Interview with Robert Lanfrank, President/Owner of Healthy Way Waterproofing and Mold Remediation.
Joan: I know that where I live, I have a tremendous water problem. We are in a very, 3ft. water table. We’ve have had problems with mold, and I don’t have a basement so never had a waterproof, but I know my producer called me this morning, freaking out again, she flooded totally, and now has to rip out everything she just put it. So we’ve found Robert Lanfrank who is the head of Healthy Way Waterproofing and Mold Remediation and I’m curious, he serves New Jersey, part of Pennsylvania and they’re one of the big companies that take care of this. If you have a basement or if you don’t, what’s the story with waterproofing? Is it really effective?
Robert: Well Joan, of course it’s effective and it’s needed. The problem that we have and why companies like mine are doing so much waterproofing after the fact is because the homes aren’t waterproofed properly when they’re built, and we have to come in after the fact and figure out where the water is entering, why is it coming in, whether its surface water or below grade water, and then determine the best way to fix the problem. So if done properly is very effective.
Joan: And what’s the story? I mean I’m scared. I don’t have a basement so of course the water doesn’t get into a basement it gets into the main house. I’m worried about mold, because when you’ve live like that and the way we’ve all been for the last few years, mold is a big deal. How do you remove mold? Clorox isn’t the answer, right?
Robert: Clorox is not the answer, bleach is really not a proper way to eliminate mold. People put too much emphasis when removing mold on chemicals whether is bleach or the chemicals that we use as mold remediators. The problem with mold is that you can’t kill it. You can only put it back in a dormant stage. Dormant mold is something we are breathing all the time. It’s in our homes, in our buildings, its mold that is naturally occurring. So the best and most effective way to eliminate a mold issue is to first to get rid of the moisture. If you don’t get rid of the moisture, then the mold will come back. But once the moisture problem is eliminated, the two most important stats is to reduce the spore counts and the only two ways to do that is with containment and negative air machines and hepa vacuuming. The negative air machines will scrub the air as we’re working, we want to contain the areas so we don’t spread the mold into other areas. We run the machine through three filters, the last filter the air hits is the Hepa filter, which is the only filter that can catch a mold spores. And then Hepa vacuuming is that we’re vacuuming the surfaces. Those are the only two things that will reduce the spore counts by about 50% to 70%. The chemicals are a little redundant, but they’re still necessary because we’re not going to be able to get 100% of the mold, so we want to take the mold that’s remaining and get it back in a dormant phase so it’s not releasing any of its micro-toxins, which is what will cause people potential health issues.
Joan: Robert Lanfrank of Healthy Way Waterproofing and Mold Remediation, how do you know if the mold you have is dangerous?
Robert: The only way, first of all, to even know whether you have mold is through mold testing.
Joan: I see it though
Robert: No, you’re not sure that you see it. The human eye no matter how well trained or certified, can never be 100% sure that it’s looking at mold. So if you want to know 100%, the only way to do this is by testing. Unfortunately, the industry is not regulated yet, they have a lot of people coming into homes, telling people, they look at it with their eye, they tell you that’s definitely mold, they will even tell you the species and that’s not credible. Testing should be done, and then with the testing you will know and determine whether it’s mold, you will be told the species. But to very frank, any species in high levels, because it’s in a home, it’s in a contained area, can potentially be dangerous for people, mainly children, senior citizens, people who are immune compromised or people who have respiratory issues.
Joan: Alright. So you really have to know. How do people find out more? Where do they go to? Is there a website?
Robert: There are loads of websites out there, but unfortunately the industry is not regulated yet so there’s a lot of information that contradicts itself on the web. In my opinion, the best thing to do is to get a professional out there to look at it. Most companies will do a visual inspection at no charge.
Joan: And you are saying that isn’t good enough.
Joan: Ok. What is your website?
Robert: Our website is www.healthywaynj.com
Joan: Thank you so much for your time. Be concerned for so many people after this storm. I’m Joan Hamburg 1-800-321-8828, you’re listening to News Talk Radio 7-10 WOR