Do you suspect there is mold in your house? If this is so, the best way to determine this is to hire a remediation contractor to help you identify the problem of removal, cleaning and remediating the issue. There are, however, some factors to consider before hiring a remediation contractor.
Here's a look at a few:
In every state, there are laid rules and regulations, and part of them is that every remediation contractor must be duly licensed. In other words, is your remediation contractor well-trained, certified to be an expert and has the experience to do the job safely and up to standard? Although having a license does not mean that the contractor will do a quality job, it nonetheless gives you some assurance that the contractor has some knowledge and experience. To get a license in the first place, a contractor must have some qualifications, and these qualifications must be sustained because licenses are renewed yearly.
Does the remediation contractor have the proper certification to remove mold and do remediation? Certification shows that the contractor has some expertise and has undergone some training that qualifies them for mold remiation. It is also a guarantee that a contractor has been trained to remove mold from the home without any form of health risks.
Before choosing a contractor, make sure the company is insured. You should find out the type of liability insurance they have and what the insurance covers. You should also confirm if the contractor has workers’ compensation insurance. This will protect you from any lawsuit should it happen that a worker gets injured while working on your property.
Uniforms are a means of identifying the workers when they are working on your property. This will help you and other members of your family to identify who is with the remediation company and who is not.
Check how long the company has been operating as well as what references they have. Ask for their past projects and verify their information with reputable organizations like the Better Business Bureau and the Bureau of Consumer Protection. This way you will also be able to see people's experiences with the contractor.
An estimate should contain details of all the work to be done and what it will cost. An estimate should also not be given over the phone without checking the site first. A written estimate makes things clear for everyone on what they are expected to do, cost and time frame.
Check out the exact services that the company offers. Make inquired about what the remediation contract will entail. Make sure you ask questions about anything that does not sound right to you and make sure you get answers to all your questions before the contractor starts working on your property. It’s best to get a remediation contractor that will handle the mold remediation and also fix the parts of the walls where moisture has seeped into. This way, you can prevent future occurrence of molds in your home.
Mold remediation usually involves working with your insurance company. It makes it easier to get the paperwork done, hasten the services and get the remediation project underway.