You’ve identified the mold problem and called for removal services. The work, however, doesn’t end there. Have a professional conduct a follow-up inspection of your apartment, townhouse, or home. They can help determine if the mold cleanup process was successful and did not disperse hazardous levels of mold in the air.
The Inspection Process
Aside from performing a comprehensive visual examination of the property, the clearance inspector should present a documented report of the findings to the landlord, homeowner, or apartment manager. It’s also essential that the clearance inspector carry out tests for possible cross-contamination of mold-laden dust by checking areas not part of the original mold cleanup job. The final inspection process should consist of:
A visual check for mold cleaning completeness
Mold screening tests for possible contamination in and outside the affected areas
Making note of any ongoing condition that may place the property at risk of a new mold problem
Sending test samples for lab processing and disseminating the findings to those concerned
Who Should Do the Inspection?
To achieve continuity and prevent a potential conflict of interest, experts remind property owners to go with the same business that conducted the initial mold inspection. As with the starting procedure, the clearance inspector must have no financial or business relationship with the company that conducted the mold removal.
Additionally, although there are a number of businesses claiming that they can conduct all four procedures in mold inspection, the likelihood of engaging inexperienced or unqualified businesses is very high in this industry. So, be sure to check a company’s references carefully before hiring them.
Rebuilding the Property
Once the clearance inspector provides the go-signal, homeowners can now rebuild or repair areas of the property affected by the mold removal procedure. Depending on the extent of the damage, homeowners or tenants may not resume normal activities in affected areas until new construction and repairs are complete.
Ensuring that the affected areas are free from mold is vital, as people moving to areas not properly cleared may develop serious health problems due to mold inhalation. Take care to stay on top of the mold inspection follow-up process.