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Mold Remediation.

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Mold is everywhere. And, it’s been around forever. So, why is it such a problem to us now? Indoor air quality problems abound because of it.

“Sick Building Syndrome” is the term used to describe metabolic gases emitted from molds and fungi. These, in turn, create breathing problems along with other respiratory infections. These molds and fungi are plentiful and can grow well inside of our buildings. In fact, there are over 10,000 species of molds alone!

Any place that is wet or damp from seepage or flooding can host them. In buildings, the spores spread easily and quickly because of natural built-in conduits for their movement—like corridors, ventilation systems and other convenient connectors.

These “volatile organic compounds” (VOC’s) contribute to the “Sick Building Syndrome” which certainly can he a health hazard to its occupants. The presence of certain molds and fungi can actually render a facility uninhabitable. If left uncontrolled, mold and fungi can also cause deterioration of wood, insulation and other building materials. It is imperative that knowledgeable and experienced professionals be consulted to curb this hazardous threat through remediation and removal.

LEC’s deep experience, rich knowledge and long-term process development in this environmental area is unique in the environmental services industry.
Remove contaminated porous materials, clean HVAC systems, treat contaminated surfaces without introducing more water, and ultimately provide an antimicrobial surface to prevent future contamination.
Mold on Wall
Restoration is an equally important part of LEC’s environmental services. The owner can choose to self-perform or use LEC.
Sheetrock Removal and Install
From sheetrock to “drop in” ceiling tiles to vinyl flooring, LEC can provide restoration services with it’s own skilled employees.
Drop ceiling install
High tech moisture testing assures of both mold detection and saving time.
Moisture Meter

New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Bureau of Environmental & Occupational Disease Epidemiology

 

Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation
of Fungi in Indoor Environments

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3. Remediation

In all situations, the underlying cause of water accumulation must be rectified or fungal growth will recur. Any initial water infiltration should be stopped and cleaned immediately. An immediate response (within 24 to 48 hours) and thorough clean up, drying, and/or removal of water damaged materials will prevent or limit mold growth. If the source of water is elevated humidity, relative humidity should be maintained at levels below 60% to inhibit mold growth.31Emphasis should be on ensuring proper repairs of the building infrastructure, so that water damage and moisture buildup does not recur.

Five different levels of abatement are described below. The size of the area impacted by fungal contamination primarily determines the type of remediation. The sizing levels below are based on professional judgement and practicality; currently there is not adequate data to relate the extent of contamination to frequency or severity of health effects. The goal of remediation is to remove or clean contaminated materials in a way that prevents the emission of fungi and dust contaminated with fungi from leaving a work area and entering an occupied or non-abatement area, while protecting the health of workers performing the abatement. The listed remediation methods were designed to achieve this goal, however, due to the general nature of these methods it is the responsibility of the people conducting remediation to ensure the methods enacted are adequate. The listed remediation methods are not meant to exclude other similarly effective methods. Any changes to the remediation methods listed in these guidelines, however, should be carefully considered prior to implementation.

Non-porous (e.g., metals, glass, and hard plastics) and semi-porous (e.g., wood, and concrete) materials that are structurally sound and are visibly moldy can be cleaned and reused. Cleaning should be done using a detergent solution. Porous materials such as ceiling tiles and insulation, and wallboards with more than a small area of contamination should be removed and discarded. Porous materials (e.g., wallboard, and fabrics) that can be cleaned, can be reused, but should be discarded if possible. A professional restoration consultant should be contacted when restoring porous materials with more than a small area of fungal contamination. All materials to be reused should be dry and visibly free from mold. Routine inspections should be conducted to confirm the effectiveness of remediation work.

The use of gaseous, vapor-phase, or aerosolized biocides for remedial purposes is not recommended. The use of biocides in this manner can pose health concerns for people in occupied spaces of the building and for people returning to the treated space if used improperly. Furthermore, the effectiveness of these treatments is unproven and does not address the possible health concerns from the presence of the remaining non-viable mold. For additional information on the use of biocides for remedial purposes, refer to the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists’ document, “Bioaerosols: Assessment and Control.”

3.1 Level I: Small Isolated Areas (10 sq. ft or less) – e.g., ceiling tiles, small areas on walls

      1. Remediation can be conducted by regular building maintenance staff. Such persons should receive training on proper clean up methods, personal protection, and potential health hazards. This training can be performed as part of a program to comply with the requirements of the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200).
      2. Respiratory protection (e.g., N95 disposable respirator), in accordance with the OSHA respiratory protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134), is recommended. Gloves and eye protection should be worn.
      3. The work area should be unoccupied. Vacating people from spaces adjacent to the work area is not necessary but is recommended in the presence of infants (less than 12 months old), persons recovering from recent surgery, immune suppressed people, or people with chronic inflammatory lung diseases (e.g., asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and severe allergies).
      4. Containment of the work area is not necessary. Dust suppression methods, such as misting (not soaking) surfaces prior to remediation, are recommended.
      5. Contaminated materials that cannot be cleaned should be removed from the building in a sealed plastic bag. There are no special requirements for the disposal of moldy materials.
      6. The work area and areas used by remedial workers for egress should be cleaned with a damp cloth and/or mop and a detergent solution.
      7. All areas should be left dry and visibly free from contamination and debris.

3.2 Level II: Mid-Sized Isolated Areas (10 – 30 sq. ft.) – e.g., individual wallboard panels.

      1. Remediation can be conducted by regular building maintenance staff. Such persons should receive training on proper clean up methods, personal protection, and potential health hazards. This training can be performed as part of a program to comply with the requirements of the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200).
      2. Respiratory protection (e.g., N95 disposable respirator), in accordance with the OSHA respiratory protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134), is recommended. Gloves and eye protection should be worn.
      3. The work area should be unoccupied. Vacating people from spaces adjacent to the work area is not necessary but is recommended in the presence of infants (less than 12 months old), persons having undergone recent surgery, immune suppressed people, or people with chronic inflammatory lung diseases (e.g., asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and severe allergies).
      4. The work area should be covered with a plastic sheet(s) and sealed with tape before remediation, to contain dust/debris.
      5. Dust suppression methods, such as misting (not soaking) surfaces prior to remediation, are recommended.
      6. Contaminated materials that cannot be cleaned should be removed from the building in sealed plastic bags. There are no special requirements for the disposal of moldy materials.
      7. The work area and areas used by remedial workers for egress should be HEPA vacuumed (a vacuum equipped with a High-Efficiency Particulate Air filter) and cleaned with a damp cloth and/or mop and a detergent solution.
      8. All areas should be left dry and visibly free from contamination and debris.

3.3 Level III: Large Isolated Areas (30 – 100 square feet) – e.g., several wallboard panels.

A health and safety professional with experience performing microbial investigations should be consulted prior to remediation activities to provide oversight for the project.

The following procedures at a minimum are recommended:

      1. Personnel trained in the handling of hazardous materials and equipped with respiratory protection, (e.g., N95 disposable respirator), in accordance with the OSHA respiratory protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134), is recommended. Gloves and eye protection should be worn.
      2. The work area and areas directly adjacent should be covered with a plastic sheet(s) and taped before remediation, to contain dust/debris.
      3. Seal ventilation ducts/grills in the work area and areas directly adjacent with plastic sheeting.
      4. The work area and areas directly adjacent should be unoccupied. Further vacating of people from spaces near the work area is recommended in the presence of infants (less than 12 months old), persons having undergone recent surgery, immune suppressed people, or people with chronic inflammatory lung diseases (e.g., asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and severe allergies).
      5. Dust suppression methods, such as misting (not soaking) surfaces prior to remediation, are recommended.
      6. Contaminated materials that cannot be cleaned should be removed from the building in sealed plastic bags. There are no special requirements for the disposal of moldy materials.
      7. The work area and surrounding areas should be HEPA vacuumed and cleaned with a damp cloth and/or mop and a detergent solution.
      8. All areas should be left dry and visibly free from contamination and debris.

If abatement procedures are expected to generate a lot of dust (e.g., abrasive cleaning of contaminated surfaces, demolition of plaster walls) or the visible concentration of the fungi is heavy (blanket coverage as opposed to patchy), then it is recommended that the remediation procedures for Level IV are followed.

3.4 Level IV: Extensive Contamination (greater than 100 contiguous square feet in an area)

A health and safety professional with experience performing microbial investigations should be consulted prior to remediation activities to provide oversight for the project. The following procedures are recommended:

      1. Personnel trained in the handling of hazardous materials equipped with:
        1. Full-face respirators with high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) cartridges
        2. Disposable protective clothing covering both head and shoes
        3. Gloves
      2. Containment of the affected area:
        1. Complete isolation of work area from occupied spaces using plastic sheeting sealed with duct tape (including ventilation ducts/grills, fixtures, and any other openings)
        2. The use of an exhaust fan with a HEPA filter to generate negative pressurization
        3. Airlocks and decontamination room
      3. Vacating people from spaces adjacent to the work area is not necessary but is recommended in the presence of infants (less than 12 months old), persons having undergone recent surgery, immune suppressed people, or people with chronic inflammatory lung diseases (e.g., asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and severe allergies).
      4. Contaminated materials that cannot be cleaned should be removed from the building in sealed plastic bags. The outside of the bags should be cleaned with a damp cloth and a detergent solution or HEPA vacuumed in the decontamination chamber prior to their transport to uncontaminated areas of the building. There are no special requirements for the disposal of moldy materials.
      5. The contained area and decontamination room should be HEPA vacuumed and cleaned with a damp cloth and/or mop with a detergent solution and be visibly clean prior to the removal of isolation barriers.
      6. Air monitoring should be conducted prior to occupancy to determine if the area is fit to reoccupy.

3.5 Level V: Remediation of HVAC Systems

3.5.1 A Small Isolated Area of Contamination (<10 square feet) in the HVAC System

      1. Remediation can be conducted by regular building maintenance staff. Such persons should receive training on proper clean up methods, personal protection, and potential health hazards. This training can be performed as part of a program to comply with the requirements of the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200).
      2. Respiratory protection (e.g., N95 disposable respirator), in accordance with the OSHA respiratory protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134), is recommended. Gloves and eye protection should be worn.
      3. The HVAC system should be shut down prior to any remedial activities.
      4. The work area should be covered with a plastic sheet(s) and sealed with tape before remediation, to contain dust/debris.
      5. Dust suppression methods, such as misting (not soaking) surfaces prior to remediation, are recommended.
      6. Growth supporting materials that are contaminated, such as the paper on the insulation of interior lined ducts and filters, should be removed. Other contaminated materials that cannot be cleaned should be removed in sealed plastic bags. There are no special requirements for the disposal of moldy materials.
      7. The work area and areas immediately surrounding the work area should be HEPA vacuumed and cleaned with a damp cloth and/or mop and a detergent solution.
      8. All areas should be left dry and visibly free from contamination and debris.
      9. A variety of biocides are recommended by HVAC manufacturers for use with HVAC components, such as, cooling coils and condensation pans. HVAC manufacturers should be consulted for the products they recommend for use in their systems.

3.5.2 Areas of Contamination (>10 square feet) in the HVAC System

A health and safety professional with experience performing microbial investigations should be consulted prior to remediation activities to provide oversight for remediation projects involving more than a small isolated area in an HVAC system. The following procedures are recommended:

    1. Personnel trained in the handling of hazardous materials equipped with:
      1. Respiratory protection (e.g., N95 disposable respirator), in accordance with the OSHA respiratory protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134), is recommended.
      2. Gloves and eye protection
      3. Full-face respirators with HEPA cartridges and disposable protective clothing covering both head and shoes should be worn if contamination is greater than 30 square feet.
    2. The HVAC system should be shut down prior to any remedial activities.
    3. Containment of the affected area:
      1. Complete isolation of work area from the other areas of the HVAC system using plastic sheeting sealed with duct tape.
      2. The use of an exhaust fan with a HEPA filter to generate negative pressurization.
      3. Airlocks and decontamination room if contamination is greater than 30 square feet.
    4. Growth supporting materials that are contaminated, such as the paper on the insulation of interior lined ducts and filters, should be removed. Other contaminated materials that cannot be cleaned should be removed in sealed plastic bags. When a decontamination chamber is present, the outside of the bags should be cleaned with a damp cloth and a detergent solution or HEPA vacuumed prior to their transport to uncontaminated areas of the building. There are no special requirements for the disposal of moldy materials.
    5. The contained area and decontamination room should be HEPA vacuumed and cleaned with a damp cloth and/or mop and a detergent solution prior to the removal of isolation barriers.
    6. All areas should be left dry and visibly free from contamination and debris.
    7. Air monitoring should be conducted prior to re-occupancy with the HVAC system in operation to determine if the area(s) served by the system are fit to reoccupy.
    8. A variety of biocides are recommended by HVAC manufacturers for use with HVAC components, such as, cooling coils and condensation pans. HVAC manufacturers should be consulted for the products they recommend for use in their systems.
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