Not all businesses are created equal. The same can be said about professionals, like an asbestos and mould removal expert. While many of them are credible, experienced, certified and up to speed on all of the latest industry techniques and practices, others are only looking to make money off of a homeowner’s misfortune of discovering asbestos and mould growth in their home. 

If you’re looking for an asbestos and mould removal expert, it’s essential to pick a reliable company with high standards. It’s essential to choose an asbestos and mould removal expert that can identify the source, develop a remediation or abatement plan, and determine a solution to permanently fix the problem.

If you’ve never worked with an asbestos and mould removal company before, you may not know where to start when it comes to choosing the right one for your needs. To make the whole process easier for you, we’ve outlined six essential questions to ask a potential asbestos and mould removal expert. During your initial consultation, ask these questions to determine if this company is the right fit for you and capable of handling your asbestos and mould situation.

1. How long have you been doing this type of work?
How long have they been in business and how many actual remediations or abatements has the company performed? This is very important. Be cautious of someone who may have recently added mould remediation or asbestos abatement as an additional service to their existing company. Certifications are one thing, experience is another. 

2. Can we talk to your past clients?
Always ask for references. Request the contact info of a past customer you can contact for references or a website where they have reviews posted. Professional contractors are proud of the work they do and will be happy to provide this information.

3. What services do you offer?
Every contractor will provide a specific range of services, i.e. asbestos removal, mould removal, testing services, rebuild and/or reinstate services, fire and flood clean up. Some companies will only do insurance work, and others will only do commercial or industrial projects. You need to have a clear understanding of what services the contractor can provide for your project.

4. Do you carry Workers’ compensation and liability insurance?
Hiring someone who is not properly insured could put you at considerable legal and financial risk. Even in the safest workplaces, accidents happen. Workers’ compensation insurance provides benefits for workers who experience job-related injuries or illness and will reimburse medical expenses and lost wages. General Liability Insurance (GLI) can help cover claims in the event that the business you have contracted to perform the work caused bodily injury or property damage. Hiring a contractor or company without this type of insurance means you as the building owner, may have to take legal action against the contractor if an injury or property damage occurs.

5. Will we get a written contract?
If the answer is NO, stop the interview right here. Always, always get it in writing. The contract sets out the agreement between you and the contractor in detail, from the work description to the actual materials that need to be used, the price you will pay, and the responsibilities of both you and the contractor. If it’s not in writing, you have no proof that you and the contractor have agreed to the same thing.

6. Can you prove that you are qualified for the job? 
Because mould and asbestos can potentially cause serious harm to your family, you need to make sure the technicians working on your remediation or abatement have been trained to do the job right. Is there specific legislation or requirements, or standards that cover this type of work? Are they willing to provide supporting documentation? Look for companies that are willing to prove their employees have been trained by accredited certification programs.

Want to get started with an asbestos and mould removal company that is committed to removing contaminants, primarily mould and asbestos? Then say hi to us at Advanced Remediation Solutions! Since February 2004, we have been removing contaminants, primarily mould and asbestos, from residential and commercial buildings throughout Alberta. As experts in innovative mould remediation and asbestos abatement services, we provide our clients with options that make sense for their specific site and situation. Reach out to Advanced Remediation Solutions today to get a quote from us or take a look at some of our work here. For a complete list of our services, please click here. If you have any questions about Advanced Remediation Solutions, we would love to hear from you, please contact us here.  

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