How to Choose a Mold Remediation Company

Mold Remediation Company

Because effective mold remediation is critical to the home environment, choosing the right remediation company is vital. The consequences of unprofessional, second-rate work may have long-lasting impact on the health of your family. It’s also an economic issue as the expense of additional, more comprehensive treatment in the future is inevitable if the job isn’t performed professionally the first time.

Removal Vs. Remediation

Mold removal isn’t remediation. Simply moving conspicuous indoor mold growth out of the house isn’t enough. Mold contamination requires professional remediation, a multi-faceted process.

  • Most remediation includes pre-testing to determine the exact type of mold as well as quantify the extent of contamination inside the house.
  • Remediation means utilizing specialized equipment and expertise to track down and properly remove every incidence of mold inside the house, then properly treat each affected location with EPA-approved anti-micorbial agents. 
  • Remediation also includes correcting conditions that triggered active mold contamination including sources of indoor moisture like leaks and even simply excessive indoor humidity.

Making The Right Choice

Some things that a professional remediation company is not:  It’s not a home improvement contractor or remodeling company. It’s not a carpet cleaner. It’s not a carpenter or painter who occasionally moonlights on mold jobs. It’s not a freelance jack-of-all-trades, nor your brother-in-law who has lots of spare time on weekends. Recognizing professionals in this industry means looking for specific characteristrics:

  • The company is IICRC-certified. As the primary certifying body for the mold remediation industry, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) publishes the official standards for remediating mold that are universally recognized throughout the industry.
  • IICRC certification also means that company employees receive specialized training and testing at all levels of mold remediation.
  • Remediation professionals have an established presence and reputation in the community, as well as business licenses and references that can be verified.
  • A professional remediation company has invested in specialized technology to locate, identify and eliminate mold contamination inside a structure. Every remediation project begins with scientific testing and the work isn’t concluded until follow-up tests verify successful decontamination.
  • Some states may also require a state mold remediators license to be held in order to offer remediation services. Be sure to check with your state to confirm licensing requirements.  

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