Contractor vs. Mold Remediator - What’s The Difference?

Oh, the question that plagues many - “Why would I hire a professional mold remediation company, when I can just have my contractor remove the mold and repair the area?” To be fair, it’s a valid question, and one that deserves a discussion. When it comes to contractors, there’s a long list of skill sets that many of these individuals/ companies possess. From framing to drywall and even painting, the skills cannot be ignored. Some of these individuals have even been part of the home building process.

So, with such an array of skills, why wouldn’t you just hire a contractor to handle any and all mold-related repairs within your home? [*Cracks knuckles] Here we go… For starters, let’s take a look at the track record for your average contractor. While the workmanship may be impeccable, how well did they do with dust control? Was plastic hung in door openings and used to cover furniture? Were workers careful abut tracking dust out of designated work areas? The fact remains that your average contractor knows what they know, and that’s all they know.

Let’s take a look at your average mold remediator now… are they more expensive than a contractor? Heck yeah! What all are you getting for the additional expense? For starters, remediators understand the importance of proper dust control, as not doing so can lead to cross-contamination and potentially thousands of dollars in secondary damages/ clean-up. Furthermore, there should be a great deal of piece of mind knowing that your average mold remediation company carries an additional insurance policy solely for instances in which accidental cross-contamination occurs. Accidents happen, so it’s nice to know that there’s a 1-2 million dollar policy there just in case things don’t go as planned. The policy that we’re talking about is Contractor Pollution Liability, or CPL for short. It’s imperative that you check with any remediation firm that you’re considering for hire, as to ensure that they carry this coverage.

So, what are some other distinguishing factors between mold remediator and contractor? Here’s a brief list of some additional differentiating characteristics.

  • Remediators own an array of equipment specifically for mold removal and cleanup, whereas contractors typically rent this equipment. Remediators are in a better position to work with you on costs associated with additional days of required machinery.

  • Most remediation firms have employees that possess industry specific certifications, whereas the average contractor likely doesn’t know how far to go with material removal, cleaning, etc. Google “IICRC certifications”, if you’re curious what I’m talking about.

  • Mold remediation companies guarantee their work, and a “passing” result following service. A contractor may stand by their work, but most are stumped when results are unfavorable. No one is perfect, but knowing how to handle situations that require additional work is a great trait to have.

Keep in mind the above information the next time you’re faced the decision to hire a licensed mold remediation company or a contractor that claims to know how to handle mold.