who pays for a second post remediation mold testingWho pays for a second  post-remediation mold testing is a contingency that should be spelled out in the contract—not when this unhappy situation arise.

A second mold testing following remediation means that the mold remediation failed air clearance.  It is customary for homeowners to pay for the first mold testing following mold remediation; and, if the remediation is covered under the homeowner’s insurance policy, the cost of the post remediation testing is normally part of the remediation process and covered by insurance.

But, when the mold inspector delivers the bad news that the remediation failed air clearance, and he recommends in his report that additional mold remediation is necessary, the question becomes …

Who will pay for a second post-remediation testing?

Everyone expects the work to pass the first time, but sometimes it doesn’t.  Surely, the homeowners should not be responsible for the cost of this second post-remediation testing, but like any contract, this contingency should be spelled out in the contract beforehand to avoid any disputes or ill feelings later on. Without hesitation, reputable mold remediation companies will  back their work and cover the costs of the second post-remediation mold testing.

Hopefully, the first post-remediation mold testing will pass with flying colors, and everyone will be happy.  In the event the post-remediation testing (clearance test) does not pass the first time, the remediators will need to do more work.  This additional work should not cost the homeowners any more than the stated contract.

After obtaining air clearance showing that the air quality inside the containment is within the normal range for all types of mold spores compared to one outside air sample, the containment can be dismantled and reconstruction can begin.

Always spell out contingencies in the contract!

Contingencies should always be stated in the contract before work begins.  The contract should spell out clearly who will be responsible for the cost of a second post-remediation mold testing in the event the remediation does not pass air clearance the first time.

Written by Charles & Danielle Dobbs – Professional mold assessors, expert witnesses, authors of several books on mold, and mold education bloggers

Charles & Danielle Dobbs - Professional mold assessors, expert witnesses, authors of several books on mold, and mold education bloggers

Professional mold assessors, expert witnesses, and authors of MOLD MATTERS- SOLUTIONS AND PREVENTION, MOLD PREVENTION TIPS FOR THE GREEN BUILD INDUSTRY, and INSPECTION AND SAMPLING METHODOLOGIES FOR TRAINING MOLD ASSESSORS.