“Since mold is not a regulated contaminant, contractors have the freedom to create their own methods and products to treat or remediate mold – Right”? This argument, which is often disguised as a question) is frequently touted by inexperienced, ignorant, or unethical mold remediators and remediation wannabe’s. In asking such a question, they are supposedly seeking my professional opinion. However, the questioner becomes argumentative when my answer does not agree with the desired response.
Interestingly, individuals asking this question seldom sustain successful businesses, and often become defendants in negligence lawsuits. Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich teaches that successful people do not reveal what they hope to hear when asking questions. Instead, successful people are those that seek truth, have vision, and refuse to accept failure. Successful mold remediators are those that choose to align themselves with masterminds within industry, professionals that not only provide great services, but work to promote ethics and knowledge. Ethical contractors seek out the most discerning industrial hygienists for pre and post remediation assessment, and they also insist upon doing a job the right way (source removal and detailed cleaning) regardless of who pays the bill.
State licensing for mold remediation contractors will not halt charlatans who use fear tactics to sell quick (but inappropriate) fixes. The building industry is an excellent example of how licensing fails the consumer. Poor construction practices are a primary cause of mold problems in residential and commercial buildings. Unfortunately, licensed contractors that cause mold problems due to substandard building practices receive little more than a slap on the wrist from the state licensing departments.
Excellence in the mold remediation industry is achieved by:
- Hard work, both in job performance and promotion of ethical practices within the industry
- Consumer education
- Alliances, both within the remediation industry and with sister industries, such as builders, HVAC professionals, engineers, architects, and the medical community
- Accountability in the form of policing within professional organizations in the indoor air quality industry