Making repairs to your home can be necessary and exciting, but projects can also be expensive as well. You want to make sure that you hire the right professional for the job. People often ask, “What is the difference between a Tallahassee mold specialist or assessor and a general contractor?” Or “When should I hire a mold removal company instead of a general contractor?”

We will be discussing the answers to these questions and several more in this article.

By knowing this information you can hire the proper individual to help you complete the work on your home, but also know that it is going to be done properly to prevent any recurring problems that may come up later. Without this, you could end up having some work done only to see it fail because it was done improperly.

Mold Specialist vs General Contractor

A mold assessor is a specialist who has studied different courses that are going to help them in identifying mold and other problems. The curriculum includes proper sampling, containment, sanitization and remediation protocols. The mold assessor has been evaluated and licensed by the state. The assessor will also be the expert who is going to take samples, view the mold, and where it is located to determine how it started and prescribe how to solve the problem based on the lab results.  See the official specifics for mold assessors and remediators in Florida.

A licensed mold removal company will then follow the containment procedures and removal process recommended by the assessor.

The general contractor is the proper professional to make the repairs and rebuild the home after the remediation is complete. However, they are not specially trained or qualified in how to handle the active mold that may be present in a home. Since they are not trained in mold remediation, they should not be used for the mold removal process. They should be called to remodel your home or business after the area is cleared of mold damage.

Which One Is Better?

This is a question that you are going to need to ask yourself. If there is no mold in the home and no reason to think about mold being present, then you can use a general contractor. This way you can get the work done properly, but also know that because you do not have any mold in the home, you do not have to be concerned about the contractor exposing and dispersing mold spores throughout the rest of the home.

If you have any reason to believe that there could be mold growth, either because you can visibly see signs of mold or because you have had a recent water leak then you need to contact the mold inspector. This way they can come in and make sure the property is free of mold. Or if there is mold present, they will come up with a plan on how to clean up the mold.

When you are looking at making some repairs around your home, you may notice it is quite a bit more challenging than you think. This is why it critical to hire a mold assessor or inspector when required and a general contractor later for the rebuild.

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