Growing in walls, old books, wet documents and old carpets, mold is a problem that invades homes, schools and businesses when there is any hint of humidity. This summer the Florida Mold Bill became a law to establish standards for professionals who do mold assessments and perform remediation services in the state.
When you find a mold infestation, according to the state of Florida, there are three things you should do:
1. Make sure the remediation specialist holds an American Council Accredited Certification. This agency provides remediation contractor licenses for several states.
2. Make sure the remediation professional has liability insurance coverage that has a mold specific pollution-liability rider.
3. Keep in mind that the state you are in may not allow the contractor who performs the mold assessment be the same contractor who remediates the mold. This helps make sure there is a high level of accountability among contractors to make sure mold is remediated according to the state protocols in place, damage to property is prevented, there are less chances for economic injuries and health risks are reduced.
When it comes to mold damage in a home or building, individuals should take measures to ensure safety and welfare, particularly when it comes to those with weakened immune systems, young children and the elderly.