How do I choose a mold remediation specialist?

Please look in your local telephone directory for the following categories of firms:

  • Water damage emergency services
  • Fire and water damage restoration
  • Pipe and leak locating services
  • Carpet, rub, upholstery cleaners
  • Industrial hygiene firm
  • Contractor referral services
  • Environmental consulting firms

You should contact at least three firms before choosing one to do the work. Before selecting a firm, obtain information on the firm and the services that they perform. Ask for references, including clients that have to use the firm for similar services. Describe your problem and ask them if they can diagnose this type of problem. You should ask the firm how long they have done this type of work and the type of training their employees received. Ask the firm how they prevent the spread of contamination and if they sell air cleaners or air duct cleaning services as part of their business. Check the Better Business Bureau, the California Consumer Fraud Department, and the California Contractor Licensing Board for complaints against the firm. Beware of any firm that says they are U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Labor - Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), or state licensed to remove and treat mold in buildings and homes. These agencies do not license this service.

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1. What are molds?
2. Can molds cause me to be ill?
3. Are some molds toxic?
4. What is the toxic mold described on TV?
5. How do I know if the S. atra mold is in my house?
6. What are the common molds found in homes?
7. How can mold become a problem in my building?
8. What are the common areas for the S. atra mold to grow in buildings?
9. Should I have my mold tested?
10. How do I clean up molds?
11. Can I become ill from cleaning up mold?
12. How do I choose a mold remediation specialist?
13. How do I prevent mold?
14. Can the heating and air conditioning ductwork become contaminated?
15. Where can I get more information?