While most jobs that require contractors pose a variety of dangers and challenges, perhaps the most challenging home or business restoration project involves mold remediation.
Mount Laurel, New Jersey (PRWEB) November 04, 2013
Finding a reputable contractor to be trusted in a home or business can be frustrating and overwhelming. Many factors must be considered when entrusting several perfect strangers with the safety and security of a family or business. While most jobs that require contractors pose a variety of dangers and challenges, perhaps the most challenging home or business restoration project involves mold remediation.
In an industry where very few laws exist to protect both the contractor and the consumer alike, finding a mold removal specialist who possesses the skills, expertise, and business acumen to get the job done right can seem impossible. SI Restoration, servicing the community since 1989 with toxic mold removal and mitigation, has recently published a list of the Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Certified Mold Remediation Contractor.
SI Restoration’s “Top 10…” list goes into great detail on how to decipher a reputable certified mold remediation contractor from companies that have built their business models around smoke and mirrors. On top of the morally responsible reasons a property owner should consider when hiring a certified mold remediation contractor to do the job, financial implications can also arise if the wrong technicians are chosen for the job.
Certification and training through the IICRC are just the first steps in a safe and efficient mold removal process. According to SI Restoration, general contractors are not fit to handle mold remediation due to insurance liability limitations alone. For example, in the section of the list entitled, “Contractor’s Pollution Liability Insurance,” SI Restoration is quoted as stating,
“As a rider on a basic Liability/Worker’s Comp insurance policy, Contractor’s Pollution Liability Insurance covers any work done with hazardous materials or substances like mold or asbestos. If the hired technicians do not have Contractor’s Pollution Liability Insurance, any work done during residential or commercial mold remediation will not be covered by liability or worker’s compensation.”
According to Beacon Hill Associates, “Adding ‘Mold’ coverage broadens the defined list of covered pollutants to include molds, funguses, etc.” As a result, if a general contractor (or one of their employees) is injured during the course of a mold remediation project not covered by Contractor’s Pollution Liability Insurance, the property owner will be responsible for any medical expense or worker’s compensation due to the injury.
Finding mold removal costs to fit a budget is important. However, when shopping for the safest, most efficient restoration services, low costs should not be the only deciding factor. Property owners should use common sense to decide whether hiring a general contractor or a certified mold remediation contractor is the right move to make. If prices seem too low for a company to carry the proper insurance, bonds, and certifications, then higher risks are inherently involved. If costs seem astronomically high, perhaps a company is trying to take advantage of their consumers. Finding the right balance both fiscally and sensibly is the common denominator to all successful mold remediation projects.