Before & After: Choose the right environmental contractor

You have many options when it comes to asbestos abatement, mold remediation, lead abatement and even interior demolition. How do you know that you are making the right choice when selecting an environmental contractor?

Keep reading for tips on how to select the right contractor for your job and why Branch Environmental may be your best choice.

Find Out What Services an Environmental Contractor Offers

Some contractors only perform abatements or remediations, while others also perform inspections, assessments and general contracting. When considering a contractor for environmental work, it’s important to ask for their range of service offerings. Knowing what experience a contractor has will help you choose the right company for the job.

The contractor with the most experience will be the best equipped to handle the complications and unforeseen issues that are often encountered during abatements and remediations.

Seek a Contractor with Diverse Experience

Branch Contractors began as a general contracting company in 1995. In 2000, Branch Environmental was born to address a need in the industry for an environmental company that understood building systems and would strive to serve their customers through all aspects of a project.

At Branch, we have a thorough understanding of construction and building systems that assists us when performing inspections, abatements, and remediations. For example, knowing how a building is put together helps us to know where to look for materials containing asbestos or the moisture source that led to a mold problem.

Ensure that You’re Working With Accommodating Professionals

Another benefit of choosing Branch for your abatement or remediation is that when we remove building materials to abate asbestos or lead, remediate mold, or perform interior demolition, we do so in a manner that will allow the contractor who will handle reconstruction to pick up right where we left off. For example, we don’t haphazardly remove molded drywall. Instead, we remove it past the extent of mold growth to a point that will be easiest for the contractor to put back. We make our cuts straight and center them on studs or joists so there is no prep work to be done before new drywall can be installed.

Learn Whether a Contractor is Licensed and Insured for Environmental Work

Contractors must carry Contractors Pollution Liability (CPL) insurance to cover any damages that may occur while performing environmental work, and they must be licensed by the state of Georgia to inspect and abate asbestos and lead. The abatement license is much more specific than a business license or general contractor license, and Branch is both insured and licensed to perform asbestos and lead inspections and abatement.

Contractors performing mold inspection and remediation don’t require the same licensing, because these activities are not regulated by the state of Georgia or the federal government. For this reason, anyone can claim to be a mold inspector or remediator even if they don’t have prior experience in this area. Get a better feel for a contractor’s proficiency by asking for references to previous inspection and remediation customers.

Be Cautious Before Choosing the Environmental Contractor with the Lowest Bid

When it comes to environmental work, you definitely get what you pay for. If one contractor’s bid is significantly lower than the others, there is probably a reason. The reality is that it isn’t cheap to do it right, and the health of your family is at stake. Contact Branch Environmental if you need an inspection, abatement, or remediation for asbestos, mold or lead. We have the experience and integrity necessary to take care of all your environmental needs.