Thursday, May 21, 2009

Determining Eligibility of Mold Remediation Costs For Grant from FEMA

This is part II in the series about FEMA grants for mold remediation costs - The cost of mold sampling, both pre-and post-remediation, may be eligible for reimbursement, provided there is evidence prior to remediation to indicate the existence of disaster-related mold.
  • The cost of mold sampling which reveals no presence of disaster-related mold is not eligible for reimbursement.
  • Costs to perform eligible remediation - either through force account or a contractor - may be eligible for reimbursement. Contractor costs are subject to the contract procurement requirements in 44 CFR 13.36.
  • The following remediation activities may be eligible under Category B:
    * Wet vacuuming, damp wiping or HEPA vacuuming of the interior space.
    * Removal of contaminated gypsum board, plaster (or similar wall finishes), carpet or floor finishes, and ceilings or permanent light fixtures.
    * Cleaning of contaminated heating and ventilation (including ductwork), plumbing, and air conditioning systems, or other mechanical equipment.
  • If an applicant fails to take reasonable measures to prevent the spread of mold contamination to a facility, the rehabilitation and repair of the additional contaminated area will not be eligible for federal assistance
  • If an applicant can document and justify why reasonable measures were not taken to prevent further contamination to a facility from mold, or why reasonable measures taken were insufficient to prevent further damage, remediation activities may be eligible for reimbursement. Examples of extenuating circumstances may include:
    * Disruption of power.
    * Facility remained underwater.
    * Inability to access the facility due to the disaster, i.e. debris blocking access routes and facility.
    * Facility HVAC equipment damaged due to the disaster.
    * Insufficient resources to remediate the entire facility.


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