Central Florida Post Mold Remediation Inspections
Before choosing a “qualified” mold remediation contractor consider this:
1. Many mold removal jobs require the removal of cabinetry, plumbing fixtures, electrical fixtures, and HVAC components, all of which should only be removed or installed by licensed carpenters, plumbers, electrical contractors. For that reason, it is important to know your mold remediators legal qualifications to address the entire scope of work, and not just the removal of mold.
The best person to trust your mold remediation work to is a licensed contractor who is certified to perform mold removal. See more on certifications for mold remediation contractors below #3.
2. Not all licensed contractors are mold remediators.If you or a loved one had a life-threatening condition that required brain surgery would you choose the best brain surgeon you could find or a podiatrist that came highly recommended by Aunt Martha? Obviously that is a rhetorical question. Yet every day people choose highly qualified repair contractors to do mold removal work that they are not qualified to do.There are many excellent, reputable licensed contractors who are highly-qualified to perform room additions, kitchen and bathroom remodels, and even construct an entire building from the ground up. But that does not necessarily qualify them to perform mold remediation. Proper and safe mold removal requires specialized knowledge and expertise. If mold remediation work is not done properly, significant collateral damage can occur to other mold-free areas of a building by cross-contamination of airborne mold spores. Furthermore, failure to implement adequate safety measures to protect the occupants of a building before, during and after remediation work can result in serious health risks and costly litigation.
Choosing the best kitchen and bath contractor to perform mold remediation work is rarely a wise decision. It is always best to hire a certified mold remediation contractor to perform mold remediation.
3. Always Choose An State of Florida Certified ContractorCouncil-certified mold remediation contractors are required to maintain the highest industry qualification standards including a rigorous continued education credits program and mandatory recertification every two years. When searching online for a Council-certified mold remediation contractor look for one or both of these logos.
IICRC stands for Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. IICRC is a non-profit certifying body for cleaning and restoration professionals. It was founded in 1972 to establish and monitor educational programs and standards most phases of property restoration. When searching for an IICRC certified mold remediation contractor online search for this logo.Again, the best person to trust your mold remediation work to is a licensed contractor who is certified to perform mold removal. The second best would be one who may not be a licensed contractor but who is certified by one of these two certifying bodies. The least desirable choice would be a licensed contractor with no mold remediation certifications.
One last note on choosing a mold contractor. A Council-certified or IICRC certified mold remediator is always the best place to start. But always ask for at least three references and never assume that a contractor must be OK just because they give you references. CALL THEM! In fact, always ask for references that are at least one year old and call them. Why? Because right after a mold removal job is done everything looks great and everyone is happy to be rid of their mold. But if that job was not done right it might take 6 to 9 months before anyone knows it. A referral might have nothing but praise for the contractor immediately following a job, but nothing good to say about him a year later.
Get referrals and call them. Call the State Contractors Board to check on their license. Call the Better Business Bureau to check their rating. If you don’t get satisfactory answers, call another contractor.
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