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Mold can create considerable problems for homeowners looking to protect the health of their families as well as the value of their property.
At some point, every property owner will require Mold remediation services.
Mold caused by water damage can create long-term problems for any structure.
Getting a Mold Remediation Certification positions you to offer a needed service to a large customer demographic.
This article will detail everything you need to know about:
The most common forms of mold are:
Mold is typically found in:
Generally, mold can be identified by smell or by discolorations on walls.
Places with humid climates and that experience heavy rainfall or hurricanes typically have a lot of mold growth.
Mold exposure primarily affects infants, small children, the elderly and people whose immune systems have been neutralized from diseases such as:
In small amounts, mold can largely be harmless but may still cause allergic reactions for some people.
Those who are particularly sensitive to mold exposure may experience:
Untreated mold can significantly affect the value of property.
Extensive water damage and mold growth may require entire portions of a house to be replaced.
If the structural integrity or foundation of a property has been damaged beyond repair, it can in some cases result in a home being condemned.
In a home sale situation, a home inspector will immediately identify mold issues and recommend remediation as a solution.
Insurance companies normally don’t cover mold damage if It is found to be from a preventable leak or flooding.
If the insurance company finds that the mold is come from a maintenance issues you can almost guarantee it won’t be covered.
However, in the event that the repairs are covered, mold remediation companies in some cases can bill the insurance company directly for the services.
What is Mold Remediation?
It is important to remember that Mold is microscopic and exists in various forms all around us and is a naturally occurring part of our environment.
Businesses and contractors often use a variety of terms in reference to mold remediation.
Common terms like mold remediation, mold removal, mitigation, inspection, and abatement are used interchangeably.
They all essentially mean the same thing when it comes to the work a mold specialist does.
Some of the duties of Mold Remediation contractors include:
Mold remediation is almost always required at some point during the lifespan of a residential or commercial structure.
High levels of moisture can affect everything from the foundation to the roof, electrical, plumbing and more.
Being aware of how to treat and remove mold to complete your job duties are skills all tradesman should have.
Mold Remediation is regulated on a state by state basis.
Currently, the only states that have mold remediation licenses are:
On a Federal level, the Environmental Protection Agency provides education on mold and how to identify it in your home.
In California, the CDPH provides information on best practices for mold remediation in a workplace setting.
When it comes to actual training and certification courses, the most widely respected non-government affiliated association is the:
Mold Inspection Consulting and Remediation Organization
There are several schools and associations around the country that offer mold remediation courses and certifications, find out which course makes the most sense for you depending on where you live.
A Mold Remediation course should cover the following topics:
Mold Remediation classes are usually a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on activities.
When choosing a Mold Remediation course, it is important to ensure that the certification offered is recognized in the industry.
If you are in a state that has Mold Remediation licensing or specific requirements, it will be important to make sure the course you choose does not conflict with your state law.
The cost of getting certified largely depends on your state and where you choose to take a course.
If you have received your certification through a private school or association, than most likely you wont need to renew the certification.
However, if you have received your mold remediation license in Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Maryland, or Louisiana then you may be required to pay a renewal fee or take a re test at some point.
Opportunities in the Mold Remediation Industry
Full containment is the process of containing and isolating mold spores.
If you are a licensed contractor with your own business getting mold certified is a smart decision.
Contractors already working in a residential and commercial setting, that exactly how to treat mold when it is present make themselves more valuable.
Having as many certifications as you can, will position you as the expert in your industry and raise the level of confidence your clients have in you.
Detailed information on the basics of forming a business, insurance and the equipment you will need to operate on a professional level are all found here.
Investing in your continuing education is the most valuable thing you can do as a construction professional.
Use this article as a reference guide for you when researching a career in mold remediation.
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