Mold is a common problem in buildings which can be identified by an earthy or musty odor, or by its visible signs. Buildings with high moisture, inadequate ventilation, or stagnant water are vulnerable to mold growth. Mold not only looks terrible, but also leads to some serious problems like damage to your property, health issues, and odors problems. Mold growth is commonly indicated by discoloration and leaching in drywall.
If you are concerned that mold is present in your home, you need to hire a trained professional who will conduct an indoor air quality (IAQ) investigations and can determine what structural issues exist that may be causing mold problems. It is important the mold removal should only be done by a trained and licensed mold removal expert. With so many untrained contractors out there, it is necessary to find the right expert for the job.
To make sure you hire the right mold removal professional, here are some easy things to keep in mind when choosing a restoration contractor.
- Know how they conduct pre & post indoor air quality testing
As a part of the mold removal process, most professionals conduct pre and post indoor air quality testing for mold. If necessary, some of them use an independent, 3rd party mold inspector to perform air quality testing both before and after the job has been completed. Whether the company calls a mold inspector or does their own testing, make sure the air quality reports are verified by a qualified and approved lab. Moreover, if mold is visible, it is not required to conduct air quality testing as soon as remediation contractor arrives on site because this is simply a waste of money.
- Get to know their credentials, training, and insurance
Mold removal companies are required by law to get industry certification. The remediation companies are required to obtain a license and they must clearly share about their industry certifications and organizations to which they belong. They should belong to a relevant association and must have a comprehensive insurance policy. Make sure the company you hire has insurance to protect your home and their technicians should also be insured in case an accident happens in your home. Checking for right credentials for their area of expertise, and insurance is a must to ensure that the company has the knowledge on various cleaning and restoration techniques, surfaces, cleaners, chemicals, and so on. Properly certified contractors are knowledgeable about cleaning and restoration methods, chemicals and use only non-toxic Eco-friendly natural products.
- Ask for references and check reviews
One of the best ways to know the level of experience and quality of work is by looking at the references of the company’s past clients. Moreover, check on a company’s website for testimonials and read online reviews. Find out how long the company has been doing business and how much experience their employees have. The reviews will let you know about the mold removal process they use. The best mold removal company uses safe cleaning agents during remediation.
Also, before hiring any mold remediation company, make sure that there are no complaints filed against them. You may also contact the licensing office to verify if there is any record of work practice violations against the company.