Mold Services in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse
The two most common areas of mold in the home are the basement and attic. Mold removal/remediation begins by first identifying and correcting the causes of mold in your home. Basement mold is often caused by:
Attic mold causes include:
Process for Mold Removal in Attic
Mold removal is the second step of the remediation process. The first step is always finding and removing the causes of mold. Unless the causes are corrected, mold WILL return. Many homeowners make the mistake of thinking they can solve a mold problem by cleaning and disinfecting areas of visible growth. They use popular bleach-based household cleaners that only wipe away surface mold while leaving behind the bio-slime that causes mold growth. It is why we see mold reappearing in our bathrooms despite repeated cleaning. Bleach products DO NOT kill mold and, therefore, is ineffective in removing it. They also do not remedy the moisture issue that is the catalyst for the mold growth. For those reasons, mold removal should never be attempted by a homeowner or handyman if the area is over 10 square feet. It is a job best performed by a certified mold professional.
Understanding the Mold Law
As of January 2016, NYS under the Mold Bill S3667 requires that all Mold Remediation Contractors and Assessors be licensed through the New York State Department of Labor. In addition, home inspectors must also be licensed as a Mold Assessor if their inspections include an assessment of mold throughout the home. Any type of contracting that deals with mold must be handled by a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor. For example, if a contractor is remodeling a kitchen or a bathroom and during the teardown finds mold, they need to stop work immediately and wait until a Licensed Mold Assessor inspects the area and a Licensed Mold Remediation Contactor properly remediates the area.
A company can have both a Mold Remediation Contractors License and a Mold Assessor License, however they cannot perform both at a single property. They are only allowed to do one or the other to prevent a conflict of interest. It was put into place to look out for the best interests and protect the homeowner.
Comprehensive Mold Management is licensed as both a Mold Remediation Contractor and Mold Assessor. We would be happy to come out and evaluate your property and put together a custom plan just for you. Read more information on the mold law by clicking here.
You can verify a mold assessor or remediation license on the Department of Labor's website.
Here is information directly from the NYS Department of Labor in regards to Mold Assessments and Remediation:
How does the Department of Labor help with mold issues?
The Department of Labor makes sure that professionals who do mold assessments and remediation work have proper training, licenses and minimum work standards. Every mold cleanup project performed by professionals must follow these steps: assessment, remediation (clean up), clearance. The law protects consumers by barring licensed mold companies and their employees from doing both the assessment and remediation on the same property. One mold company and their employees may do the initial and post-cleanup clearance assessments, but a different company and their employees must do the actual cleanup work.
What is an assessment?
An assessment, or a mold remediation plan, is a document prepared by a mold professional. It identifies mold and serves as a guide for the cleanup project. It says what must be done, how it is to be done, and how you will be able to tell if all the mold has been removed. The specific requirements are listed in Section 945 of the Labor Law.
Am I entitled to a copy of the assessment?
Yes. If you hire a mold professional to do an assessment, you must be given a copy. The professional you hire to do the remediation work must also get a copy.
Does a mold assessor need to perform sampling as part of an assessment?
No. In most cases, air sampling and mold testing are not necessary. There are no national or state standards for “safe” levels of mold. Mold spores are a natural part of the environment and are always in the air and on surfaces. A thorough visual inspection is the most important step to identify mold problems and determine cleanup strategies. Before contractors perform any sampling or testing, ask what type of sampling or testing they wish to perform, why it is necessary, and what it will show that is not already known.
How much should an assessment cost?
The law does not say how much an assessment should cost. We recommend that you get estimates from different companies. If a contractor recommends testing as part of an assessment, you should have a clear understanding of the costs for that testing and exactly what the testing will show.
What does the Mold Remediation Contractor do?
The remediation contractor does the actual cleanup work. They must give you a mold remediation work plan. The work plan must fulfill all the requirements of the mold remediation plan developed through the assessment.
Hiring a Mold Professional
What should I know before hiring a mold professional?
As is true with all construction projects, the most important step is choosing your contractor. Contact more than one contractor for all work to
• For Mold Assessment: Make sure each contractor comes to the job site and bids on the same work. Before any work starts, you should have a clear understanding of the scope of work and the services the contractor will provide. You should understand and agree with the mold assessor’s remediation plan for acceptable work scope and job clearance. This may include sampling, recommended use of biocides or other chemicals, replacement of materials, and criteria to demonstrate clearance after the cleanup.
• For Mold Remediation: The work plan must fulfill all the requirements of the mold remediation plan developed through the assessment. The work plan should also have specific instructions and/or standard operating procedures for how the contractor will perform the cleanup work.
At Comprehensive Mold Management, we correct what caused the mold growth and then remove the mold. Once completed, we thoroughly HEPA-vacuum away the residual material, leaving the area clean and safe. All work is done in a confined, negative air pressure environment that prevents cross-contamination concerns. Removed debris is double-bagged and a second HEPA-vacuum cleaning is then performed to ensure the area is as clean as possible for you and your family.
Comprehensive Mold Management is committed to providing customers with the most detailed, cost-effective inspection plan available in the industry today. We recommend remediation only when required and take only the necessary actions. We advise our customers of the process from start-to-finish in language they can understand.