So you found mold in your apartment, and the landlord promised to send a handyman to the apartment to remove the mold. That is fine, right?

Actually, maybe not. In many circumstances, there are specific protocols for how to remove mold. Experts in mold frequently rely upon the ANSI/IICRC S520 standards, which, among other things, govern how mold should be remediated. If these standards are not followed, the mold may come back.

For example, what if a handyman scrapes the mold from the wall? If no plastic barrier is installed, the mold scrapped off the wall might enter the air within your apartment and be spread about by the HVAC system. This would take a bad situation and make it worse.

Also, how do you know whether the handyman found and removed all the mold? Frequently, it is necessary to have the apartment tested after the mold is removed. That way, you know whether the apartment is safe.

In other words, removing mold is not a simple job. The mold should oftentimes be removed by a certified specialist in mold remediation.

If you believe your home has been contaminated with mold, I would be happy to meet with you. There is no charge for the first meeting.

Matthew D. Quinn, 919-754-1600,

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