Recently I was with a bunch of my friends discussing jobs that we think don’t really exist. The answers created quite a chuckle where “newspaper readers and leech collectors” got the biggest roar! But what stuck with me the most was a “mold remediation contractor.” Most of my friends claim that such a job doesn’t exist, but I told them that it did.
A mold remediation contractor and their line of work may seem far-fetched, but you might need them more often than you think.
The Unknown Molds, But Still Important
If you think about it, testing for mold is something we don’t think about doing daily. As a matter of fact, molds are the last thing we ever think about in a house. However, if you have ever met a family devastated by mold then maybe you will think twice about molds in your own house. If your mold remediation contractor is not familiar with sampling, make sure they work with someone who is. How else can you check that the work has been done properly?
What About Toxic Molds?
On paper, the mold is not really “toxic.” If you say something is toxic, it affects you once you ingest it. In the case of molds, they are considered toxigenic. This means that they produce toxins called mycotoxins, which can harm humans. What happens is that these mycotoxins get released into the air and attach themselves to anything they come in contact with (mold spores, building materials, contents, household dust, etc.). When somebody inhales these mycotoxins, they can cause some severe health issues. Making sure your contractor understands how serious mold can be is very important in selecting the right contractor.
Make Sure You Get a Good Mold Remediation Contractor in New Jersey
Now that you understand how dangerous it is to have molds inside your home, maybe you will think twice about how important it is to find the right mold remediation contractor to help with your mold problem.
But how can you tell if you got a good mold remediation contractor in New Jersey? Here are some simple tips you can use to choose the right mold remediation contractor for your problem.
- Ensure that the contractors you contact are accredited. A legitimate contractor won’t hesitate to show you their accreditation when asked for. They already understand that it is part of the job. Hesitating to show proof should be a clear red flag.
- Get more than one estimate for the job. See where each contractor stands. Don’t immediately go to the lowest estimate. Make sure each contractor can justify their estimates.
- Ask for references. Most of the time, they will give you partner businesses or even past customers. Don’t hesitate to give them a call, especially their old customers. That way, you can get a feel for how they work and what their good or bad points are.
- Ask for an inspection report. Any good mold remediation contractor won’t hesitate to give you a comprehensive inspection report.
- Be wary of contractors who promise too much. If you hear a contractor tell you that he/she can “make your home 100% mold free,” then he is probably lying through his or her teeth.
- Check for possible complaints or lawsuits filed against the company through the Better Business Bureau, or the local board.
Your house is one of your biggest investments and having your house checked for molds at least once or twice a year is a great way to address molds before they get out of hand. Addressing hidden molds right away is the best way to protect the health of your home and your family.
Still Not Sure Which Mold Remediation Contractor To Call?
Reach out to GreenWorks. They will assist you in making the best choice for your unique mold situation.
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