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Services – Mold Removal, Odor Removal, Water Removal
Services – Mold Removal, Water Removal, Fire Damage
Services – Mold Removal, Water Removal, Fire Damage
When identifying the top mold remediation companies our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We grade these mold removal companies across several categories and spend hours analyzing these results to give you our hand-picked list of the best mold remediation and mold testing companies in Berkeley, California.
1. Free Estimate – First thing we do is make sure that any company we recommend will offer a free estimate for your mold project.
2. Work with Insurance – All companies must work with insurance when it comes to removing mold from your property.
3. Timely Response – Any recommended mold remediation company must respond to any inquiry within 60 minutes and more likely within 5 minutes.
4. Best Price – While the mold remediation company we recommend may not be the cheapest. We only recommend mold removal testing companies that provide great value.
5. Certification – Any mold remediation service we display will carry the proper credentials and all its workers will be properly trained in mold remediation. Will either carry IICRC or ACAC.
6. Reputation – We speak to past clients and read reviews to make sure that the mold remediation companies have a history of happy customers and great service.
7. Experience – We are looking for mold remediators who have experience and are true professionals.
8. Availability – We want to connect you with companies that are responsive and actually available to take care of the mold in your home.
First is that mold remediation contractors are just like all other contractors, they are private, for-profit, companies who specialize in this type work. Most mold removal contractors also perform flood and fire damage cleanups and are experienced in working with insurance companies in the event your mold damage is covered by your homeowners policy. They all have varying levels of overhead and profit they need to charge to support their business. When presented with a quote for the work you need done, ask for an itemized breakdown of the charges, look at the quote and ask about the charges to understand the total price of the work and what is included in it. A contractor that says he can do the work in one day with one person and presents a quote over $2,500.00 should be able to explain why he is so far over current market rates.
Second, like all other tradespeople, quality can vary. Specialized mold remediation training and customer online reviews about their experiences with the contractor are critical factors that should help you decide who to use. There are several established resources that can assist you with pre-screened contractors to help, like this one Local Pre-Screened Contractors. Mold remediation contractors should be able to show you their qualifications and the training they have gone through with industry certification organizations like the IICRC, RIA, NORMI, and others. Several states now require mold contractors to be licensed to perform the work. It’s vital to know they are qualified and can handle the job for you. Like all other contractors, they also need to be insured including general liability coverage (if they damage your home), errors and omission coverage (if they don’t completely remove the mold), and pollution coverage (if they accidently spread the mold to your neighbors’ homes). Typically, a well-established contractor who consistently does a great job will have many online reviews from customers.
Third, due to the serious health effects related to mold exposure, you should consider retaining a 3rd party advocate to test and verify the contractor has performed the work correctly and has effectively removed the contamination from your home. These highly qualified mold inspection and testing firms can evaluate the project, guide you on costs and qualified contractors, and test your home after the work is completed to insure you are breathing clean air. Often the mold you can’t see is more dangerous than the mold you can see. The same rules apply to them, education, training, experience, and price, in that order. All three of these factors can affect the price of the work you need done. Choose your contractor carefully! Getting multiple quotes for service is always a good idea. Choosing experienced, pre-screened contractors who have the right qualifications, licenses, insurances, and training is the most important decision you need to make. We have a list of qualified mold removal professionals near you, follow the link to get started.
Still looking to do more research on mold remediation for your home. Read our articles about How to choose the best mold remediation service or Cost of Mold Removal.
Want to find other companies near you certified to remove mold from your home, see more information at IICRC, RIA, NORMI.
The information on this page has been fact checked by our editorial team as well as by reaching out to local mold removal companies in Berkeley to see what companies they’d recommend.
Since 1992 Joe has been in the residential and commercial building services industry. Joe founded Cleantec in 1995, which grew to a staff of 30 employees. In 2016, after selling Cleantec, Joe founded Haven Environmental, a consulting firm that draws on his 25+ years of experience and training to provide inspection and training for industry professionals throughout the Northeast US.
Joe has completed his New York State licensing requirements to perform and oversee residential property inspections, mold assessment, and microbial remediation. He is certified by the IIRC in emergency water restoration, applied structural drying, and applied microbial remediation. He is certified by NACHI in mold assessment and remediation. He is also certified by OSHA in safety training. He is a member of IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification), NORMI (National organization of Remediation and Mold Inspection), GSAR (Greater Syracuse Association of Realtors), and NACHI (National Association of Certified Home Inspectors).
Mark and his wife started Dragon Restoration in 1999 after experiencing a loss in their own home. Unsatisfied with the performance of the restoration company they contracted with, they entered the water damage industry in an effort to provide better quality service to those affected by water-related losses.
Mark is certified by the IICRC in water damage restoration, fire & smoke restoration, commercial carpet maintenance, applied microbial remediation, and applied structural drying. For the last 20+ years he has provided restoration services in residential homes, commercial buildings, government offices, schools, and daycare facilities.