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Choosing a Mold Remediation Company

Professional mold remediation companies should be cleantrust certified, meaning that they are certified by the IICRC (The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification).  These contractors are specifically trained and educated to eliminate problems with mold and to address the elements required to prevent the return of that mold.  Per the IICRC website:

The mission of the IICRC is to identify and promote an international standard of care that establishes and maintains the health, safety and welfare of the built environment.

The IICRC has been operating in Australia and New Zealand since the 1990s and now has over 1000 registrants qualified in a wide range of skills. Five training schools, together with instructors from the US, provide a year-round program of courses.

Technicians who have undertaken an IICRC course and have passed the IICRC exam have earned the right to claim they are cleantrust accredited and are eligible to wear the cleantrust patch on their uniforms.

cleantrust Certified Firms pledge to meet requirements beyond being trained and certified and can be recognised by displaying the cleantrust logo on their promotional material and vehicles.

The IICRC ensures that when consumers hire a cleantrust Certified Firm or technician, they have hired experts who will provide reasonable assurance that work will be completed in accordance with the industry’s standard of care.

Increasingly insurance companies and tenderers are requiring cleaners and restorers to be IICRC qualified to the cleantrust standard in order to meet the criteria for the tender.

Additionally, mold remediation contractors should follow mold removal guidelines as per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The EPA offers coursework regarding mold remediation for the professional contractor.  The EPA website  also offers literature for the homeowner regarding mold in the home.

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Competent and trustworthy mold mitigation specialists will specifically detail their plans to remove the mold and maybe more importantly, their plans to prevent its return.  Cost is certainly an issue with most people these days but be careful not to choose a contractor based solely on price as the costs of repeated issues with mold and the costs of replacing structural elements that are damaged by that mold may ultimately be far more expensive, resulting in no savings at all and probably even  additional expense.  When choosing a professional mold remediation contractor, their education, experience, professionalism, and attention to detail are far more important than cost.  It’s just plain common sense that $1000 is cheaper than $1500, unless it has to be paid twice.

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