The key to dealing with mold effectively and avoiding these risks is to enlist the help of a mold removal specialist. Professional mold removal companies are experts at getting rid of mold in such a way that it is gone for good and won’t be a threat to anyone’s health in the future.
It is important to bear in mind that Mold is a symptom of another problem like water penetration or high humidity, it is a good thing to get rid of the mold but you must ensure that you correct the problem that caused the mold to grow in the first place or it is likely to return no matter how good a job your remediation company performs!
Of course, like with most ‘experts’, not all of mold removal specialists are created equal. Here are some important questions to ask to make sure you hire the right one.
Are You Experienced?
Experience is one of the key aspects of expertise in any area, and mold removal is no different. You want to know that this company you’re thinking of hiring has experience in the same level and scope of mold removal that you require.
Ask how many years they’ve been in business, how often they handle cases like yours, and if they have all the necessary training, licenses and even insurance (ask for $5,000,000.00 on an occurrence basis – do not accept a “claims made” policy as it sets conditions on coverage) to remove mold in your area. CHECK references! Call past clients, customers and even consultants to see if the referrals the contractor is giving you add up.
Do You Have a Proven Track Record?
Experience is one thing, but successful experience is quite another. Not only do you want to make sure the mold removal company you deal with has worked on cases like yours, you want to make sure they regularly successfully remove mold and pass air clearance tests It doesn’t really matter how much experience a company has if they aren’t any good. Remember – this should be something they do not something they “also do”.
Naturally, the best way to determine whether a company has a proven track record is to speak with former clients. Advertisements and statistics are great, but to really get a sense of how effective a mold removal company has been, references are the way to go. Ask the company for at least a handful of references, and go speak to these people.
Do You Guarantee Your Work?
Once you’re relatively sure that this company can do a great job, you want to know if they guarantee the work they do. Mold is sneaky and it can come back if all the proper procedures aren’t followed. A reputable company will gladly guarantee that your problem will never return as a result of their work if the underlying conditions have been resolved
What Do You Charge?
While it’s not on the top of the priority list where mold removal is concerned, cost is still an important factor. The ability to remove mold safely and effectively is by far the most important factor, but that doesn’t mean you should pay a lot more than companies who offer similar services. Shop around a little and do a few price comparisons to make sure the quote you received is reasonable. However, keep in mind that it's worth getting the job done right the first time, especially when a bad job might pose a risk to your health.