When it comes to mold removal, the license matters

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Flood victims, if you are getting your home cleaned up by mold remediation companies, there are some things you should know.

First, since Houston was declared a disaster area, mold professionals don't have to be licensed.

Instead, unlicensed companies can register with the Texas Department of State Health Services. You can read more on emergency guidance on mold remediation under Gov. Greg Abbott's disaster declaration on the state website.

People who are not licensed in the state of Texas may not issue a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation, or CMDR.

So, what is the difference between a licensed mold contractor and one that is not licensed? A contractor licensed by the state of Texas has proven their knowledge and can issue a CMDR.

These certificates are important for many homeowners who want peace of mind, and some insurance companies may want to use it to verify that mold has been removed correctly.

The bottom line is to try to hire someone who can clean and get you that certificate, too. You will only pay one price for the service.

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