Do you find yourself needing a environmental remediation contractor? When bleach and elbow grease don’t fix your issues with mold, hazardous waste, coal ash, and waste water, you need to find the right remediation contractor to make the area safe for all animals and people who spend time there.
Of course, when you’re dealing with substances that are dangerous to the environment and your health, it is important to find a remediation contractor who is fit to do the job. You don’t want to take a trial and error approach when choosing remediation contractors. According to the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, here are a few tips for finding the best person for the job:
Five Tips for Finding a Remediation Contractor
- Get several estimates.
The prices for hazardous waste management might significantly vary from one provider to the next. Before selecting a contractor, get estimates from at least three providers, to make sure that you have a good idea of what the going rate is for the work you are looking for. Before providing an estimate, the contractors should come and actually look at the work they’ll be doing, rather than just giving you a number over the phone. You also want to get an itemized list of what the estimate includes, to ensure your estimates are apples-to-apples comparisons.
If you come across one estimate that is dramatically less than the others, you might want to consider this a red flag. Remediation contractor won’t stay in business if their rates are so low that they’re losing money. They are pulling this off by cutting corners or doing cut-rate work. This isn’t not an occasion that you can get away with cutting corners. On the other hand, you should also be cautious of contractors who try to scare you into signing up for more than you need. Getting several estimates will help ensure that the price you pay if fair, for what you need.
- Research customer reviews. Obviously, the contractor themselves aren’t going to tell you if they have a trail of dissatisfied customer in their wake. Make sure to read up on the reviews that other customers are saying about them on an online review site. Some customers are impossible to please, so don’t be discouraged by a single bad review. But if you see a common theme in the customer reviews, it’s a good indication to find someone else.
- Get a written report after the initial inspection. The last thing that you want is to go through all of this pain, only to have the hazardous substance that you are dealing with come back again when it’s done. To make sure that you get a thorough job the first time, make sure that you get a written summary of what areas of your property the contractor inspected, and the source of the mold growth. This inspection summary should include the strategy to remove the mold growth, and any warranties that will be provided after the work is done.
- Be wary of claims that sound too good to be true. All mold needs to take a foothold in your home or business is some moisture and warmth. While your remediation contractor will be able to remove any significant mold issues, and prevent it from coming back, it is not possible for them to make your building completely mold free. If the contractor you’re working with is making claims that sound a little too good to be true, it’s probably because they are too good to be true.
- Look for formal complaints against the contractor. There are several places where a formal complaint might have been lodged against a remediation contractor. Check with the Better Business Bureau in your area to see if their are any complaints about their business practices. Contact the Department of Agriculture in your area and inquire about any violations against their license number or complaints from past clients they worked with. If they are certified by any other organizations, check with them about any complaints.
When you are dealing with hazardous waste in your building, you might feel stressed about fixing it as quickly as possible. While this is an issue you absolutely need to address as quickly as you can, take the time to find the right contractor.