Tips for Hiring a Mold Remediation / Mold
in Virginia, Maryland & DC
Testing for mold may not be necessary, but should be done if there is a
severe mold growth problem or if it is suspected to be behind the walls
mold can grow and hide, but cannot be seen without the proper testing equipment.
Mold testing should be done before and after
any removal / remediation work is to be done.
This will help to insure that the work done by the Mold Remediation Contractor
has done the work properly.
If you can see and smell mold in your home, you more than likely have a
However, mold is usually a symptom of a bigger problem in a home. Most of the problems are related to inadequate ventilation and a buildup of moisture.
Homes with high moisture (aka high relative humidity) or stagnant water are more susceptible to mold growth.
To locate the source or cause of the high humidity or stagnant water, you may need to hire a consultant or home performance specialist. Certified Mold Inspectors/Consultants conduct indoor air quality (IAQ) investigations, and can determine when structural issues exist that may be causing mold problems (such as ice dams, moisture, and heating and cooling complaints).
They can help you understand why mold is growing in your home and what actions you will need to take to prevent mold growth. IAQ consultants and mold remediation contractors whose primary focus is mold also exist.
Many consultants and contractors providing mold inspections and mold remediation
services are honest, reliable and highly skilled.
Here are some suggestions
on how to find good contractors:
- Get more than one estimate.
- Make sure all parties are bidding on exactly the same work.
- Make sure the contractor comes to the job site rather than giving a telephone estimate.
- Be leery of an extremely low estimate.
- Be cautious of a contractor or consultant that uses SCARE tactics to make you do more then you really need to have done.
- Ask for the names of the consultant/contractor's recent customers and call to see if they are satisfied. Would they hire the contractor again?
- Did the mold consultant provide a written inspection report that included a summary of all the areas inspected, the cause of the mold growth, how to take care of the problem and any sampling results?
- Did the contractor show up on time, clean up afterward, perform follow-up service on warranties?
- A building cannot be made mold free. Avoid a contractor who claims to remove all mold from your building.
- Contact the Better Business Bureau, to find out if any complaints were filed against the consultant or the contractor.
- The firm that conducts the Final Mold
Inspection or Mold Air Sampling should not be related to the company
that conducts the mold remediation work, this is due to a potential
conflict of interest.
Consulting firms that have a financial tie to a contractor should
disclose that relationship prior to any contractual agreement.
- Laboratories selected for analysis of samples should be either American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) or an U.S. EPA accredited Laboratory.
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