We recently reviewed a mold remediation (professional removal and control) article that was written by a company that ranked well in a major search engine search. To be fair it needs to be stated that this company is a carpet cleaning company NOT a water damage remediation company so they may have presented their misguided and potentially tortious information in good faith with the purest intent; unfortunately, however, the information they provided could make a bad situation MUCH worse.The advice the carpet cleaning company suggested was to open your windows in order to combat the mold.This advice is dead wrong.Mold is a decomposer meaning that it's scientific function is to break down waste material into its basic elements. As such, mold is always in the air but its normal airborne concentration is negligible in effect to most people. It is only when mold starts to congeal and grow upon a host that the concentration becomes an issue. There are legally binding and enforced control methods and procedures that MUST be adhered to in order to stave off any liability any time a professional remediation company handles mold and opening the window is NOT one. In consideration of this grievous error, we present, the " Top Four Reasons to use an Independent Restoration Company for Mold Removal".1. A less qualified company can make serious errorsAs presented in the opening of this document, the company in question, most likely, was presenting the erroneous information in good faith. They may actually believe that their advice is sound and they may employ their advice in the field which, assumedly unwittingly, exacerbates and compounds the problem by, in this case, spreading mold spores. Rather than professionally containing the situation, as is professionally expected and legally required, opening the window spreads mold spores throughout the area which can, easily, get into the air conditioning system and infect the entire structure opposed to a smaller contained area which is much easier to control and remediate. This mistake can have grave effects on health and the eventual remediation costs.2. A less qualified company may not have the correct equipment or use their equipment effectivelyWithout professional certification and continuing education a less qualified company may not have made the necessary financial investment in professional equipment for reasons as simple as they do not know they need the equipment. The less qualified company may, for example, have a basic understanding of the required process and make valiant efforts to employ their existing infrastructure but such infrastructure may neglect a strategic filter that effectively traps mold resulting in the less qualified company unintentionally spreading mold.3. A less qualified company may underestimate the situationWithout the proper equipment and education a less qualified company can easily misstate the problem simply because they cannot adequately assess the true scope of the issue. It is common for a less qualified company to assess and "control" surface mold - mold that is easy to see with the naked eye - because they lack wall penetrating equipment, for example, and the expertise to use such equipment. The lack of such equipment and expertise can result in a less qualified company cleaning the tip of the iceberg but never seeing or knowing the true depth of the iceberg. Such underestimation can easily lead to future service calls for a much more severe problem.4. A less qualified company may not adhere to current standardsUnless the less qualified company takes it upon themselves to learn and maintain currency with professional standards and legal requirements, the working knowledge they have, is likely to be dated and could have a detrimental aggregate effect. The professional water damage industry is constantly introducing new and improved techniques and technology to assist the in-field professional and is constantly being subjected to new and emerging government regulations to maintain quality. Such advancements are likely to be unknown to a less qualified company which could entail significant issues down the road for the less qualified company and the property owner.Using an Independent Restoration Company for Mold Removal protects the interests of the structure owner. There is no guarantee that using an less qualified company can save the structure owner any money but using an Independent Restoration Company does guarantee that the job is done to all industry and governmental standards as efficiently as possible with the assurance that the Independent Restoration Company is using the latest and greatest technology and techniques.Now you know.It's your money.It's your choice.Choose WiselyChoose a customer focused, independent emergency restoration company.