Mold infestation is harmful to your health in that upon prolonged exposure, it impacts the airways by making them produce so much mucus, hence making it difficult to breathe. Mold exposure has been known to be amongst the leading cause of majority of allergies and some other respiratory related problems. For this reason, the government and local authorities require that homes be inspected for mold presence, remediated and finally cleared. A mold clearance test means that after the inspection and remediation, the house is declared safe or unsafe for human habitation. This article looks at some tips to pass a mold clearance test.
- Early Post Remediation Testing
The trick to passing a mold clearance test is not to show the clearance inspector that the house had a mold remediation performed on it, but it is all about ensuring that the clearance inspector notices and acknowledges that the remediation company did some great remediation work. One of the ways to ensure this is by scheduling the remediation work early enough to allow the standard time, set by the clearance inspectors. Most of them recommend that the remediation work should be done early enough, usually 24 hours before the clearance inspection is done.
They also recommend that post remediation should not be done too late in that it interferes with the standard set wait time of 24 hours before the clearance test is conducted. The essence of this wait time is to allow the air in the house to settle, hence easier collection of samples.
- Leave the Containment Barriers On
The containment barrier is good evidence to the clearance inspector that the remediation work was done. Bringing it down too soon may raise suspicion on the part of the clearance inspector in that you do not want them to know how the remediation company did their work. This is where both the homeowner and the remediation company shoot themselves in the feet since the clearance inspector looks at the containment barrier to ascertain if the remediation job was good or a shoddy one.
- Shut Down the Air Scrubber Machine
If the air scrubber machine is running, the air will not be able to settle down and allow the standard time the clearance inspector has set; 24 hours before the clearance test. A running air scrubber machine means that if there is debris that was not previously cleaned thoroughly, it will be blown and spread all over the room and finally the whole house. This happens especially if the machine was not vented outside. It therefore means that you and your remediation company will have shot yourself in the feet again because even spores of mold from outside will be blown back into the house and the inspector will not be able to distinguish quality of air from outside and that in the house. A running air scrubber machine may also blow in debris from outside back into the house and this will be an evidence of a botch remediation job.
- Shut Down the Doors and Windows
Open windows and doors blow in air from outside the house. This might bring in mold spores with it and contaminate the already remediated hence more costs on your part since the remediation work will need to be repeated. In addition, wind from outside the house may bring debris with it, and this will impact negatively on the part of the clearance inspector since they will conclude that a botch remediation work was done. But the main concern with leaving the windows and doors open is that wind from outside the house will not allow for air to settle, which is a requirement for a successful mold clearance test.
A mold clearance test is aimed to ascertain the levels of mold present in the house to determine if it is fit for humans to live in. There is no such thing as perfectly mold clear house. Some bits of mold spores will have to be present, either from within the house or from outside the house. Whether you pass or fail a mold clearance test will solely determine on the prowess of the remediation contractor you hired. If they are inexperienced, the inspector will keep ordering for repeat remediation, thus costing you extra money. To avoid such cases, check a contractor’s review and rates so that you hire a good one and save yourself some money. You should also implement the aforementioned tips to ensure you pass the test.