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Many jobs that I go into that require removal of drywall or plaster need to be rebuilt.  Home owners continually ask us if we do the reconstruction and the response is always no.  Some ask why, and my response is that it is a conflict of interest.  Let me take a few minutes to explain how.  The first example will be a finished basement that has 6 inches of mold from the floor up.  

The removal required for this project would be 24 inches passed the infected area or 30 inches up the wall.  For us, cutting it at 30 inches is necessary and is completed without any thought.  For the contractor doing the reconstruction, there’s two ways he may look at it.  One, by laying a piece of drywall down sideways it is now 4 feet in height and 8 feet in length.  By removing 30 inches, he will now have 18 inches of excess.  So, he may decide to compromise the removal to only 2 feet in total height because then he will have two full length pieces of drywall totaling 16 feet.  Or, he removes more than he was supposed to and cuts out the full four feet in height so a full sheet of drywall can be used, while charging the customer more for the additional demo claiming, “it needed to come out.”  Either way the reconstruction compromised the proper remediation process.

The next example is something that happens very often and is the reason that general contractors get into mold.  You noticed mold growth in your kitchen.  When we come out to the job, we do the necessary removal because there isn’t a benefit for us to do otherwise.  But the reconstruction mold company completely demos your kitchen entirely claiming there’s mold everywhere so now they have a huge kitchen rebuild.  They just turned a $3,000 job into a $25,000 one.  This example can be for any room of your home, or for any company that uses mold as an avenue to get additional work.  From waterproofing companies to masons and general contractors, mold can be very lucrative when they get into reconstruction.  

What I constantly tell customers and potential clients is that you don’t hire an electrician to do your plumbing work, and you don’t hire a general contractor to do your mold.  By visiting their websites you can clearly understand what they specialize in.  When visiting a page and you see nothing but scare tactics of Black Mold and their photo gallery showing new basements they rebuilt, then you know they don’t specialize in mold.  And another thing to watch out for is companies claiming their years of experience.  I’ve noticed companies of late saying, “25 Years of Experience,” while their business was started just a year or two earlier and their certifications were earned at the same time.  If you do your research, it will be easy to know who you are hiring.  

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