How to Find a Contractor that Fits You

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How to Find a Contractor that Fits You

It is very important for homeowners to know how to select a contractor to work on their home. Time and time again, it pains us to see homeowners who select a poor contractor who is “cheaper” and “fast.” However, many times they do the work incorrectly and make the homeowner spend even more money in the end seeing as they have to have the problem corrected properly. Your home is such a large investment and worth spending the time and money to have it fixed properly.

Before you begin the hunt for a contractor rather it be on the Internet or Yellow Pages, you need to have in mind your expectations. Nowadays, quality and skilled contractors are in high demand which means that they are very busy. When you call a contractor and they tell you they cannot come out for a couple weeks, although that may be longer than you would like, that also means that they are busy. A contractor being busy is a good thing with many people wanting to hire them. At times they may have a cancellation where they are able to fit you in sooner, however this may not always be the case.

Good Contractors

If you do not call during their normal business hours, and leave a voicemail or submit a contact form do not be surprised if they do not contact you immediately. They will contact you as soon as they are able, and do not take it personally or assume that they do not want to talk or help you.

It is also important to note that a good contractor is normally booked out at least one to three months. There are times when they may be able to accommodate certain situations upon request, so make sure to mention if there is a dire reason. Also, remember that “bad contractors” are always available right away because they are not in demand. You do not want a contractor that rushes through the job. You want a contractor that takes their time to ensure that it is done correctly.

A main concern of most homeowners is the cost of the job. No one wants to spend more than they need to on a renovation.  However, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. You should not take the cheap way out, when you receive quality work it can cost a bit more. Make sure to shop around and get several quotes, then, in the end find the right balance for you between price and quality. Go with your gut and the company that makes you feel the most comfortable.

In conclusion, make sure to prepare and educate yourself prior to selecting a contractor. Remember that it is worth the wait and expense when it comes to contractors. Follow your instincts and ask questions in order to make the best decision for yourself. For more information visit our website at www.compmold.com

Us vs. You - Why You Hire a Mold Removal Specialist

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Us vs. You

Why You Hire a Mold Removal Specialist


There are several reasons why we do not recommend for homeowners to try and clean the mold themselves. Two of the top reasons are for safety and cross-contamination.  Homeowners do not have the proper safety equipment. Also, they do not know how to set up the proper containment to prevent the mold spores from spreading throughout the home to areas that were not contaminated to begin with. In addition, mold remediation professionals can clean hard to get areas, such as crawlspaces under your home, in the ductwork and behind walls and your attic. Mold spores can get into your HVAC system and can get recirculated throughout your home. If your ductwork is not cleaned it can continue to make you sick even if the area with mold has already been cleaned.
The cost for a mold remediation job can vary significantly, which is why it is necessary to come out to do a visual inspection to provide you with an estimate. There are numerous factors that can vary from home to home. Some mold removal companies only take care of the mold. The quote may be cheaper upfront, but if the moisture issue isn’t resolved, you may face a more severe problem down the road. Comprehensive Mold Management does all of the work start to finish. We take care of the moisture issue, remove the mold, and complete any other necessary work that is required.
Typically, cheaper quotes do not include a warranty. Our work may not be the cheapest, but we do the work correctly. We follow industry standard protocol, so any work we complete is covered with a lifetime warranty*. If you sell your home, our work is covered with a five year transferrable warranty*. Other companies may not follow the proper standards or protocol, having a need for less materials. Comprehensive Mold Management is fully insured, and CMM always uses the highest quality materials available to ensure the job is done correctly.

We understand no one really plans for a mold problem to occur in their home. Nonetheless, we recommend doing your research. In making your final decision, make sure you are comfortable with the people, their work ethic and warranty. Follow your instincts and go with your gut. If something feels off, it is probably for good reason. When taking care of a mold problem, it should be taken care of the right way the first time. Meaning, they also resolved the moisture issue. The longer you wait to take care of the problem, the more damage you will face down the road and the repairs will be more expensive to fix properly.
As a homeowner, you should feel comfortable letting the mold removal company you choose into your home, and know you will be in good hands. The sooner you take care of your mold problem, the sooner you and your family can go back to enjoying your lives. Your home will be much safer and a healthier environment for you and your loved ones. 

How to Create a Mold Free Room

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How to Create a Mold Free Room

Here are several easy steps for making sure that your room stays mold free.
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  • Check for Humid Areas - Check each area in your room where there is a high possibility of mold growing. Inspect places that have high humidity level, or any space that water can slip in. Molds can easily grow on wood surfaces that are soaking wet. Make sure to inspect your whole home as well for water leaks especially the areas where most of your water pipes are hidden. If there is indeed a leak, fix it immediately. If you have a room that has a higher humidity, purchase a dehumidifier. The dehumidifier will help reduce the moisture levels to a normal level. However, make sure you have a large enough dehumidifier for the area it is being used for. Larger areas can require a large capacity dehumidifier such as the Santa Fe Classic. Comprehensive Mold Management is an Official Dealer of Santa Fe.
  • Conduct a General Cleaning - Although, this may not have a large impact it can still aid in the overall prevention of mold growth in your room. Make sure to declutter any areas, by getting rid of extra papers and old documents that are not needed as they can be common culprit for mold growth. Inspect older furniture or other organic materials that may be in poor condition. Get rid of unnecessary items, to have a more open and clean room. If you have indoor plants, make sure to keep them well maintained and check for mold growth under the pots or in the soil.
  • Air Conditioning Maintenance - Keep your air conditioner maintained in a good and clean condition. Air conditioners are designed to dehumidify as they cool the room and filter the air. The air filtering process disrupts mold spores from growing and spreading in the room. Change your filter on a regular schedule.
  • Vacuum Carpets - Keep your carpets cleaned on a weekly basis. This can also be the source of mold growth because of the moisture absorbed by the carpet from a week old stain. If you have spill on a carpet make sure to dry out the area ASAP, press down on a towel until the towel comes up dry then use a fan to dry the spot. The area needs to be completely dried out within 24-48 hours to ensure there is no mold growth. A professional carpet cleaning service should be used at least once a year to deep clean your carpets. This eliminates mold spores that your regular vacuum cleaner may not be able to remove.
  • Let The Sunlight In - Molds prefer the dark spaces and cold areas of your room to grow in. By making sure that sunlight reaches most areas of your room, you have nothing to worry about. It reduces the chance of mold spores spreading and mildew growing. In the morning, make sure to open your curtains so that sunlight can warm up your room.
These are some tips in order to prevent mold growth throughout rooms inside of your home. However, if you spot mold growth or are worried about a particular area being conducive for mold, please contact a mold professional. Comprehensive Mold Management can come out to your home for a FREE* mold analysis.