On January 1, 2016, all mold remediation companies and their workers must be certified and licensed by New York State. The new law also requires licensing to perform mold inspections and remediation.
During the winter, being sealed up inside also means that you are also sealed in with any mold that may exist in your home. Damp basements, bathrooms and closets can all harbor mildew and mold. When you are indoors for the cold season with the windows closed and the heat running, your exposure to allergens will spike.
H&H Environmental Construction and Consulting serves both the residential and commercial mold needs of New York City. We are often contacted by residents about mold testing and remediation in their apartment buildings. They want to know what they can do about mold infestation and how this may relate to their landlords.
The key to controlling mold growth in commercial buildings, office buildings, manufacturing areas and schools is to prevent moisture problems before they start. Here are some tips to reduce water and moisture and keep your place free from contamination.
Mold spores are everywhere. It can be found outdoors, indoors, at home and at work. Mold in office buildings and other commercial buildings is actually common. In fact, no indoor space is completely free from mold spores – not even a hospital’s surgical operating room. The question that is often asked is how much mold exists, and whether it is something that is effecting your workers, residents and customers.
Attic ventilation is critical to maintaining even attic temperatures throughout the year. In the summer, proper ventilation vents excess heat. In the winter, it prevents the buildup of excess moisture and accumulation of water condensation.
Mold is an environmental problem in rental apartments across the nation. As a renter or a tenant, you have a right to have a mold problem remediated in a timely manner. Because exposure to spores can lead to chronic and severe health problems, living in a mold-infested apartment presents many problems, legal and otherwise.
Mold grows anywhere that there is a food source and moisture. Add in the warm temperature and humidity of a bathroom, and you have the perfect environment for mildew and mold growth.