Avoid Mold Testing Scams!
You should always choose an independent testing company over a one-stop-shop to avoid mold testing scams. Here’s why:
Free mold testing? Sure, it may seem like a great deal, but smart consumers know that nothing is “free”. Some companies offer mold testing on the cheap and then conveniently offer their own remediation services to fix the problem. This is a clear conflict-of-interest, with the result that the problem is not often remediated – if it exists at all. The consumer may be paying thousands of dollars for bloated repair estimates or an improper and ineffective remediation. An independent test from RTK can save homeowners thousands!
In 2016, New York State passed a law
that bars the contractor who assesses a home’s mold problem from also doing the cleanup. This necessary measure was taken to avoid a scam in which a company exaggerates or lies about a mold problem in order to make large profits on remediating a very small problem. The law also requires NYS licensure and certification in order to conduct mold testing or remediation. This will prevent unskilled workers from improper handling of mold and from possible cross contamination that can lead to health issues.
RTK Environmental is an independent, licensed, and certified testing company that does not do remediation, and therefore offers consumers an unbiased opinion about any contamination. If asked, RTK will offer recommendations of reliable remediation companies.