Mold Remediation Companies
If your home or business has experienced water damage, then you’re more than likely to have a mold problem somewhere down the line. Or perhaps you have discovered a large mold infestation, and need a professional to remediate it for you.
Here we will show you exactly what to look for when filtering through various mold remediation companies. We will also show you where to find the best companies in an area near you.
How to choose a mold remediation company
There is no shortage of companies out there to choose from, no matter where you live. This can be both a good and a bad thing.
On the one hand, we like to be spoiled for choice, while on the other hand, not all of these companies can be trusted as there are many out there that provide shoddy services.
So how do you tell the good apart from the bad?
Read online reviews
People love complaining about bad service which is why review websites such as Yelp and Angie’s List is an excellent way to vet someone before calling them. Hearing what past customers have to say about a particular company can be of tremendous help.
If most people highly recommend a certain mold remediation professional, then they’re pretty much a safe bet. If they have a lot of bad ratings, then it’s probably best not to call them.
Are they certified/licensed?
Every US state has its own set of regulations and laws when it comes to mold remediation and restoration work. That’s why it’s usually required that the company is licensed and certified as per your state laws, before doing any such work.
These certifications and licenses basically state that said contractor has undergone training and is knowledgeable with the type of work they do. It is your right to ask any potential company to see their certifications and licenses. If they don’t have any, then you should find someone else.
Are they insured?
Sometimes, out of no fault of your own, things go wrong when hiring a contractor. Responsible companies have insurance for cases like these and it’s recommended you ask a potential contractor about this.
Are they willing to deal with your insurance company on your behalf?
If your insurance covers water damage or mold remediation, then save yourself a lot of hassle by finding a contractor that is willing to deal with your insurance company on your behalf. A lot of mold remediation and restoration companies do that nowadays.
Do they insist on mold testing?
If the company you are thinking about hiring insists on testing to determine the type of mold, then they’re trying to extract as much money from you as they possibly can.
Determining the type of mold in your home or business is completely irrelevant. Having it removed and preventing it from occurring again should be all that matters.
There are, however, times when knowing the species and having proof thereof is important, for example when filing a lawsuit in regards to your health being negatively affected as a result of mold growth in a place you are renting. Or perhaps out of your own curiosity.
Regardless, a mold remediation company should never insist, or even ask you, about testing for the mold species unless you specifically asked for it.
Do they remove or remediate?
Mold removal is different from mold remediation and knowing the difference between the two is important.
Mold removal, as the term implies, is the removal of mold. Remediation includes the removal of mold, but also takes it a step further by investigating the source or cause of the infestation, and then addressing that too.
This is of particular importance because there is no point in removing mold without finding out what caused it in the first place. By only removing it you are wasting money since that mold is almost guaranteed to return within a few weeks.
That is why you must find a company that does remediation, and not only removal.
The best mold remediation companies
We have listed the best mold remediation companies by state. Each state is listed in alphabetical order.
Arizona: Phoenix, Scottsdale.
California: Los Angeles, Oakland, Orange County, Sacramento, San Diego.
Colorado: Denver, Durango.
Georgia: Atlanta, Augusta, Lawrenceville, Marietta, Peachtree City.
Maryland: Annapolis, Baltimore.
Nevada: Las Vegas.
New Jersey: New Jersey.
Ohio: Cincinnati, Columbus.
Oregon: Portland, Seattle.
Pennsylvania Chester County.
Texas: Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Spring.