“Paramedics of Property Damage” Educate Property Owners to Avoid Mold Remediation Scams

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“Paramedics of Property Damage” Educate Property Owners to Avoid Mold Remediation Scams


PuroClean Restoration Specialists Provides Warning Signs to Recognize When a Company Isn’t Following Correct Procedures

Frisco, Texas (Grassroots Newswire) December 20, 2010 — Since the average homeowner is not familiar with mold or believes common “mold myths” like the misconception that bleach is the best way to deal with mold or that black molds are always toxic, dishonest businesses can prey on adjusters and homeowners when mold appears. PuroClean Restoration Specialists of Frisco, part of the nation’s fastest growing property damage remediation franchise, provides homeowners with tips to avoid being duped by scam artists.

Jim Bauer, owner of PuroClean Restoration Specialists of Frisco, warns homeowners about the following behaviors to avoid getting scammed by remediation companies:

  • The use of scare tactics, and pushing for a quick decision.
  • Failure to provide complete information to property owners.
  • Rejection of requests for proper testing.
  • Absence of professional uniform and Texas Department of State Health Services Photo ID.

“It’s unfortunate that certain ’mold experts’ will take advantage of home owners for their own profit,” Bauer said. “We pride ourselves on providing homeowners with all of the information they need to make an educated decision about mold treatment and removal. By following these tips, and following their own instincts, property owners can avoid getting scammed when they call a company to evaluate mold appearance.”  Bauer states PuroClean Restoration Specialists is fully licensed by the State of Texas as a Mold Remediation Company and he is licensed as a Mold Remediation Contractor.  These licenses are required on any project of over twenty five square feet.

Mold can form anywhere there is a food source and moisture and, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there is always a little mold everywhere — so how do property owners know when mold becomes dangerous? Bauer offers the following tips to help area property owners identify how mold should be evaluated:

  •  Before the mold is evaluated, the remediation professional should identify the water source, which is always the underlying cause of mold
  • The property owner should be provided a “Consumer Mold Information Sheet” as required by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • It is impossible to determine the type of mold by simply looking at it. If someone wants to know the specific molds present then samples must be sent to a qualified laboratory for evaluation.
  • The State allows professional remediation companies to deal with small areas of visible mold directly. When the area of visible mold is larger than twenty five square feet, then they require a licensed Mold Assessment Consultant to inspect the building, prepare a mold remediation protocol and establish clearance criteria.

About PuroClean
PuroClean is a leader in property damage restoration and has earned the trust of property owners, insurance professionals and home service providers throughout the United States and Canada since 2001. Backed by a comprehensive network of more than 300 franchise offices and a national training and business support center, each PuroClean office responds promptly to property emergencies demonstrating a high degree of professionalism and compassion. PuroClean certified technicians are thoroughly screened, insured and trained in utilizing the latest in mitigation technology and procedures throughout the remediation process while operating under a strict code of ethics. In addition to serving the needs of property owners, PuroClean offers hundreds of continuing education classes each year to insurance professionals and property service providers nationwide. Last year, PuroClean trained more than 10,500 insurance professionals nationwide helping them earn their continuing education credits.  For more information, please contact Jim Bauer at 972 624 7870, or visit PurocleanMckinneyFrisco.com.