Working with third party administrators is pretty much a normal way of life for restoration contractors in the U.S. Only a select few companies have chosen the path of completely finding work on their own, and bypassing TPA work.
Catastrophes, while terrible for people in the affected area, produce a lot of restoration and remediation work in a concentrated area, making them an incredible business opportunity for restoration contractors.
In disaster restoration, most negotiations occur between the contractor’s estimator or project manager and the insurance adjuster. The negotiation tends to be adversarial in nature, and generally ends with one of the parties feeling like they were cheated or taken advantage of.
Conflict is not always avoidable. Inevitably, many companies will find their way into a courtroom, whether chasing payment, in a dispute with a former employee or business partner, or for any number of other reasons.
Usually mold testing is done with an inspection plus air and/or tape sampling. In recent years, our industry has seen a new method of mold testing – Environmental Relative Moldiness Index (ERMI) and sometimes it’s cousin HERTSMI-2.