How to Find a Licensed Professional
The State of Florida requires mold assessors and remediators to hold a special license to perform any mold-related services (remediation and assessment). In order to obtain a state license, the professional must have extensive training and experience, receive industry certifications, and hold a special insurance policy. It is against the law to perform mold related services in Florida without a valid state license.
Our mold remediation specialist is licensed by the State of Florida under license # MRSR2280 and our company holds all the required certifications and insurance to perform such services.
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Training and Certifications
Professional restoration companies should hold valid certifications in Mold Remediation from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and/or National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI). The IICRC and NORMI set the standards for the cleaning and restoration industry and are the most well-known and respected organizations in the industry. The company itself should also be a "Certified Firm" with the IICRC and a Member of NORMI. Ask to see proof of these credentials before allowing a company to perform any work.
Our Restoration and Remediation Specialist is certified in both Mold Remediation and Mold Assessment from NORMI, and is a Journeyman Water Damage Restorer with the IICRC. We are also a Certified Firm with IICRC and a Charter Member of NORMI.
License and Insurance
In Florida, all companies and persons performing mold related services are required to hold a state license to perform such activities. This license requires extensive training, certifications, and special insurance policies to obtain and it is illegal to perform mold remediation without this license. The company should also hold a valid business license. You can check for these licenses with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Division of Corporations. Our Restoration and Remediation Specialist, Logan York, holds License Number MRSR 2280 and our firm is fully licensed, bonded, and insured.
Ask any company you speak with about the process they use for mold remediation. Do they use air scrubbers and containment rooms to remove mold spores and prevent them from spreading to other areas of your home? Do they use thermal imaging to help locate hidden sources of water intrusion? How do they plan to remove the mold? Will they be using soda or ice blasting, sanding followed by HEPA vacuuming and wipe-down, or other techniques? Will they perform post-remediation verification testing to ensure successful remediation? These are important questions to ask to help ensure the company knows what they are doing.
Experience and Customer Feedback
Knowledge comes not only with education, but experience. Ask how long a company has been in business, and check social media sites, search engines, and places like Angie's List for customer feedback. Also, ask your friends and neighbors about their experiences with companies they have used in the past. One or two bad reviews does not necessarily mean you should move on to the next company on the list, but a company with consistently poor reviews should raise a red flag. You can also ask the company for references and a portfolio of previous work if the information is not available online. We would be happy to provide you with a portfolio of our work and references upon request.
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