I Don’t Need A Mold Remediation Professional, My Friend’s a Contractor!
It seems like anyone who knows how to pick up a hammer and wears a contractor hat these days, claims to be an expert on mold remediation.
Whenever a natural disaster occurs and basements get flooded, it is no coincidence that all of a sudden there are many more “Mold Remediation” companies that begin offering services. In most cases, these new companies are just contractors, who begin offering this service because they think they can make a fast buck.
You will know you are dealing with a “Fly-By-Nighter” if they claim they can remediate your mold with ozone or other types of machines that claim to kill mold. Other mold scams out there are the ones that claim that they can just fog your home or spray a bunch of chemicals and your mold problems will magically disappear…yah right!
What can you do as a consumer to protect yourself?
Learn about mold and what causes mold.
Knowledge is the key to ensuring that you do not fall for mold removal scams.
Mold requires moisture and water to thrive and grow.
The most important consideration before addressing any mold problem is to first address the moisture issues. Unless this is done, there really is no point in trying to remediate the mold.
The reality of mold removal is that there is no easy fix and any contractor that says it is, just does not understand the biology of mold.
It is not just a matter of tearing out your stuff or spraying chemicals.
It is not just about killing mold because dead mold spores can be just as harmful as live ones.
What you must realize is that mold is a living fungi and because of this, it has a survival mechanism. The survival mechanism of mold is to disperse spores and find more areas to grow on and populate itself.
When you are dealing with mold inside of your property, you need to understand that the primary concern of mold remediation is to prevent the mold from spreading, ie. to contain it and prevent cross-contamination. Then, once the containment is set up, the process of addressing the mold problem can begin.
Before you hire any contractor to remediate the mold in your property, be sure to consider the following questions:
1. Is the contractor prepared to give you a written contract/change order?
2. Is the contractor prepared to provide you with a remediation plan?
3. Is the contractor prepared to provide you with a post-remediation report?
4. Is the contractor prepared to recommend independent indoor environmental professionals that can provide you with a post-remediation verification report? This is very important because this report determines whether or not the remediation has been successful.
5. Does the contractor carry insurance?
6. Are the contractor’s employees AMRT, WRT, FSRT certified?
7. Does the contractor set up containment to prevent cross contamination?
8. Does the contractor use negative air machines and air scrubbers to clean the air?
9. Is the contractor willing to provide you with referrals and their contact details?
10. Does the contractor use DOP (Dispersed Oil Particulate) tested equipment which is a process that tests the integrity of the HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters used?
If you get NO answers to any of the above questions, then you may want to re-consider hiring this contractor.
If you are sick, you go to a Doctor because you want the best treatment possible to get healthy.
Mold remediation specialists are Building Doctors whose objective is to cure the property of toxic mold so you can live a better, healthier life.
Like health care professionals, mold remediation specialists take specialized courses and training to ensure that they can properly eliminate the mold problems of their customers.
You may want to think twice about hiring your friend, the contractor, who thinks they know how to remove mold. If they don’t do the job right, the short term financial savings may result in long term financial and health costs.
The best steps to ensuring a long term fix is as follows:
STEP 1: Hire a reputable mold remediation professional
STEP 2: Verify the integrity of the work by hiring a Third Party Environmental Consultant to perform post-remediation verification. This is a crucial step and should not be ignored because this will give you peace of mind knowing that the remediation was done properly.
STEP 3: Hire your friend, the contractor, to do the rebuild, but make sure they do it according to proper building standards.
Bottom line, the short term cost to cure your mold problem may be higher if you hire a professional mold remediation contractor, but the long term savings of hiring a professional will certainly be worth it. In the end, you get what you pay for!
— Got #Mold?™ (@gotmoldglobal) October 2, 2013