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BY DAVID MYRICK
I’m passionate about mold removal. And by “passionate,” I mean downright obsessively fanatical.
As such, I have a thousand thoughts about the mold industry running through my head 24/7/365. So today, I figure I’d share a few of them with you.
Some of these thoughts are about our company. Others are about the mold industry at large. But (I think) they all hold at least a kernel of information you can use to help you navigate your mold-removal project.
Let’s get ranting. Let’s get raving.
While our mold tests are the lowest price in the industry, our mold remediation prices are about average—maybe a little higher. And we cost 2 to 3 times more than the guys who have as much mold knowledge as a box of rocks.
Why are our prices where they are? Because I pay my technicians $5 to $8 higher than the industry standard. Over the course of a year, that’s an extra $10,400 to $16,640 than what the average technician at the average mold remediation company makes.
But my technicians are anything but average. They are, without a doubt, the best of the best. They’re bend-over-backward polite. They genuinely care about the work. And they’re not afraid to call me out when needed.
Having the best people doesn’t come cheap. And I’m more than willing to pay the price.
I’m 6’8”. People tell me that’s tall.
Being the size of an NBA power forward can initially intimidate some homeowners. Once we start talking, though, they realize I’m about as threatening as a box of kittens.
But the one thing that does transform me from “gentle giant” to, well, “irate giant”? Crappy workers. I’m notorious for firing people who don’t have the attitude or work ethic I want.
There are three types of respirators used in mold remediation: half-mask, full-face, and Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPR).
Half-mask respirators are terrible and cost about $40.
Full-face respirators are decent and cost $100 to $200.
Powered Air-Purifying Respirators cost $1,500 and look straight out of a science-fiction movie. But they’re AWESOME.
PAPRs are what we use at Valor Mold. Sure, they cost literally 3,650% more than half-mask respirators. But PAPRs protect my people.
Here’s something to consider…
If a company puts its techs in $40 half-facers, it means said company doesn’t give a fig about its techs’ health. And if the company doesn’t care about the health of its own people, how much will they care about your mold issues?
There is a specific type of insurance mold-removal companies should carry: Pollution Liability Insurance. It covers costs for damage caused by the removal of hazardous materials. You know, like mold.
Pollution Liability Insurance isn’t cheap, so most mold remediation companies in VA and Washington DC don’t carry it. They typically have something simple such as Commercial General Liability Insurance. That means if the company damages your property or a tech injures themselves while remediating, YOU are probably going to foot the bill.
So whoever you choose to remediate your mold, make absolutely CERTAIN that they carry Pollution Liability Insurance. Make it a non-negotiable term for a company to earn your business.
I could go on and on about mold remediation, but I’ll leave it at that for today.
If, however, you want more information about ANYTHING relating to mold removal, we’re just a phone call away. As Washington DC and Northern VA’s mold fanatics, we would feel honored to speak with you about your mold problem. We’ll take care of your issue right the first time… and for a fair price.
We would be honored to hear from you.
We remove mold the right way… and it would be an honor to hear from you.
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