Mold is a common problem which needs our attention to protect the health of our loved ones. Mold is actually an indication of other serious issues, such as inadequate ventilation, moisture buildup, and humidity. To eliminate those black spots and musty odor from your building, it is necessary to hire services of a mold removal contractor.
The professionals offering mold services basically perform an assessment, as well as, remediation of mold. Since the problem of mold can’t be addressed effectively unless you identify its source, the step of assessment is essential. In this process, the mold assessor collects the physical samples, conducts a detailed evaluation of a building history and identifies the location, and extent of mold growth. However, in this step, it is not necessary to conduct pre-air quality testing for mold, if you can see and smell mold in your home. After the assessment comes remediation of mold. This includes the removal, cleaning, sanitizing, and other treatment and preventive steps to remove mold.
So, whether you can see and smell mold, or you have a problem with high humidity or stagnant water, you may need to hire a Mold Assessor or Remediator. The professional mold remediation expert can help you understand why mold is growing in your home and what actions you will need to take to prevent mold growth. However, before hiring any consultant or removal specialist, make sure to find a reliable one.
How to hire?
Be cautious of unreliable contractors who are not authorized to perform mold remediation services. As per the law, a mold removal company must have a state license. So, the first thing you need to check is a current and active state license to ensure that a contractor is registered. You can get this information from your state department which will also tell you how long the contractor has been licensed to perform work. In addition to this, check their industry certifications and credentials.
Check performance records
Before you give anyone access to your home, make sure to check their history and find out if complaints have been filed against the contractor or consultant in the past. Ask if their workers on the job undergo a background check and are they trained and certified.
Mold removal is a risky task which means you need to check the contractor’s insurance. A reliable mold remediation professional will have personal and property damage liability insurance, as well as, workers’ compensation insurance. When all workers on the job site are covered you get a peace of mind that in case anything goes wrong, you’ll not be held liable for it.
Get a written inspection report
Ask how the company will conduct the inspection and air sampling. Do they hire a third-party inspector? Whether they perform testing on their own or hire a third-party consultant, make sure testing is unbiased and the laboratory is accredited by approved institutions. Moreover, always ask for an inspection report. This report should include details of all the areas inspected, the cause of the mold growth, how to take care of the problem and sampling results.