Updated: May 12th, 2020
Once mold is found in your home or building, it is time to act. Mold is a symptom of a moisture problem. This can be leaks or seepage, as well as ventilation issues. These will build up moisture and humidity, and this allows moisture to grow.
Ohio does not license mold remediation professionals. However, this does not mean all mold contractors are equal. A professional firm should be nationally certified. There are nationally accredited certifications that go beyond a short training class. Make sure your professional is properly certified and has the experience to go with it. A professional in the industry will help identify and correct the underlying moisture issues causing mold. Beware of a contractor who says they will come out and spray without proper investigation of the problem.
Proper equipment and materials should be used. National standards say that containment and HEPA filtered equipment should be used. Personal Protective Equipment should also be used. Failure to take these steps can put you, your home, and their staff at potential risk. Cleaning product and coatings if necessary should also be designed for mold remediation. Kilz and bleach are poor choices to clean up mold!
Look for a professional firm to carry the right insurances for your protection. Business liability, professional errors and omissions insurance, pollution insurance, and Bureau of Workers Comp are all important policies that help identify a true professional firm in the mold industry.
The American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) becomes the premier independent certifying body. The ACAC develops and maintains independent, third-party accredited certification programs for professionals. ACAC certifications attest to verified knowledge, field experience and continuing professional development.