If you have discovered water damage and a mold problem in your house, do not wait to address the issue. Neglecting to effectively treat the issue at its onset could result in further damage, which can become costly. Removal of mold exposure is the most important step to treating this unwanted multicellular fungus. It should also be your first step, as it can and will spread.

Continual mold growth can eventually become untreatable with prolonged exposure, and hiring a mold remediation expert will ensure that your house remains safe and you and your family remain healthy. While it may be easy to identify mold, it’s not always easy to distinguish a mold expert from a novice. Here are some important questions to ask when hiring a mold remediation expert to help you when considering who to hire.

How do you handle mold testing?

While you might just think of it as “testing,” an expert ought to complete a thorough visual inspection. This includes checking for water damage, measuring for moisture and mold growth, sampling the mold to determine its type, and taking air samples to determine whether or not the inside air reveals mold spores that may be different or higher in quantity from those in outside air.

How many mold samples will you take?

Don’t let anyone fool you – a single inside and outside test isn’t enough to determine what’s going on with your mold. Science is founded upon rigorous testing, and an accurate representation of the data might require multiple tests. Of course, sample quantity will also depend on the size of your property and whether you want the entire property tested or not or just your areas of concern.

Are you licensed or certified to practice mold removal?

A Mold Remediation Certificate is not required for a business to be in practice in some states, but they are always available to earn. In the state of New Hampshire, all mold inspection and remediation professionals have to be certified in CMI (Certified Mold Inspector) or CMRC (Certified Mold Remediation Contractor) by law. Be sure to ask about your home contractor’s certifications, because you’d rather have a knowledgeable and educated service remove your mold. If you wouldn’t trust a doctor without a Ph.D., you shouldn’t trust a mold remediation service without certification.

What is the turnaround time between your inspection and report?

While it’s important to give the removal expert enough time to write a good report, don’t allow them to wait too long. Delaying repairs is not good for your home or your health. Try to obtain updates and ask for information during the inspection. Typically results will arrive within a few days to a week.

Do you also offer service for repairs?

Some removal services think of it as a conflict of interest to provide both an inspection and repairs, like a shady mechanic inventing car problems to earn more money. So if they don’t offer a repair service, ask for recommendations. An expert should have a decent network of repair experts and referrals to give. Ask for two or three so you have a choice.

These are important questions, but there are also a few others you might want to inquire about as well.

         What qualifications does the mold analyst have?

         Who will write up the inspection report?

         How long has your company been in business?

         Do you guarantee your work?

         Is your company insured?

         Do you set up containment to prevent cross-contamination?

         Will you provide me with a written contract?

If you discover a mold infestation in your home in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, don’t wait to act. Contact AirPro Environmental Solutions today for a consultation. We are certified experts who provide quality service that you can trust in mold removal and restoration, air quality testing, mold testing, mold inspections, black mold removal and air duct cleaning.