Use A Third Party?
you ever taken your car to a mechanic and wondered if it really
was the $1500.00 computer that needed replacing or if the mechanic
was just trying to sell you parts? This is how we feel about mold
remediation and building drying. You want to have an unbiased third-party
assessing the problem, serving you with no conflicts of interests.
Someone that is going to be looking out for your best interest and
not beholding to property management or looking to get more work
(and $$) out of the job than is necessary.
you suspect a mold problem you need someone who is going to provide
you an honest and accurate assessment. You dont want someone
that is looking to get a piece of the bigger pie, which in this
case could be thousands of dollars in mold remediation and restoration
costs. This is why it is not a good idea to allow your contractor
to determine his own scope of work (oh yeah, we gotta take
out all these walls and
), nor do you want him verifying
in the end that he has done a good job and is ready to get paid.
The conflict of interest is obvious.
mold remediation contractor is just that, a person that is going
to follow industry accepted guidelines and protocols to keep you
safe, avoid cross contamination, and return your environment to
the condition it was before the mold started growing. The remediation
contractor is not a person who performs these investigations everyday,
interprets the lab data, and writes up recommendations and remediation
protocols. While he may be able to take some samples during the
course of his remediation to monitor the integrity of his engineering
controls and processes, he is most likely not qualified to do much
more. Even if he is qualified, he knows that it is not accepted
practice for him to do the pre and post remediation sampling.
you have a flood or large moisture intrusion, you need to hire a
building drying professional. This person knows his job well and
if contacted soon enough can prevent serious microbial growth. So
why use a third-party consultant?
this case Oasis Indoor Environmental can verify that proper equipment
and processes are being employed to accomplish the building drying
efficiently and completely. We have the experience and expertise
to determine if building materials are drying properly, and at a
rate that will prevent microbial growth from setting in. This can
save you from unnecessary equipment charges and the expense and
disruption of a mold remediation down the road. If there are any
disputes, you have someone on your side with documentation and knowledge
to defend your side of the issue.
Spencer Hampy CIE, CMC
- President Oasis Indoor Environmental, Inc.