Scouting as as much about learning basic life principles as it is for preparing young men for the future ahead. Regardless of what the future may hold in terms of career, it is highly advisable for Scouts to learn a practical trade to better prepare them for life. Now, these skills do not necessarily have to be used, but in line with the motto “always be prepared” it is important to have them in your tool belt just in case. In this post we will discuss the highly lucrative trade of mold remediation and testing. While this may not seem like the most glamorous job, it is one that needs to be done and can pay high dividends when done correctly.

What is mold removal and why is it important?

Mold removal (or remediation) is the process of identifying and removing mold from homes and commercial buildings. It is not only highly lucrative, but provides a great services to the community. Mold can be highly toxic, and extensive exposure can result in symptoms including:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Loss of memory
  • Stiffness
  • Joint pain

The job of any mold specialist is to first identify the strain of mold in the building, then come up with a comprehensive plan to eradicate it completely. Oftentimes mold will be caused by excessive water exposure, and the source must first be found before removal is attempted in order to prevent re-infestation.

How can you become a mold specialist?

As with any career, becoming a mold remediation specialist takes time and training. There are a number of training programs throughout the nation, but your best bet will be to find a company in your city and intern with them (here is a list of nationwide remediation companies). For those of you in the WNY area, you can find a map of mold removal companies in Buffalo here. Certifications will vary depending on your city, but for New York, you can find the mold training and certification class here.

No schooling is required, only on-the-job experience, a desire to learn, and the drive to help your community.

How lucrative is it?

According to Homeadvisor, the cost of mold removal varies between a couple hundred dollars, and tens of thousands. Like many jobs of this nature, the amount the customer will have to pay varies greatly on the size and scope of the job. For example, if mold has spread throughout an entire building, the cost of remediation will be quite high. If it is only a small patch in the basement, it may only cost a few hundred dollars.

Is this a growing industry?

According to an article discussing trends in the restoration industry, jobs dealing with mold, asbestos, water damage, and anything else that requires emergency cleanup will always be around and continue to grow. The only difference between now and 20 years into the future will be how customers are marketed to, how regulations will change, and how technology will benefit or hinder the ability of specialists to do their jobs. This is why coming in at a young age is beneficial, because younger people will be more susceptive to changes in tech and industry practices, and can easily adapt and overcome.

Additional information

Mold removal on the state level is increasing. To explain this trend is industry expert Doug Hoffman, who was interviewed to discuss exactly how the mold industry is growing and changing. Check out the interview below.

Justin