When you find mold in your home, is it ok to try and remove it yourself or do you need to call a mold company to remove it? Mold in the home can take many forms with some mold issues being simple fixes while other mold issues can be potentially dangerous to everyone living in the home.
If you believe there is mold in your home it’s only natural to want to take care of the problem yourself. It’s obviously a less expensive solution but it’s certainly not an easy task. One reason it’s difficult is the fact you may not be able to determine exactly how much mold you’re dealing with. You may be able to visibly spot mold in your home but it’s possible there are also some invisible contaminated areas. Finding and removing visible mold is one thing, but you also need to find the source of the mold and remove that as well or else it will eventually return.
t’s also important to know that mold spores can affect your family’s health. Mold typically has a negative affect on most people and it can cause adverse health issues or reactions. While possessing an abundance of knowledge on the topic of mold infestation it won’t really enable you to deal with the problem without access to the specialized detection and remediation equipment.
t will help you understand how to prevent mold in the future but if you’re suffering from an infestation now it should be dealt with immediately to keep it from getting worse and becoming a more expensive problem to solve. Since mold is caused by excessive moisture and water you will need to check your home for any leaks and/or standing water.
If moisture can be kept to a minimum then the odds of mold returning will be much lower. It’s a good idea to make sure laundry rooms, basements, crawl spaces and attics etc are checked for moisture and kept as dry as can be.
You may be hesitant to contact a mold professional for a small infestation in the bathroom or laundry room and that’s completely understandable. You can probably remedy the situation on your own at a reasonable cost. If you notice mold on drywall you may be able to dispose of and replace it yourself and clean the underlying framework. In addition, the area should be thoroughly cleaned with a HEPA vacuum. When attempting to clean mold yourself be sure to wear gloves, goggles a respirator/mask. One of the reasons many people eventually call a mold removal company is that disturbing mold can make it airborn, which is a much more serious health risk and can cause respiratory issues.
If you find the mold problem in your home is much too big to tackle on your own or you aren’t exactly sure how much mold is present it would be wise to contact a mold professional. Your family’s health could be at risk and if the problem isn’t dealt with in a timely and professional manner it could cost much more to repair in the future.
Mold can quickly spread through a home and also return if it isn’t dealt with properly. Since professional companies have the experience, knowledge and specialized equipment needed to deal with mold infestation you may want to contact one for help.
This doesn’t mean you are obligated to anything since a good licensed mold company will gladly visit your home and offer advice along with a free quote for their services. For more information and to schedule an inspection please feel free to contact us today for a free estimate and inspection.