The 2016 Homeowners Guide to Mold – Part 7
Just like any home project, you must make sure the contractor can do the work and get it done right. By asking 3 simple questions, you will be able to choose the right mold removal company.
As promised, here are the 3 critical questions:
1. What air testing method do you use?
There are many testing methods, but only 2 measure the air:
Air-O-Cell tests capture mold spores in the air in a cassette. The cassette is then shipped to a lab where scientists select a small area, count the mold spores, and determine how much mold was likely in the air of the home. This method MUST be done by an independent 3rd party. Contractors could tamper with the tests by mailing a “dirty” cassette to the lab for testing.
InstaScope™ measures the number of mold spores in the air in real-time. The results are provided instantly to you, the homeowner, preventing any tampering with the sample.
2. Will you test the air?
Contractors must test after every project. Post-testing will verify that the mold problem has been properly addressed.
Make sure they give you the test results for your records.
3. How much pollution insurance do you carry?
It is not enough for a mold contractor to carry basic insurance. They must have Pollution Liability Insurance to be covered in the event of an accident. Some contractors may avoid getting the proper coverage (it’s expensive.) This question will filter out those contractors that are “dipping their toes” into the business.