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I need to find expert professional help in remediating a major mold problem in a house. How do I go about finding a reliable contractor. Is there any governmental certification program or any good trade association programs I should look for?
Many thanks.
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snipped-for-privacy@erols.com wrote:

Bill,
First of all, let me qualify myself. I have been in the construction business for the past 34 years. I spent 15 years in the insurance repair business as a preferred contractor for several major insurance companies. I have done a large amount of work in this field and I have completed a fire and water damage restoration course.
If you want to go with the mold remediation, then you must also get an independent testing laboratory and an independent repair contractor. Honest mold remediation companies do only that; mold removal and treatment. They do not do repairs. They do not do testing.
Before the media got hold of the so called "Toxic mold" problem and blew it all out of proportion, we did all of the mold remediation in the course of our normal insurance claim repairs. Water damage from either broken pipes, leaky roofs, firefighters, etc. was always treated with the idea of preventing and/or stopping mold and mildew and the associated problems. I am not going into the details, because there are too many to list, but we did it all ourselves.
Now, however, due to the paranoia generated by the media and uninformed victims, there are now "mold remediation specialists". Here is an experiment for you, try to find a mold remediation specialist that has been in business for more than 15 years. They did not exist before this scare began. If there were really such a huge problem, why didn't we have them before? These companies have sprung up in response to the demand. As the scare dies down, and thankfully, it appears to be getting less severe, these companies will go back to other pursuits.
Call your insurance company and ask for a contractor that is familiar with water damage claims. He will know what to do. If you want to use a specialist, then you will need a contractor anyway to do the repairs caused by the mold remediation.
The last mold claim that I was involved with, was a few spots of mold in a garage and at a shower pan. If this had been the old days, I would have done the whole job and it would have cost between $3-4 thousand dollars. With the mold remdediation company, the laboratory costs, and then my repairs for the damages created by the mold specialists, the actual cost was $26,400.00. If you ask me, the whole thing is a scam.
YMMV
Here is a good common sense site for mold info:
http://www.sirs4quality.org/articles/mold_myth_and_madness.htm
Good luck.
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Robert Allison
Rimshot, Inc.
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Alot of mold issues are simple DIY to fix. Where is your mold and what caused it.
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