Do I need a mold remediation specialist?

April 12, 2013 By In Moisture Control Comments Off

It’s not unheard of to have a plumber or contractor discover mold while working in a home.  And on occasion the problem is small (less than 1 square meter).  Knowledgeable trades’ people who have a good understanding of industry practices can effectively deal with a small mold problem without causing you larger problems in the future.   However, this also assumes that the knowledgeable trades person also understands when not to tackle a mold issue on their own.  If the right procedures are not applied when removing the mold it can be dangerous for the contractor, the occupants of the home and can become costly in the future.

It’s a difficult situation for everyone involved.  Even reputable trades persons can minimize the problem for the most basic reason, who wants to tell the homeowner that a new problem has come to light? It’s easier to try and solve the problem yourself or worst case, ignore the issue altogether or cover it up.  In the end, it boils down to the quality of the contractor and the willingness of the home owner to acknowledge the issues encountered.  Quality service providers not only provide solutions for the service they are contracted for but also provide knowledge and information to their clients.

Unfortunately, more often than not, the mold issue is not dealt with and continues to get worse.  The questions you should ask yourself is, “do I need to know what’s happening in my home” and “would I let my plumber fix my car”.

It’s important to have a good relationship with any service provider, where information is shared freely and you are provided with good consultation and advice.  If you or your contractor suspects you have mold, and you’re not sure it can be safely dealt with, contact a certified mold inspector.

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