Mold remediation is the process of removing molds from the affected area. Mold can be toxic and cause major health problems, like asthma, rashes, or nausea. Toxic mold often affects places, such as homes, schools, or workplaces. The most common places for mold to grow are:
There are many different types of mold that could be present in your home. Generally the homeowner or tenant can remove small amounts of harmless mold. However, you will probably need the expertise of hazardous materials removal workers when toxic mold infests your house or apartment. These workers are trained to take special precautions to protect themselves and the surrounding areas from being contaminated by the mold.
Most states now have laws specifically designed to ensure that mold remediators in those states are adequately trained and licensed. If you are still hesitant, check the mold remediator's credentials against what your state's law requires.
Currently, there are no federal laws that provide standards for residential buildings. But, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does provide guidelines for mold remediation in schools and commercial buildings. Also, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provide the standards and guidelines on mold in the workplace.
Some states have passed laws regarding mold standards and the guidelines are specifically about indoor-air quality. For example, California’s Toxic Mold Protection Act of 2001 has established remediation standards for landlords, owners, and contractors. It also requires landlords to disclose to current and prospective tenants about known mold problems.
Yes. If you are a tenant whose landlord refuses to hire a mold remediator, an experienced landlord-tenant lawyer will be able to advise you of your rights. If you are a homeowner with a mold problem and your insurance company will not pay, consult a lawyer who will be able to help you assert your rights and keep your home safe.
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