
4. Will they provide you with a detailed scope of work and remediation plan?
5. Do they use negative air machines and air scrubbers to clean the air?
6. Are they willing to provide you with referrals and their contact details?
These are just some of the key questions you should ask when you are ready to hire a mold remediation professional.
— Got #Mold?™ (@gotmoldglobal) December 11, 2012