There are some cases when you can DIY mold removal. When should you hire a professional? What should you look for in a mold specialist? Let’s talk about that!
Did you know that 25 million folks in the U.S. have asthma?
That’s right. And while there are many types of allergens that trigger asthma attacks, mold is one of them. In fact, these microorganisms are responsible for some of the 40% of asthma attacks in U.S. homes.
Even if there’s no one in your household who suffers from such conditions, don’t take mold lightly. First, because excessive mold growths in your home bring down indoor air quality. Besides, they ruin your otherwise beautiful home.
If you think you have a huge mold issue, it may be time to hire a mold specialist. Before you do though, be sure to keep these following things in mind.
1. If You See Mold in Your Home, Don’t Panic Right Away
Let’s get one thing straight first: Mold is everywhere, including inside of homes. This is why it’s almost impossible to get rid of all mold spores inside your home. Be wary of anyone who tells you otherwise.
Although you can’t completely eradicate mold spores, you can control their growth. Molds need moisture to live, so you need to reduce this to prevent them from growing and spreading. Keep humidity level in your home below 50% and get your leaky pipes and roof fixed.
2. DIY Approach for Mold Issues Affecting Less than 10 Square Feet
When you see mold growths, deal with them right away. It takes as little as 24 to 48 hours for them to reproduce and spread.
If the affected area is no more than 10 square feet, then you can give it a DIY approach. You can use commercial mold removal solutions, or make your own soap and water solution. You can also mix a cup of regular bleach with a gallon of water.
If you had recent indoor flooding though, you may want to go for a professional mold inspection. Especially if there’s extensive water damage, some of which may not be visible. You may also need a professional inspection if you’re about to sell your home.
If the mold growth is bigger than 10 square feet, it’s best to hire a mold remediation company ASAP.
3. Some States Require Mold Removal Companies to Carry a Specific License
Depending on where you live, a mold removal company may need state licensing. For instance, in New Jersey, a mold remediation firm should have a consultancy license. Texas is another state that has strict mold removal regulations.
Aside from licensure, liability insurance is also a must for many of these companies. This protects you (and the company) in case of an accident and your property sustains damage.
4. A Reliable Mold Specialist Offers a Free, Detailed Estimate
Before you hire a home mold removal company, you should first receive a detailed estimate. This is a breakdown of all the steps the mold remover will take to remedy the problem. It also lists (in actual numbers) how much their estimated cost for each step is.
Be sure the mold remediation company explains everything in the written estimate! In fact, trustworthy contractors won’t wait for you to ask — they’ll guide you through it right away. They’ll tell you what each step is for, how long each step will take, and any materials they need to buy.
In a nutshell, you’ll learn where exactly your money will go.
5. Reputable Mold Removalists Won’t Push You but Will Educate You
One red flag to be on the lookout for is when a mold remover insists you need professional mold testing. Mold is mold, and whatever type it is, you want it out of your home.
Instead of pushing you to get services, they’ll share tips, such as how to prevent future mold problems. This includes reducing moisture levels in your home, which is what makes mold grow in the first place. They may advise you to fix roof and plumbing leaks and ensure you have exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom.
Don’t Delay Mold Removal
Whether you give it a go or choose to hire a mold specialist, the important thing is to treat the issue right away. Again, molds can spread in only one to two days. Leave small patches even just overnight, and they can already double in size the next day.
Don’t forget to fix leaks and get your indoor humidity level under control too! This way, you can cut off the molds from their food sources.
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