Late summer months have proven to be the worst in terms of mold spore counts found in homes and businesses across the northeastern United States. For instance, residents in the state of New Jersey have experienced an even more potent mold spore count than usual according to weather.com’s daily Pollen Report. With concentrated volumes of mold spores entering homes during the most humid months of summer, local mold remediation experts have seen an exponential increase in contracted projects in the northeast.
Mold remediation is a fairly new concept to most property owners. In years past, the idea of a “damp, musty basement” was taken at face value. However, with many respiratory illness and allergic reactions now proven to be linked with toxic mold exposure, mold remediation is in high demand.
While some mold remediation service experts have had decades of experience assisting their communities with removing the toxic fungus from their homes and businesses, the industry is not as regulated as it should be. General contractors with a garbage pail, a handsaw, and a handshake can convince home and business owners to allow them to complete a mold remediation project without any proof that the service has been done safely and efficiently.
Property owners can shop a half-dozen contractors and get six different prices for mold remediation. Because federal law and the majority of state laws do not govern mold remediation, not all contactors have to follow safety and health standards to perform the work. Therefore, it is up to property owners to educate themselves on the value of service they are receiving by hiring the small contractor for $1,000.00 as opposed to the more reputable mold remediation specialist for $5,000.00 or more.
One of the biggest factors in price different is containment. Along with a slew of other factors that could endanger the health and welfare of property inhabitants, small contractors simply cannot afford to provide the equipment, the tools, and the experience necessary to set up proper containment by charging rock bottom prices for their service. Containing mold growth during remediation is key to preventing cross-contamination into other rooms as well as preventing potential illness.
Containment is more than setting up a plastic barrier for mold contractors to work in. The plastic barrier must be sealed properly to make sure the microscopic spores do not escape. Also, a negative air filtration unit with HEPA filters must be installed to purify the air and trap the majority of spores in its filtration system. The spores that are not filtered are then disbursed outdoors so that 100% of the live and dead spores left cannot grow inside the home or business.
Once an area is contained, technicians will have to work with personal protective gear covering all parts of their body, protecting their skin, eyes, and lungs. Precautions such as these must be exercised because mold exposure can cause congestion, respiratory issues, skin and eye irritation, and high fevers.
The mold is scrubbed and eradicated with EPA-approved bio scrubs to ensure safe and healthy remediation. The dead spores, and any live ones left behind, are then vacuumed into HEPA filters while the room is dehumidified.
While fitting mold removal into a family or business budget is key, getting the right value for the money spent is even more important. Property owners should never be scared to ask questions about mold removal processes. While hiring a smaller contractor may appear to be saving a few dollars at first, the repercussions could be extremely costly in the long run should mold cross-contaminate other areas of the home or office and cause health issues amongst inhabitants of the property.