Serious Mold Inspection or Cleanup Mistakes
The number one error is the failure to protect the inspector, worker, or occupants, from toxic or allergenic mold that may be disturbed and brought to elevated levels during inspection and testing. These error includes failure to wear proper protective equipment during inspection and remediation work, and failure to establish and maintain adequate dust control measures during a mold remediation project.
The second example often results in an extended and unnecessarily costly mold cleanup job, while the first example can lead to temporary or even more serious illness of the inspector or occupants.
Failure to find and remove the problem mold in a building.
Too often, incomplete inspection, incompetent testing, or hasty “magic bullet” approaches to mold remediation result in incomplete work, and often they even result in removing materials that were not the mold problem while leaving the problem mold in place.We have reviewed too many projects for which the building owners have paid a high fee for work that did little or nothing to remove the mold problem.
Mold Cleanup Project Containment Failures
Perhaps the most common mold remediation project failure after failing to properly and thoroughly inspect and diagnose the locations and causes of mold reservoirs prior to starting work, is failure to properly control dust and debris caused by demolition and removal of moldy materials such as carpeting, drywall, or plaster.
Reliance on shortcuts for mold inspection, mold testing, and mold remediation
Examples: Sole reliance on infra-red inspection or mold sniffing dogs or air tests to find mold in buildings, inadequate dry out methods after flooding in buildings, and use of bleach or fungicides as a substitute for actual cleaning or removal of problem mold. These type of measures are ineffective and in some cases, they can be dangerous for building occupants.