Common Mistakes People Make When Selecting A Mold Professional
If you notice mildew or fungus in your home, you have two options; tackle the problem yourself or seek assistance from a local mold professional. A DIY project can save you money, but if an error is committed and the mold is not properly removed the first time, it can cause serious health issues to you and your loved ones.
On the other hand, an experienced mold advisor will be able to spot different types of mold that are often out of sight. They have the right tools to reach the bottom of your mold problem and take the necessary steps to keep it under control. Addressing this issue with a mold professional will not only improve quality of life, but it will also protect you and your family from future mold growth.
To ensure you get the best mold remediation and inspection service, Baystate Mold Advisors LLC. has compiled this list to prevent you from making mistakes when enlisting the services of a mold professional.
1. Not checking reviews. Often mold customers do not cross-check a mold professional’s credentials or reviews. Many assume that if a mold company is in business, they must be qualified. In Massachusetts, a mold contractor does not require professional training to carry out work. They only need to be registered with the State as a home improvement contractor. If they do a subpar job, most homeowners would be unaware because mold is microscopic. When people see the bulk gone, they assume everything is good. However, in reality, the spore count in the air could still be high. You need to insist on clearance samples be taken. If you find any missing or remaining colonized mold, ensure that is tested. Mold stains may persist even when it is dead, or it may be viable or alive. The only way to be sure is to have it cultured to see if it grows in the lab.
2. Hiring one company for two jobs. A lot of homeowners often employ the same company to carry out mold removal and clearance inspection. This would be a conflict of interest. When a homeowner hires me, I perform post-remediation verification inspections of other contractors. Most homeowners allow the remediation contractor to inspect because it is easier. Unless you feel entirely comfortable with the contractor, you should make sure a third party performs the post-remediation inspection and sampling. If you are uncomfortable with the remediation contractor, get an independent inspection done.
3. Choosing a cheap alternative. A mold remediation is a detailed job and includes labor-intensive work, so a proper execution is expensive.
Before you make a decision, find out more about the mold professional. Are they in a pickup truck or a lettered work vehicle? Does the vehicle display the contractor’s number, as required by the State? Do they have a professional website? A qualified mold advisor has the right equipment to get a job thoroughly completed. If you choose an inexpensive mold advisor, your family may remain at risk.
4. Hiring a mold inspector without proper equipment. If your mold inspector shows up with only a clipboard and a flashlight, send them home. They should have mold sampling equipment for the air and surfaces. A suitable mold inspector will have a moisture meter and a thermal camera. They should be willing to educate you on how to look for mold so you can protect your family in the future. For molds to not grow, one tip is to keep indoor humidity to fifty-five percent or even lower.
5. Asking for a free inspection. When hiring a mold inspector, many make the mistake of asking for a free inspection or estimate. A professional will charge a fee, and if you hire them, they often deduct that amount from the project. Whereas, someone who gives you a free inspection will only cost you later, either in work itself or in having to re-due the work later.
6. Not taking pre-remediation and post-remediation samples. You need to know the results of the remediation. As a general rule, a total mold spore count in the indoor environment should be less than two-thousand. The exception is when it is Aspergillus and Penicillium. The total spore count should be less than two-hundred. Mold such as Stachybotrys, Chaetomium, Trichoderma, Fusarium, Memnoniella should not be found in the indoor environment at all. The only way to know for sure is by ensuring mold collection samples are taken.
For the best mold inspection company in Brockton, MA, reach out to the experts at Baystate Mold Advisors LLC. We have years of experience in the mold inspection and air quality business, and we are dedicated to helping you promote a healthy environment within your home. Our mold inspectors are NORMI Certified so we can detect and get rid of mold growing in unseen places. Our services include mold and IAQ sampling, environmental assessment, lab testing, and qualified mold remediation specialists. In addition, we provide industry-leading warranties.