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The Purpose Of A Professional Mold Remediation Reference Guide

Since 2008, technicians have relied on the pages of the IICRC’s Professional Mold Remediation Reference Guide as a tool to assist in the removal of fungus from homes and businesses.

Officially titled the S520-2008 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation, the manual is the product of a three-year effort by a team of health experts, microbiologists, restorers, traded associations and other authorities in the industry. Under the watchful eye of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), experts share their combined practical and theoretical expertise within the pages of the handbook. The Professional Mold Remediation Reference Guide is the authoritative syllabus on fungal remediation, a knowledge-base geared toward technicians who find themselves faced with the challenge of correcting infestation in residential or commercial structures.  

The Professional Mold Remediation Reference Guide discusses subjects like fungal ecology for example, explaining the biology behind this type of fungus whose spores are commonly airborne and thrive on moist surfaces. Some species propagate in dry conditions, but many prefer moist environments. Such conditions can manifest themselves in the home due to a pipe leak, flooding, excessive humidity or a host of other reasons that may contribute to moisture inside a building. Mildew frequently festers in carpets, inside walls, on wooden surfaces and insulation materials.

The IICRC document advises how to properly inspect and evaluate a building for possible fungal infestation and also explains standard remediation principles, making for an easy reference guide for professionals tasked with implementing the most safe and effective way in ridding a building of fungus. In addition, the manual expounds on complications and difficulties technicians may encounter in the removal process. Insurance and administrative topics are covered as well, as are chapters on tools and equipment and limitations.

Fungal infestation inside a home or business can lead to adverse health effects in its occupants
. In some cases, health dangers can be severe. People’s susceptibility to fungal spores varies, and once settled inside a building, mold quickly becomes pervasive as the spores disperse -- to a greater or lesser extent -- throughout. In mild cases, the fungi may cause allergic reactions such as sinus problems, skin or eye irritation, and sore throats. In more severe cases, the fungi can aggravate or initiate respiratory problems such as asthma, affect the nervous system causing memory loss and mood changes, and cause a general feeling of malaise. Adverse health effects on children and the elderly are of special concern.
The Professional Mold Remediation Reference Guide explains that while some fungi produce allergens, others (such as the species commonly known as black mold) release toxins as part of their defense mechanism, especially when disturbed by hand or through airflow. The manual describes protective precautions technicians must take when performing removal strategies. Most importantly, the booklet emphasizes that even non-viable spores remain toxigenic and allergenic even in a “dead” state. Treating the spores with a bleach solution is not enough. Removal of all materials that have been affected by the infestation is crucial to restoring healthy living and working conditions in a building.

The Professional Mold Remediation Reference Guide is a learning tool that directs and counsels technicians every step of the way. The manual can be purchased on the IICRC website.

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