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Should your contractor remove Mold

Can My Remodeling Contractor Do Mold Remediation?

Your contractor found mold and is already there anyway... Is he qualified to take care of that for you? Here we'll go over why that might not be such a good idea...

Perhaps your remodeling contractor or home builder came to you to inform you of a Mold issue that they discovered during the course of a renovation. Perhaps you knew about the mold issue prior and were hoping by having this area remodeled would take care of it. Maybe they're even offering to take care of it for you or asserting that they know how. Is there anything wrong with this? Should you seek out a separate company specializing in this work?

The answer to these questions is YES, and here's why.

Training: Mold Remediation is a very specialized trade that requires steps and procedures designed specifically to prevent mold spores from spreading to unaffected areas of the home. Failure to follow these industry guidelines and procedures can result in significant additional mold contamination and structural damage.

Experience: Does your contractor list Mold Remediation on his business card and website? Does he specifically market this very specialized service? Does he have industry accreditation's ? Is he properly insured to perform mold remediation work? If not, he is likely not committed to or specialized in Mold Remediation. A "Jack of all Trades" is unfortunately not going to be able to meet the needs of your project or be able to take the necessary precautions to complete it safely.

Equipment: Proper Mold Remediation doesn't use bleach (if you see this on a website anywhere they are more than likely talking about 10 sq. ft. or less). There is no "magic spray". Proper Mold Remediation relies on following proper remediation guidelines and use of specially designed equipment to ensure the removal of the mold growth and spores while preventing mold spores from spreading to other areas of the home. Performing mold remediation without the proper equipment is not only ineffective, but risks causing additional damage. It is not just a waste of money, it is potentially very costly.

Contamination: You may be able to see visible mold growth on some drywall or the rafters in your attic, but the mold spores themselves are invisible to the naked eye. As the mold colony grows, it will release more and more spores looking for suitable places to establish new colonies. For this reason, it is incredibly important to not only address these spores as part of the Mold Remediation, but to also prevent the spread of these spores to unaffected areas. The remediation and repair of previously unaffected areas can add up to a significant additional cost that would not have been necessary had the remediation been performed properly initially.

This means that should he spread mold to unaffected areas or cause additional damage due to improper mold remediation, you will not be covered or protected.

As you can see, Mold Remediation requires extensive knowledge and understanding of the proper processes and the inherent pitfalls. For this reason, it is strongly recommended to contract with an experienced Mold Remediation Company that specializes in that service.