Best Practice: Who Should You Hire for Testing Pre and Post Restoration?

Category: FAQ

Most restoration projects require testing, but who’s actually doing it? 

In this blog post we’re going to look at pre and post restoratio testing from two different perspectives, ultimately providing you with our recommendation on who should be doing the testing for your restoration needs. 

Our hope is that you’re more prepared to hire a restoration company, should you find yourself needing one. 

Why would I need testing? 

First, let’s define what we mean by testing. When it comes to restoration projects, we recommend testing for any situation involving (or potentially involving) mold, asbestos, and / or lead. These elements can be particularly dangerous to your family and the restoration company workers if not handled correctly. So when we talk about testing, we’re talking about testing for mold, asbestos, and lead.  

Testing by the restoration company. 

The first option for testing is having your restoration company do it (i.e. having the same person test that’s also doing the work). This is a common option that many restoration companies utilize, as it helps streamline the process, giving the homeowner one point of contact for the entire process.

Testing by a 3rd party organization.  

The second option is having a 3rd party do the testing. This means the homeowner interacts with two seperate companies. One that tests for mold, asbestos, and / or lead, and one who actually performs the restoration or remediation. 

What option is best? 

For homeowners to make an informed decision on which option is best, it’s important to understand that pre testing often informs the scope of work while post testing protects the quality of work. In essence, testing creates the proposal and also ensures the work is done properly. Now we can’t speak to the integrity of every restoration company out there, but at Green Clean our stance is this: 

If your restoration company is also your testing company, there’s a direct conflict of interest with how the proposal of work is being created, and how that actual work is being audited.  

At Green Clean we use a 3rd party for all of our pre and post testing needs. We do this because it eliminates any conflict of interest we would have during the proposal phase of the process and it forces our work to be 100% by the book, every time. 

Restoration projects often require testing. 

Our hope is that you understand how testing should correlate with the actual work; and how it shouldn’t. 

If you have any questions about our process, please feel free to give us a call. As always, we’re here to restore your healthy environment. 

-Green Clean Team

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