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What A Technician Should Know About Mould Remediation

Mould remediation is a topic that technicians in the inspection, cleaning, and repair industry should get to know well. Many people have issues with mould all over the world—after all, when a house or business is too humid or too moist for too long, one can often expect to find the fungus. And not only is this fungus unsightly, it can damage most anything it grows on. Most importantly, inhalation of certain types of mould over time can lead to a variety of serious health problems.

As a result, mould remediation is often in high demand. Yet these issues can be tough to solve without the right background. Technicians interested in this topic should take an IICRC-approved course that will not only train a technician in tackling the toughest fungi out there, but also clearly display to customers that their technicians have the necessary background to handle their problem in the most professional, safe, and efficient manner possible.

What is Mould, Exactly?

Mould is a fungus that can be a real nuisance to homeowners. While it can appear in a variety of colors, it is perhaps best known for appearing as a dark splotch on a ceiling or wall. If a property owner sees the fungus on a painted wall surface, he or she should be concerned about what may be on the other side of the wall as— it’s quite possible that it’s much worse there.

A variety of common problems can lead to mold growth. Many of these problems may not be immediately visible. The environment within the walls of a home can easily become a haven for rampant mould growth if humid and moist conditions exist within a home’s walls (due to a leaky pipe, for example). This fungus loves moisture and will readily grow whenever and wherever the conditions are right.

Solving this problem can be very tricky and can easily get out of control—this is one situation where homeowners are certainly better off contacting a professional while the problem can be readily contained.

IICRC Certifications and Mould Remediation

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a standards developing organization for the restoration and cleaning industries. The IICRC offers serious technicians certification through IICRC-approved courses in the United States, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. This includes several courses designed for technicians who are willing to take on the challenges of treating troublesome fungi with the best knowledge and tools available.

Perhaps the best place for technicians to start on this topic is Health and Safety Technician (HST). As mentioned above, exposure to mould can be a serious health hazard. Not only does HST assist with ensuring the personal safety of technicians working with fungus, it can potentially save a company substantial amounts of money in workplace safety violation penalties and fines.

Additionally, insurance companies are likely to greet certification in mould remediation practices as welcome news. Staying ahead in health and safety will continue to give a company a leg up on the competition.

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