How to Choose A Mold Inspector
When Do You Need a Mold Inspector?
If you are concerned about your health and suspect that you may have molds in your home, then it may be time to choose and pick the right mold inspector.
Qualifications Needed from a Mold Inspector:
Do not choose a mold inspector based on price alone. There are many services where you can price shop, but mold investigation and sampling should not be one of them. Expertise should be top priority
Home inspections, building construction, or building forensics
Your mold problem is not in a dish or cage. It is in a building and is the result of building failure. So, mold testing should be done by someone who has knowledge of buildings, vapor barriers, roofing, HVAC systems and other related things.
Psychometrics is all about humidity, temperature, dew point and air. A profound understanding of the interrelations of such factors is very important
Because mold is a living organism and subject to the principles of biology, it is very beneficial if the mold inspector understands at least some basic biological and ecological science principles about microbiology or mycology, the study of mold.
Picking The Right Mold Inspection Service
It takes a lot of things in order to live healthily, and one of the most important aspects is to have a healthy living environment. We know it’s pretty obvious, but that’s why proper cleaning and an adherence to hygiene really matters, even more so than having a place that looks good. In order to achieve that, you need to clean regularly and have preventative maintenance done, such as regular mold inspections.
That’s easy enough, right? You either jump online or grab your Yellow Pages, book an appointment with the first mold inspector you find, and you’ll be assured of getting excellent service and wonderful results, all at a reasonable price. Well…it doesn’t quite work like that. Just like any other type of business, there are companies you’d be delighted to work with, and then there are the less desirable ones. Read on for a few tips to help you choose the right mold inspector
First, remember that not everyone has the same kinds of problems with mold. Some people are strictly taking precautions by having an inspection done. Others have had recurring issues, and they’re praying the problem is gone. The wise choice is to pick a company that handles numerous issues, inspections to let you know what your situation looks like, and eradication to get rid of mold once and for all
What a company does is important, but how it does it is just as important. Specifically, the company you consider ought to have access to the latest equipment. They should have testing equipment for moisture testing, air quality testing, HVAC reports, leak testing, and microbiological testing. Once the inspection is concluded, you should expect to receive a report laying out how serious the mold situation is and what can be done to resolve it.
Next, it’s important to find a company that’s been in business for a while and has a proven track record. If an inspector has been on the job for a long period of time, they likely have gained the experience to recognize a number of different issues and have a number of solutions. You’ll also want to ask if the company is licensed and if their employees hold certifications for providing mold inspection services.
Tips of Choosing a Mold Inspection Company
There are many health problems that are associated with mold exposure. Hiring a mold inspection company immediately you notice a problem is very important. The main reason you are hiring this company is so that they can be able to identify the main source of the problem you have. The mold inspector will also provide you with advice on what you need to do about your problem. Choosing the right mold inspection company is imperative if you want your work to be done in the best way. Here, I will talk about the clues that you can use to help you choose the best mold inspection company
As you choose the mold inspection company, you need to consider the training that they have. Hiring the best company is very important even though the industry is not regulated. You need to look out for institutions that can assist you to choose the best mold inspection company. If the mold inspector is trained, it means that they understand about building envelop. They also have important certification in mold inspection and infrared technology. If the mold inspection company has certification in water damage restoration, you can hire them for the services that you need
Prior settling on the mold inspection company, you must ensure that you know of the procedures that they use to offer their services. If the inspector is well trained and experienced, they will have a checklist that they follow when providing these services. It is important to hire an open company because they have the ability to explain to you the procedures that they use step by step on how they identify the areas where mold in coming from in your property. If the company has the right protocol, they will have the capacity of identifying the problem you have within a short amount of time
The equipment and tools that mold inspection companies use can play a major role in the company that you decide to settle on. In the mold inspection industry, there are numerous tools and equipment that companies can use for inspection and detection of mold. If the mold inspection company has invested in the right technology, then you can be sure that the services that they offer you will be of high quality. The upside of having this equipment is that it can help the company detect your mold problems as well as confirm these findings. If you want to get high quality services, you need to hire a company that has trained its employees to use mold inspection equipment; this training will also help these people to offer you efficient services.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A MOLD REMOVAL COMPANY?
When hiring a company for mold removal, consider the following:
Does the company have liability insurance for mold removal? Their policy must clearly state that they are covered for working with mold otherwise they are not carrying the right coverage.
Is the company an IICRC Certified Firm? If the company is an IICRC certified firm they should have a certificate issued by IICRC, The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification, with the company name clearly stated. This certificate confirms that the company has technicians who are properly trained and tested on mold removal protocols.
Does the company encourage you to use a 3rd party for job clearance? When a customer requests a clearance following the completion of mold removal it should be done by a third company, a company other than the one who performed the removal. There is a conflict of interest when a company checks its own work and you, the customer, should be provided with the option to have a third party check the work and be protected.
Does the company provide you with a copy of the mold cleanup protocol and scope of work detailing what will be done in your home to remove the mold?
Is the company offering to remove the mold or just cover it up? Ensure that the company is not going to “seal” or “encapsulate” the mold, this just means that they will cover it. To rid your home or building of mold it has to be physically removed under mold removal protocols.
Will the company provide you with a written work guarantee on the mold removal?
All professional and certified mold removal companies should be able to provide you with all the criteria above.
How Do I Find a Qualified Mold Inspector or Mold Inspection Company?
Finding a good mold inspector is somewhat akin to finding a good doctor or mechanic. Some time and effort is required and even with that effort, sometimes mistakes and poor choices still happen. However, you can still put the odds in your favor. We would recommend calling at least two (preferably more) mold inspection companies and ask for a price quote.
Questions To Ask Your Mold Inspector or Mold Inspection Company
What qualifications do you have to perform mold testing?
What certifications does your company have? What are the qualifications of your mold inspectors?
(Note: Ask what the certification requirements for any certifications they have either as a company or the individuals who will be performing the work. There are many certifications with some requiring much more work than others. Some are probably quite simple and, unfortunately, do not connote qualification to perform a mold inspection. Further, some may require a lot of work, but are not related to nor do they touch on mold itself. Take a moment to look online to find out what’s required for any certifications they list.)
How many mold inspections did the person who will inspect my property do in the last year? How long he/she been in this line of work?
What is your hourly rate?
What is your philosophy regarding mold sampling?
(Tip: You’re looking for conflicts of interest here. Does the mold inspector always recommend mold testing? Or are there situations where he/she says mold testing is not needed?)
What are the costs of each air and surface mold sample?
How many mold samples do you normally take?
Do you perform the mold sample analysis yourself? Do you perform mold remediation?
(Tip: You’re looking for conflicts of interest here. If they also perform remediation, they have a vested interest in finding mold to clean up.)
Do you receive any kickbacks, commissions, or referral fees for sending work to mold remediators?
How long has the mold remediator you recommend been in business and what are their qualifications?
How long has your mold lab been in business and what are the lab’s qualifications?
Do you have references from work done in the past year that I can call to ask how the work went?
What are your payment terms?
(Tip: Be cautious of paying up front for the entire mold testing job.)
Make sure you are comfortable with the communication and general style of the people whom you will be working with. You need to feel comfortable that your questions are taken seriously, you are treated with respect, and the mold inspection company has your interests in mind. Finally, if you become uncomfortable with the process once it has started, consider changing to another company