Mold represents an especially complex challenge for commercial and residential properties, in that:
Mold problems can grow quickly — without quick remediation, small patches in one unit can jeopardize the environment of the entire building.
To avoid the headaches, expense and lost income that can result from mold infestation, property managers should follow best practices to prevent mold from getting a foothold in their buildings, engage their tenants, and possess the knowledge and means to remediate any mold problems that do develop.
A proactive approach to mold remediation is important to heading off future problems, so is communicating openly with the people who live or work in your buildings.
Whether you encounter mold infestations in residential apartment buildings, office buildings, manufacturing facilities or commercial spaces, it's a good idea to keep the tenants fully apprised of the problem, the action you're pursuing to remediate it, and when and where remediation will take place.
New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene suggests that when large-scale remediation is performed, the building owner, management, and/or employer should notify occupants in the building. In most cases, vacating people from spaces adjacent to the work area is not necessary but is recommended in the presence of infants less than 12 months old, persons having undergone recent surgery, immune suppressed people, or people with chronic inflammatory lung diseases.
Group meetings, held before and after remediation, with full disclosure of plans and results, can be an effective communication mechanism. Building occupants should be provided with a copy of all inspection reports upon request.
Properly dispose of the contaminated materials according to your local, State, and Federal regulations.