SI Restoration Reviews New Bill Set to Establish Mold Regulations in New Jersey

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Residential and commercial property owners suffering from the toxic effects of mold growth in New Jersey desperately seek regulated remediation practices to protect their properties and health. SI Restoration, a leading authority in the mold remediation industry since 1989, weighs in on the recently proposed bill (A-3773) which will set new standards for the restoration industry.

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The legislation of the new bill A-3773 will... set limits on mold exposure to residential and commercial buildings, careful investigation of the building in question, and determine standard practices for mold inspectors.

Much like other citizens in similar situations across the US, residents and commercial property owners in New Jersey feel that they are at a disadvantage regarding protection from suspect mold remediation practices. While events like Superstorm Sandy have spawned crippling amounts of mold infestation in homes and businesses up and down the New Jersey coast, residents have been at the mercy of indoor toxic fungus for as long as people populated homes. Molds naturally grow both indoors and outdoors on a regular basis. However, when levels of toxic fungus are higher indoors as opposed to their outdoor counterparts, indoor air quality can deteriorate to the point of causing serious allergic reactions and illness.

SI Restoration, a residential and commercial mold remediation expert that has been servicing their community since 1989, has recently discovered the proposal of a bill (A-3773) by Assemblywoman Celeste Riley which will allow New Jersey to “follow suit” in the crusade to provide Americans with protective regulations regarding mold removal.

While reputable contractors like SI Restoration practice industry standards like the IICRC’s S520 Guidelines for Mold Remediation, a majority of the industry is littered with inconsistency and unsafe practices. According to the IICRC, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, mold removal practices require precision and skill that can only be learned with rigorous training and testing. Along with the use of certified technicians who are properly protected by gear like goggles, respirators, gloves, boots, and coveralls, certified practices include the use of OSHA approved biowashes and scrubs, negative air filtration, HEPA filtered vacuums, and containment.

The legislation of the new bill A-3773 will ensure that practices like these become regulated by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (in conjunction with the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services). These regulations will set limits on mold exposure to residential and commercial buildings, careful investigation of the building in question, and determine standard practices for mold inspectors.

According to a statement made by Assemblywoman Riley on nj.com, “Mold can exacerbate health problems including asthma and allergies in children, and currently there are no standards to control its harmful potential.” Reputable remediation contractors will continue to exercise as many safeguards as possible before the bill is officially passed. In the meantime, it is up to property owners to investigate their contractor before hiring them and entrusting their services to their most valuable investment.

About SI Restoration:

For more than 22 years, SI Restoration has provided water damage, fire restoration, mold remediation/removal, hoarding cleanup, flood restoration repair, smoke damage and other restoration services. The company services commercial, industrial and residential customers with an IICRC certified staff. To learn more about SI Restoration, please visit si-resotration.com.

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