It can be a challenge to deal with mold. Hence, before hiring a professional for help, you must ensure that they are qualified for it. Here are certain questions you want to ask the before you hire mold contractor to ensure if it is the right one for you:
- Will you perform the mold testing?
It is a trick question basically. A firm that wants to test their own job may pose a potential conflict of interest. When inspecting initially they may mislead you into believing that the problem is much worse than it really is, and post restoration they may grade their work better that it is. Neither is beneficial for you. Hence you must depend on third party verification for pre and post mold job testing.
- What are your qualifications?
You do not want a self claimed professional who has just watched 20-minute mold cleanup YouTube videos and performed no real mold remediation. While mold removal isn’t rocket science, there are still liability issues and standards-of-care that are essential. Thus certifications from relevant organizations like RIA and IICRC are something you chould look for in the certified mold remediation contractors.
- Who will perform the services?
While the contractor company may be well qualified to perform the job on a whole, it depends also on the technician that will actually perform the remediation job as many firms do mold remediation under umbrella certifications or franchises. Hence, for the jobsite in question, it is essential that at least one certified mold remediation technician is supervising the job.
- Can I take a look at your certificate of insurance?
When hiring a contractor to do mold removal at your place, you must request to see their certificate of insurance. Whether they are just general contractors or handymen or if they are really insured to perform mold remediation is the real question as mold remediation is not encompassed in general liability insurance. Also, you must ask to see their pollution liability coverage on their certificate.
- What is the remediation process you undertake?
Depending on the material that is affected, mold remediation techniques can vary drastically. For instance, carpeting or porous materials may require a different remediation process compared to non-porous materials like metals or wood. Besides the variables, what you must be looking for are certain key elements of the procedure like the safety precautions for building occupants and employees, precautions and engineering controls to prevent and cross contamination, and the technology and technique used for mold removal.
- How do I be sure that the mold will not recur?
The three essentials for mold to grow are food, moisture, and time. Moisture is something we must really look to control. If you are unknown to the source of moisture, you may want to ask the contractor to help identify the source. It can be a leaking pipe, improper ventilation, or simply too much humidity. This needs to be addressed alongside the mold remediation issue to avoid any recurrence of mold once it is removed.
- What is the kind of workmanship offered by you?
You are not looking for just ‘tail-light’ guarantee when you’ve spent so much money and time on getting the restoration done. Hence, you must look for a contractor that offers a minimum of two year guarantee on the services and workmanship they have offered which is also transferable to new owners in case of sale of the property.
If these questions are answered to your satisfaction, you can be sure that the contractor in question is the right one for you.