NYS Wants to Clean Up Mold—the Right Way

Mold Legislation on the Move
New York State lawmakers recently approved legislation that would require the licensing of mold inspection, assessment and remediation specialists, ensuring that only properly trained, licensed professionals would be able to conduct mold assessments and abatement/remediation services. The bill has bipartisan support and is now with Governor Cuomo for ratification.

Currently in New York State, certification is not required to conduct mold assessments or remediation activities. If the bill becomes law, applicants will need to complete state-approved courses to obtain certification, and they will need to keep their certifications current through ongoing education. Mold remediation companies will also have to maintain workers compensation and liability insurance requirements of $50,000+!

A Long Time in the Making
The state has been working for several years on this bull, spurred on in large part by the $18 billion in damages caused by Super Storm Sandy in 2012. Not only was mold an issue initially for many homes and businesses immediately following the flooding and destruction, it is an ongoing problem—and health concern—today because of incompetent or negligent contractors. In many cases, these contractors “fixed” the damaged buildings without making proper examinations or taking proper precautions.

Many rebuilt homes are now seeing signs of mold re-growth, forcing homeowners to begin the remediation process all over again—and in some cases, prompting them to take legal action.
The proposed bill will prevent unscrupulous contractors from taking advantage of those in dire situations by ensuring that only the most educated, qualified and well-intentioned specialists are practicing mold remediation.

Mold Masters
At EnviroTech, our top priority is the safety of your home and family. As a fully certified and insured mold remediation company, we see mold everywhere; we know that it doesn’t just exist as a result of major storms. It’s quite resilient and needs just the basics in order to grow and thrive:

1. Humidity or a moisture source
2. Stagnant air (ironically, those homes designed for optimal energy efficiency are particularly susceptible to mold growth)
3. Organic material on which to grow and feed

If it’s not assessed and treated properly, mold can cause many health issues, some severe. If you suspect that you have a mold issue, your best option is to call a professional. And until this new legislation is passed, make sure that you hire a legitimate, certified specialist to get the job done right the first time.

To learn more about the bill or read it in its entirety, and to follow its progress, visit the Indoor Environments Connection website by clicking here.