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New Mold Rules in New York: Will California Follow?

As of July 31, 2015, New York State will be instituting new mold rules for licensing and work standards. The stricter mold rules are, the better off we all are when we have mold issues in our homes and commercial buildings. Here are some of the highlights:

Mold Rules for Licensing

When the new rules take effect, it will be illegal for anyone to do mold assessments or advertise as an assessment contractor without a Mold Assessment License from the New York State Department of Labor. These licenses will have to be renewed every two years.

The license will have to be posted at the work site.

Mold assessors will have to be at least 18 years old and have taken required courses, including training in the use of personal protective gear.

Mold Rules: Work Standards

Any licensed mold assessor has to prepare and give to the client a work analysis before work starts. A mold remediator has to present a work plan.

Mold Rules: Conflict of Interest

No one will be able to be both a mold assessor and a mold remediator on the same project, nor can they be even a part owner in each other’s companies.

Mold Rules: Mold Remediation Plan

The mold remediation plan must include (from Healthy Indoors):

      • Rooms or areas where the work will be performed
      • Estimated quantities of materials to be cleaned or removed
      • Methods to be used for each type of remediation in each type of area
      • Personal protection equipment (PPE) to be supplied to workers
      • Proposed clearance procedures and criteria for each type of remediation in each type of area
      • How to properly notify occupants of such projects, taking into consideration proper health concerns
      • Recommendations for notice and posting requirements that are appropriate for the project size, duration and points of entry
      • Estimate of cost and an estimated time frame for completion
      • Underlying sources of moisture that may be causing the mold and a recommendation as to the type of contractor who would remedy the source of such moisture, if possible

The above are just some of the new rules being put into place by the State of New York. What kind of rules does your state have?

Seacliff Environmental

Seacliff Environmental is a licensed mold removal and remediation contractor, and is experienced in removing mold from basements, bathrooms, ceilings, residential and commercial buildings, crawlspaces, and attics. We can remove all wet materials from the site and provide the necessary air circulation to deter dampness before bacteria can multiply. Seacliff will then develop a remediation plan detailing method, scope, time and controls to be used. We would have no trouble following the new mold rules in New York State–we already do.

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Mold Concerns in Colleges

Mold can be a common problem in buildings but should viewed as an important concern especially when it is found in public places like in schools.

Mold infestations in colleges is a serious problem because hundreds of students can be sensitive and can pose a health risk to students who have asthma or respiratory conditions. Universities or colleges should have their areas where mold can be found inspected regularly.

Consequences of Not Handling Mold Correctly

Current news from a college in the east coast had a very serious mold problem. Work that was being done during an HVAC replacement caused a floor pipe to burst, causing tons of water to flow into the basement of a school’s dental clinic.

The problem was, a main contractor did not wait for the area to completely dry and ripped out material from the building that had already contained existing black mold. The main contractor did not warn the subcontractor to shut off their fans or their desiccant.

The result, mold being blown all around the building.

Handling mold correctly and using proper protocol is crucial to avoid exposure to toxic mold. Hire a professional company that will develop a remediation plan to avoid mold exposure.

Seacliff Environmental is a licensed mold removal and remediation contractor. In the case of an emergency, Seacliff Environmental will remove all wet materials from the site and provide the necessary air circulation to deter dampness before bacteria can multiply.

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Crawl space Moisture and Mold

A crawl space in a home can be an inviting place for moisture and mold to exist. Crawl spaces maintain conditions that allow for mold to grow and can cause other problems. When moisture levels are high and water is present, you will begin to see a colony of mold.

 Requirements for Mold to Grow in a Crawlspace

1. Water: Plumbing leaks or a drainage problem can cause standing water to exist and cause mold to grow and major foundation problems. Fix them immediately!

2. Moisture: Moisture that evaporates can ruin pressed wood and invigorate mold to grow.

3. Outdoor Air: When air from outdoors enters a crawl space and cools down and humidity levels are high,temperatures inside can escalate.

Symptoms of a crawl space moisture problem can cause mold to grow, musty odors to exist, and increase humidity levels. If you suspect to have mold in the crawl space of your home, it’s important to remediate the mold.

Seacliff Environmental is a licensed mold removal and remediation contractor. Seacliff Environmental will develop a remediation plan detailing method, scope, time and controls to be used, based on fungus type and location. Our services include proper containment and removal as well as thorough site decontamination

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