The mold remediation industry is mostly unregulated field. Recently, the State of Florida passed licensing for anyone performing mold inspections, testing or remediation. This has set some standards for the remediation companies performing mold abatement. While, this is a good first step, there are no government set standards or procedures in dealing with mold removal. The EPA has a set of guidelines detailing mold remediation work in schools and commercial buildings.
When choosing a mold remediation contractor, please do your homework. Ask the remediator what associations they belong to. See if they are certified through any mold-related organizations like the ACAC. This will ensure that the people performing your mold removal have a general knowledge of mold and mildew handling.
The best way to handle a mold issue is having a certified mold inspector to evaluate the project first and write a remediation protocol. This will help provide a checks and balance system to ensure that only the needed work is completed. The mold assessor will perform a moisture survey and will write a report stating the building materials requiring removal. The protocol will also dictate post remediation testing requirements, also referred to as clearance testing.
If you are in Orlando, FL or the Central Florida area and have experienced water damage or mold growth, contact Elite Mold Services for more information about your situation.