Mold Removal Contractor Qualifications: IAQA Membership – Advanced Mold Diagnostics
When hiring a mold removal contractor, there are many things that you should look for in regards to their qualifications such as education, experience, and customer feedback. But, you should also pay attention to the professional memberships that he or she carries. In the mold remediation trade, one of the most reputable associations is the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA). It is a good idea to have your contractor be a member of the IAQA. Here is a little bit of information about the association as well as a few reasons why your contractor should be a member.
The IAQA was founded in 1995 in order to help create uniform standards in the Indoor Air Quality industry, which relates to indoor air quality, mold testing and removal. There are 30 chapters of the IAQA worldwide, including one right here in Philadelphia of which Advanced Mold Diagnostic’s owner, Craig Camel, is the president. These chapters hold 2-4 workshops each year where guest speakers are brought in so area members can be educated on new information as well as proper procedures for specific air quality issues. The association also holds an annual expo where members can get together and attend technical sessions as well as learn the industry’s latest news and techniques.
So why should your mold remediation contractor be a member?
For one, members learn about the proper ways in which to conduct the delicate procedures regarding indoor air quality, which again, relates to mold testing and removal. IAQA provides the proper education as well as continuing education to its members so that they are always up to date on the latest processes and procedures that are being used around the world in the mission to make the air quality of our homes better and safer.
In addition to educating its members, the IAQA also helps promote the standards for the industry, which are set by a different organization, the IICRC. These standards should be the guidelines that all mold remediation contractors are using in their work. Ensuring that your contractor is a member will in turn help ensure that he or she is using the proper standards in the mold removal work that they are doing for you.
The IAQA also is known to fund research and legislation efforts. The research and laws that are supported by the association are used in efforts to help further advance the indoor air quality industry. By hiring a member of the association to take care of your mold removal needs, you will be guaranteeing that your contractor is aware of the latest and greatest techniques in the industry to take care of your mold inspection and/or indoor air quality issues.
When searching for a mold remediation contractor to handle the job that relates to the indoor air quality of your home, remember to ask them about their IAQA membership. Having a simple “yes” as the answer to this question will ensure that you are getting the best inspection possible using the latest, up to standard techniques in the industry. For more information about the IAQA, visit their website: http://www.iaqa.org/, or contact your local chapter president. If you are in the Philadelphia area, call Advanced Mold Diagnostics’ Craig Camel at 1-610-328-4350.