hire the Right Environmental Contractor

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Specialized Environmental Contractors

Planning

You need a clear and complete plan for your project. If you don’t do this crucial steps, you will be at risk for multiple, expensive change orders from your environmental contractor. No one likes change orders, but sometimes it is unavoidable. The older your building is, the more likely additional problems will be found when areas are opened for remediation/abatement.

It is recommended that you receive at least three quotes from different contractors. The prices can vary with demand.

Our reports give you a clear, complete plan that, with your permission, we will share with your contractor.

We do not recommend using sites like Angi’s List, Thumbtack, etc. The way those sites work is to do an email blast of your project to everyone on their lists, whether they are qualified to do your project or not. Every contactors pays a listing fee whether they get your project or not. So, it’s a fight to get in your door, give you a low bid, and then overwhelm you with change orders. Call or email contractors individually.

Environmental Contractor Licenses and Insurance

Always get the company’s licenses and insurance information and confirm that it is current.

Also with your written quote a copy of insurances. Upon your acceptance of a proposal/agreement ask for a dec sheet that names you and your property address as additionally insured.

Sometimes projects go wrong. Not often, but it happens. Having insurance is never wrong.

Share Documents with Your Environmental Contractor

Our reports are very detailed regarding the source/s of the environmental problem, how big a problem, and contractor-based directions. Our reports are not intended to be DIY project directions. We strongly encourage you to seek professional environmental contractors.

Provide a copy of our report(s) to your chosen contractors and request that they give you a quote for the work outlined. Our reports clearly outline the recommended abatement/remediation protocol(s) necessary to follow in order to address the contaminant(s) involved in your project.

Toxic mold remediation contractors should follow the IICRC S520 Standard.

For bacteria remediation contractors should follow the IICRC S500 Standard.

Asbestos abatement contractors need to be DOSH Certified.

Lead abatement contractors, depending on the job, need to work under a Lead Supervisor.

We work with a number of abatement/remediation contractors. We have compiled a list of Bay Area companies with whom we have experience. Call the office and request this list be sent to you. There is no financial arrangement with any of these contractors. We are consultants that work only for you.

Clearance Testing

After the environmental contractor’s work has been performed, post abatement/remediation clearance testing is recommended before reoccupancy or additional repairs are done. We can provide this service if needed or desired.

This guidance will serve you well working with handymen, general contractors, janitorial maintenance, or any other service that your project requires.

Independent Professional Environmental Assessment

Too often we have seen projects where a remediation company goes into  a home as declares “these walls need to come down”.  Well, maybe. Are there toxic levels of mold in the air? What is the water source that is casing the mold to grow? Is the home older and is asbestos present? Is lead paint present in a home with children? By relying on a remediation company to decide what is going to happen without proper training and finding nonexistent problems for their financial gain, the home owners loose time and money. Plus the stress and frustration of having their project and money go wrong.

Choose an independent consultant that will be available to you by phone or email to answer all your concerns that will come up with your project.