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Who should complete the mold cleanup depends on several factors. The first factor is the size of the mold issue. If the moldy area is less than ten sq. ft., you can handle this job by yourself in most instances. Follow our tips and techniques listed below.
When to contact an EPA-certified mold remediation specialist:
If there has been a lot of water damage or the moldy area is over ten sq. ft.
If you've identified a moisture problem in your HVAC system or suspect it may be contaminated with mold.
Do not run your HVAC system until a restoration technician has completed an inspection to verify your system is contaminated. Doing so could cause the mold to spread throughout your home or building.
If the water or mold damage has been caused by sewage or other contaminated water.
If you have allergies or health concerns.
Castro's Cleaning & Restoration has created a list of tips and tricks to help you clean up your mold problem. Professional cleaners and mold remediation specialists may use methods not covered in our steps. Mold may cause staining and cosmetic damage if not restored properly or early enough. Due to this, it may not be possible to restore an item to its original appearance.
Work with your mold remediation company to include air duct cleaning as part of the process.
Keep a dehumidifier running in areas of your house that aren't well-ventilated, like basements or attics.
Avoid mildew in your shower and tub by letting it air dry after use before closing the shower curtain.
Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces. Paint applied over moldy surfaces is likely to peel.
Keep an eye on your utility bill and note any increases in water usage. Hidden plumbing leaks can take weeks or months to become apparent due to mold growth, exacerbating the problem.
Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners when cleaning away mold. It creates a poisonous gas.
Mold testing does not have to be a precursor to mold remediation; however, knowing the strain of mold helps your remediation technician know which products will be most effective.
Mold remediation service is the process of identifying, removing, and preventing the growth of mold in indoor environments.
Common signs include a musty odor, visible mold growth, water damage, or experiencing health issues like allergies or respiratory problems.
Mold should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further damage and potential health risks. Mold can spread rapidly.
No, mold can grow behind walls, under flooring, and in hidden areas. Professional mold inspectors use specialized equipment to detect hidden mold.
Mold exposure can lead to respiratory issues, allergies, skin irritation, and other health problems, particularly in individuals with mold sensitivities.
It's usually safe to stay in your home during mold remediation, but precautions may be necessary to minimize exposure to mold spores.
Professionals use various methods, including containment, air filtration, HEPA vacuuming, and the removal of contaminated materials to eliminate mold.
Mold prevention includes addressing water leaks promptly, maintaining proper ventilation, and keeping humidity levels in check.
Painting over mold is not a solution, as it won't eliminate the problem. Mold needs to be removed and the affected area properly treated.
The duration of mold remediation depends on the extent of the mold growth. Minor cases may take a few days, while extensive issues can take longer.
The cost of mold removal can vary widely based on several factors, including the extent of the mold infestation, the type of mold, the affected areas, and the method of removal. Small, isolated mold problems may cost a few hundred dollars to remediate, while larger, more widespread infestations can run into several thousand dollars. The complexity of the removal process, such as whether it involves HVAC systems or hidden mold behind walls, can also impact the cost. Additionally, geographic location and the need for any repairs or preventative measures can influence the final expense. To get an accurate estimate, it's best to have a professional mold inspection and remediation specialist assess your specific situation. Keep in mind that addressing mold promptly is essential to prevent further damage and potential health issues, which can ultimately save you money in the long run.
Mold can return if the underlying moisture problem is not resolved. A professional mold remediation service will identify and address the source of moisture to prevent recurrence.
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