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    Post: Mold Prevention Products

    Posted by Robert D on 10/20/04

    Mold Prevention and the many companies offering products
    have highten the attention to this industry. However, most
    of these companies and the products that they offer make
    illegal claims and they cannot back or verify any of their
    own claims. Any ligitimate company should be able to
    answer all of the following and if they can not, something
    is wrong.

    Anyone can make false and misleading statements. Do not
    take anyone at their word unless you have verified the
    information for yourself. Check with the State or the EPA
    to verify claims

    1. What mold prevention product(s) do you use?
    Is it a private label name or is the real product
    name and the details of said product to verify with the EPA

    2. Who manufacture’s the mold prevention product(s)?
    To ensure the product is manufactured by recognized,
    reputable manufacturer. How financially stable is the
    manufacturer, how long have they been in business, who is
    backing the product should it fail?

    3. Is the product(s) EPA Registered? If so, provide
    Only EPA registered products have proven that they work as
    described. If they are not EPA registered, who verifies
    that they work and are safe to apply to the interior of a
    home? The EPA ensures you of that.

    4. Is the product(s) registered with the State in
    which the product(s) will be used?
    Products applied in most states require that they
    are registered with the State. This ensures that the State
    is aware of the product and has verified the safety and
    efficacy of the product.

    5. Provide MSDS and Technical Bulletin for each
    The MSDS shows you the safety of the product and
    lists any dangerous ingredients or dangerous health effects
    of the product. Does the MSDS show the active ingredients
    or does the manufacture hide the ingredients? Many
    manufactures hide their active ingredient because it is
    dangerous. The technical bulletin explains exactly how the
    product can be used as per manufactures specifications.

    6. Does your company carry General Liability insurance
    that covers mold?
    Anyone can get G.L. insurance. However, not many
    can get G.L. coverage that covers a mold claim. G.L.’s
    policies state if they cover mold and/or Antimicrobials on
    the insurance certificate.

    7. What warranty comes with your product and service?
    Provide Copy of Warranty.
    Read and understand all warranties to verify what
    is being covered and how much is being covered. A warranty
    that states to repair “to appropriate condition” may not
    cover anything. Verify that the warranty repairs the
    structure to State building code.

    8. Who guarantee’s your warranty? Provide
    The most important thing is WHO backs the
    warranty. If the contractor or the manufacturer files
    bankruptcy, who is backing your warranty.
    Remember “H.O.W.” and the tens of thousands of customers
    who received no warranty. A third party warranty is
    heavily scrutinized by the Insurance industry and has very
    specific guidelines to protect the consumer. Most States
    have very specific laws to protect you.

    9. What area of the structure do you treat and how do
    you verify the treatment?
    Do they treat the entire structure or just certain areas?
    How can they verify proper application?

    10. Are your applicators certified or trained to apply
    the product?
    Applicators should be trained and certified by the
    manufacturer. Are they trained to identify potential mold
    problems or structure issues? Do they receive continued

    11. How long has your product been on the market? List
    Products come and go. Lead paint and asbestos were
    thought to be safe and turned out to be harmful. Just
    because they say it works in a lab, does not mean that it
    works in real world applications. Show independent
    verification, not in house verification.

    12. How long have you been in business?
    Has the company been in business long enough to
    show their ability to survive in a hostile market. Will
    they be around long enough to stand behind their product?

    13. What professional organizations do you belong to?
    Many organizations require training, proof of
    financial responsibility, continued education and mandate
    ethical business practices.

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