Maitland, FL (PressExposure) July 15, 2007 -- As we are in the middle of hurricane season, we want to warn homeowners that they might fall victim to those who prey on the unfortunate. With water damage comes mold. If this happens to you, will you know what to do or not do? In our book: MOLD MATTERS â Solutions and Prevention we list our 10 commandments to avoid getting ripped off. Each commandment has a personal story that we have witnessed and each time we have a hurricane we find other people who invariably get ripped off with the same scenarios.
The following 10 commandments need to be recited twice before doing anything. If at any one point you decide to break any one of them, recite them again twice. If that does not sink in, go ahead and recite your Mea Culpa.
Dobbsâ 10 commandments to avoid getting ripped off:
1. Thou shalt not hire fly-by-night companies.
2. Thou shalt not put your signature on a contract without reading the fine print.
3. Thou shalt not hire anyone without asking for references.
4. Thou shalt not skip the mold assessment phase.
5. Thou shalt not hire the same company to do both the finding (mold inspection) and the fixing (mold remediation).
6. Thou shalt not hire mold inspectors who analyze microbial samples in the back of their trucks.
7. Thou shalt not try to save a buck by hiring a handy man.
8. Thou shalt not skip the post-remediation sampling phase.
9. Thou shalt not trust miracle cures without scientific evidence that they have passed a clearance test.
10. Thou shalt not give full payment upfront to anyone.
Print the above and put it away with your homeownerâs insurance policy.
PS: If you avert big problems because of our 10 commandments, E-mail us a thank you note at http://www.iipmi.com, or, better yet, send $10 to your favorite charity.