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, howit is to be done, and how you will be able to tell if all the mold has been removed.
Mold Assessments are required, and must be conducted PRIOR to remediation, and must be performed by a company that is independent from the remediator.
Typically we charge $300 for a mold assessment, which incudes first site visit & return trip to verify completeion of remediation. Travel time may apply if outside Monroe County.
What is Mold?
Mold is a multi-cellular fungus, similar to mushrooms and yeast. Mold can be different colors, and look fuzzy, slimy, or powdery.
It often has a musty odor when present in large amounts. Mold requires three things to grow: • water/moisture, • organic food source (paper, fabric, drywall, etc.), and • proper temperature.
The presence of mold means there is too much moisture. Moisture problems can be caused by: • plumbing leaks • leaking roofs or windows • high humidity • flooding • condensation due to poor ventilation or insulation
It is impossible to ‘mold proof’ your house. However, you can manage mold growth by controlling indoor humidity levels and fixing water leakage problems. To prevent mold from coming back in the future, you must fix the underlying source of moisture.
If I want to clean up mold, do I need to hire a mold professional?
No. Mold issues can often be fixed by the property owner. However, if you are sensitive to mold, not interested in cleaning up the mold, or are not capable of cleaning the mold, you can hire mold professionals.
Does New York require a property owner to clean up mold when it is found?
No, there is no cleanup requirement for property owners. However, if a property owner chooses to hire a mold professional, those professionals must follow the requirements of the law.