When looking for a professional mold company to perform an inspection and testing or a mold remediation project, you need to know what to look for and what to avoid. There are quality companies out there, but they can get lost in a sea of bad eggs. It’s pretty simple if you know what to look for, but the key is knowledge.
4 Traits of a Good Mold Company
- Certified – Any good mold company should be affiliated with an established education and standards organization and require that its field staff be certified through an approved training and testing program. Organizations with solid programs include: The International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants (IAC2), the Indoor Environmental Association (IEA), and Mold Inspection Consulting and Remediation Organization (MICRO).
- Quality Guarantee – Mold companies who perform good work will back that good work with a guarantee of quality and accuracy. If the company is performing mold remediation, ensure that they provide a long-term warranty prior to scheduling work.
- Mold Inspections Include Testing – If they tell you that they can determine whether there is a serious mold problem at your property by just looking, there is a problem. The visual inspection with equipment measurements they are referring to is important, but it’s incomplete by itself. Always choose a company that performs testing of the air with their inspection. Another important tidbit: Air testing must include an additional comparison sample of the outside air to be scientifically accurate. Ensure that the company is doing this as part of the testing process.
- Up-Front Inspection Pricing – If you order an inspection and have provided complete information about your property, they should provide you with an up-front quote for the inspection and testing of the property. There are situations where you, as the person looking for service, haven’t given all or accurate details and the quote isn’t complete. To avoid this, know all of the details about your property’s size and as much as there is to know about the problem before contacting a company.
Finding a Company: If you have decided that you would like to seek out a mold company for help, you can find a company in your area that meets the above criteria here.