Post Remediation Verification In Home & Businesses
So you just finished one of the largest and most expensive projects in your home, and if you have read my other sections on airborne mold being “invisible to the human eye” you are now left wondering, is it all gone? Did they do a good job? Rest assured there is what is known as a post-remediation verification that will answer just that.
A PRV, also known as a post-remediation verification is exactly what it sounds like. Once the job is completed, it is a visit to the site to make sure that all work was done successfully, that Industry Standard was followed, and that more importantly the affected area was returned to normal fungal ecology levels. Again, there is mold everywhere and no company will have ever removed it all. The goal of any remediation is to return the affected area to “normal fungal ecology levels”.
The most important part of the post-remediation verification is that it is done BEFORE materials are put back. If you had a ton of drywall taken out, and then they put it back and now you are wondering if all was done correctly, the PRV will be 100% times harder, less accurate, and if the remediation was found to not be done correctly, you guessed it, all of that drywall is coming back out again. This is a headache and expense that no one wants to incur, and happens more often than not.
In the ideal world, your post-remediation verification is scheduled at the start of work so that we may come indirectly after the remediation is complete. This will greatly speed up the rebuild process and have you on your way to reuse your space in a much timelier manner than if you wait. We will be asking for any and all information concerning the project if we did not write the original scope of work. This will help us better understand the root of the problem, what was done to correct the root, and what remediation procedures were followed. If you have any before pictures or the estimate from the remediation company we will most likely ask for copies of them as well to get a complete picture. If you do not have any of this information, we will simply go from there and work with you to gather all.
Once we have collected all background information, we will inspect the previously affected area. A post-remediation verification can be either visual, or a variety of sampling can be taken. Usually, sampling is only taken however if prior samples were collected for comparison. If prior samples were not taken, sampling is usually not done unless strictly requested by the homeowner. During a post-remediation verification we will be assessing the overall cleanliness of the site, equipment on-site, the effectiveness of containment, and be looking for visible signs of fungal growth. It is common during these inspections that there will be some staining left from mold growth if the growth was heavy. Rest assured this does not mean that the remediation was not successful, it only means that there is staining left behind from the moisture in the growth. Remember, mold comes from moisture, and moisture does leave staining. I like to have homeowners think of it as that wonderful “coffee cup ring” that will forever be left on the end table. You can clean it a million times, but it simply will not go away. While there are some companies that use special chemicals for stain removal, these chemicals often omit harsh VOC’s and add another environmental issue to the home.
Moisture readings will also be taken at this time to ensure that all materials were dried to the industry standard for the specific type of material. If they are still wet, or fungal growth was missed, the remediation company will have to return to the site to address the issues at hand. Documentation will be given to the company as well as a performance-based scope.
Many in the industry refer to the above as a remediation “falling”, and we like to simply look at it as additional cleaning still needs to happen. While no one likes to have to come back to a job site to do more work, it does happen from time to time, especially on larger jobs.
Equipment is usually left in place until the post-remediation verification is completed to ensure that no further work needs to be completed before it can be removed. While the equipment may be loud, and the containment an eyesore, the last thing we want is to take down or remove it to quickly and contaminate unaffected areas. If the inspection passes, only then can equipment be removed and containment taken down. On a side note, some chose to leave containment up as it will cut down on rebuild debris and dust traveling to areas outside of the containment. We have all seen a general contractor’s containment, so use your remediation companies, as they usually have it as airtight as it will ever possibly be and consider it your bonus!
Once the post-remediation verification is completed, a report will be put together documenting all the was completed and passing the remediation. At this juncture and no sooner can the rebuilding begin and you can begin to get your home or office back to pre-loss condition.
If this seems like a lot, or if you are in doubt, the post-remediation verification is always recommended to put all parties mind at ease and we are more than happy to answer any additional questions you may have. A remediation no matter how big or small if not done properly, can cause even more problems than were first present.