Mold assessment and removel services from McLaughlin Environmental

Mold Can Be Found Anywhere

Mold is a natural part of our environment, and the microscopic spores they produce are everywhere. Under the right conditions, those spores will germinate and begin to grow very quickly, potentially resulting in extensive growth in 24 to 48 hours.

Common places where indoor mold growth can be found include improperly ventilated attics, areas with improperly installed insulation, crawlspaces, areas with plumbing leaks, flooded areas, and so on.

A mold inspector checking mold growth on drywall.

The Dangers of Indoor Mold

Besides just being unpleasant, mold is also potentially dangerous. Some people have sensitivities to mold and can experience Hay Fever like symptoms year-round. In the cases of infants, the elderly, asthmatics, and people with suppressed immune systems or lung disease can have much more severe issues. Mold may even be linked to respiratory illnesses in otherwise healthy children. Research in this area is still developing, so all mold should be treated as hazardous for the safety of your family.

Infamous Black Mold (Stachybotrys chartarum)

Black mold earned an ominous reputation after being connected to a cluster of acute pulmonary hemorrhage/hemosiderosis (bleeding of the lungs) cases among infants in Cleveland, Ohio in 1994. Black mold is less common than many other types of mold, but it is not rare. While research into the connection between black mold and major health problems is still ongoing, it should be treated similarly to other serious health threats like asbestos, lead, and radon.

Conditions Which Promote Mold Growth

Mold needs two essential ingredients to take up residence in your home: moisture and food. Moisture is provided through flooding, plumbing leaks, poor ventilation, and improperly installed insulation among other things.

Mold grows best on organic materials that can hold water like building materials containing cellulose. That includes wood, drywall, and anything containing paper or natural fibers. However, mold growth can also occur on other materials such as plastics, metals, and concrete as long there is a food source such as a biofilm (a film of organic material residue including dirt, skin cells, oils, food waste, etc).

What Can You Do About Mold?

As we mentioned before, mold spores are everywhere. It's just a question of what types of mold spores are present and whether or not there are moisture and food. Unfortunately, the process of eliminating a mold problem is complicated. If you suspect that you might have a mold problem, then the first step is to get a mold assessment from a NYS Licensed New York Mold Assessor. Note that the company that performs the mold remediation must be a different company than the one performing the mold assessment, according to New York State Law.

A patch of mold growth on a wall.

Mold Assessments

The job of a Licensed Mold Assessor is to inspect the property to discover and confirm the existence of mold and to provide an itemized Mold Remediation Plan. The mold remediation plan includes the areas where work will be performed, estimated quantities of materials to be cleaned or removed, the methods of remediation, proper clearance procedures, cost and time estimates for the project, and more.

After the remediation project has been completed, the Mold Assessor will perform another assessment to ensure that the area is free of visible mold and that all work has been completed per the remediation plan. Once the post-remediation assessment is completed, the Mold Assessor will provide either a Clearance Report or a final status report.

We offer NYS Licensed Mold Assessment Services in Albany and surrounding communities.

Mold Remediation

The responsibility for cleaning and removing the mold belongs to the Licensed Mold Remediator. The Mold Remediator will provide you with a Mold Remediation Work Plan that must fulfill all of the requirements outlined in the Mold Remediation Plan from the mold assessment.

The steps performed during a mold remediation project vary depending on the location and severity of the mold. The following items are some common tasks that may be involved:

  • Sanitizing affected areas
  • Mechanical removal of mold growth
  • Removing affected material such as sheetrock, carpeting, insulation, etc.
  • A vacuuming of heavy mold growth
  • Encapsulating structural members where necessary
  • Solving ventilation issues
  • Solving moisture issues

For your peace of mind, we are insured and licensed in the removal and remediation of mold, and these services will be performed following state and local regulations.

We offer NYS Licensed Mold Remediation Services in Albany and surrounding communities.

For mold assessment and remediation services give us a call at (518) 389-5449 or get your FREE estimate.