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Mold Allergies and What to Look For

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mold allergies can be illusive and leave one with the impression that they are coming down with a common cold. Symptoms like: sneezing, coughing, runny nose, hives, headaches, itching/ watery eyes, rashes and wheezing are among just a few of the symptoms one might experience if they are exposed to mold growth.

Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 12.24.23 PMTo know with certainty what is causing symptoms such as these, without proper testing is impossible. However, if there are signs of mold visibly inhabiting your home, it is likely just the tip of the iceberg (so to speak) and there is usually more lurking. An experienced Mold Remediation professional can help! Typically an Industrial Hygenist will first assess the areas that are suspect to mold growth. An Industrial Hygenist is a scientist and/or engineer committed to protecting the health and safety of people in a workplace or community. These professionals take air samples and samples from surfaces throughout the space and externally so as to have a baseline comparison for the samples taken inside. Ideally, the air samples from inside will be lower than those taken from the outside environment. Since mold is ubiquitous to our environments, it is safe to say that some mold is ok. If however, the Industrial Hygenist finds that after evaluation, there is mold growing in levels much higher than standard acceptable values, they will coordinate with the Mold Remediation provider to draw up a remediation plan to bring those levels back down to a healthy level.

High levels of mold in the home can lead to very serious health outcomes. It is always good to keep a watchful eye on each room in your home, and if you do see visible mold growth, have your home tested. MacFawn Fire and Flood Restoration is a full service provider and can help you to coordinate all that must be carried out to safely remediate your home(s) and business(es). call today for a consultation 1-877-MACFAWN.

Mold Encapsulation: Explained

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Many people wonder how mold is remediated. There are many ways to mitigate mold and encapsulation is one method that is used when mold is located in spaces that cannot be fully removed (structural beams for example). Encapsulation of mold works the same way as encapsulation adhesive would in an electrical circuit board. A thin coating of encapsulate is applied to a surface (usually porous) in which the mold has grown. The encapsulant is a coating that subjects the microbial matter to an environment in which it cannot survive; nearly a vacuum that eliminates oxygen and additional moisture from accumulating in any given area. The sealant can generally be applied in addition to other remediation efforts in order fully account for all surfaces that are affected by mold. Sealants used for encapsulation have antimicrobial properties as well, which further advance abatement endeavors.

It is important to remember that only a specialist versed in mold remediation should perform a task such as encapsulation or mold remediation & abatement. Generally speaking, the surface preparation (cleaning, sanding, ect.) can be a hazardous maneuver for the novice. Severe respiratory problems have been well documented in those exposed to mold spores. If you are interested in having a specialist talk with you more about preventive measures that can be taken to mitigate mold or if you work in a setting in which emergency management of a crisis is in place, we would be happy to schedule a formal educational program (without charge) anytime. Please call 1-877-MACFAWN to speak with our training team.

New Mold Legislation in 2016

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Monday, September 21, 2015

(New York) Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed in new legislation on July 28th 2015 that will require all Mold assessment, remediation and abatement employees to have state mandated training and certification. The new licensure and certification program will be delineated through the State Department of Labor. The agenda on this bill has been in progress throughout the year and is finally shaping up to be a crystal clear program with crystal clear requirements.

After some review of current training programmes provided by New York State, Mold was not amongst the programs. This begs the question of whether the January 2016 deadline for cooperation will remain in effect.

The licensing programme new standards that will govern mold assessment, remediation and abatement practices by licensed professionals, including:

  • Protection against fraud by prohibiting the performance of both the assessment and remediation on the same property by the same individual;
  • Protection against fraud by requiring an independent mold assessment to define the scope of the remediation work;
  • Identification of disinfectant products, consistent with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards;
  • Provision of personal protection equipment to employees, as necessary;
  • Posted notice of the project and the contractor’s licenses; and
  • Completion of a post-remediation assessment.

Finally, violations of the law will be civil penalties in amounts ranging from $2,000 to $10,000.

MacFawn Fire and Flood Restoration carries up-to-date certifications and professional network associations thereby ensuring the highest quality of service for our clients.

The Devious Effects of Mold and How it Can Effect Your Health

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Friday, September 18, 2015