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Setting the Standard: Rules for Cleaning Mold

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Setting the Standard: Rules for Cleaning Mold Small leak causes large mold issue in Redding Ridge,CT

Mold growth in your commercial property in Redding Ridge,CT, is not a problem you want to ignore. The EPA and OSHA set mold standards for commercial buildings, and the IICRC outlines professional cleaning requirements that technicians must follow to fully remediate the problem. The first decision that you as the building’s owner have to make is whether you can take care of the problem yourself or if you must hire someone to do it.

Assessing the Severity

The EPA gives several guidelines for property owners to decide if the assistance of mold remediation experts is in order. A small black mold problem can probably be handled with a strong detergent and fervent scrubbing. You will need to hire professionals, however, if the problem exhibits the following characteristics:

  • Covering an area larger than 10 square feet
  • Resulting from a contaminated water spill
  • Infiltrating the HVAC ducts

When you hire technicians to clean your building, it’s important that they understand federal mold standards. Make sure that they are certified for mold remediation and has experience dealing with such a problem.

Knowing the Process

The benefit of hiring certified technicians for the mold clean process is that they have been trained and tested on their ability to thoroughly rid your building of mold growth. They know the correct personal protective equipment to wear and how to contain the area so that the problem doesn’t spread. They are trained in different methods for combating fungus and can control air flow and resolve moisture issues so that the growth does not return. They understand how mold affects different surfaces and can adjust their removal method accordingly. The IICRC ensures that every technician that holds certification has earned it.

Removing mold growth from your commercial property may take a few days, but if you hire the right professionals, the problem should be resolved completely. The mold standards set by the EPA, OSHA and the IICRC are designed to make sure your building stays up to code.

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