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If you have mold in your home, you need to act on it as soon as possible and arrange for remediation (mold removal and cleanup). Mold can grow and spread very quickly in the right conditions, filling your home with a musty odor and possibly toxic spores. Certain types of mold, such as Stachybotrys (black mold)and Aspergillus can release mycotoxins that can cause a wide variety of health problems in many people, especially those with allergies or with a compromised immune system.
If you suspect there may be hidden mold, such as inside leaky pipes, or if you are not sure if the mold is toxic, then you may need to have your home tested by a licensed mold inspector.
If your home does have mold, what can you do to get rid of it? For a small area of less than ten square feet, you may be able to eradicate the mold with a strong solution of one cup of chlorine bleach per gallon of water.
However, if the moldy area is larger than ten square feet, or if there is any amount of toxic mold present, it is best to call in remediators. They have the tools and equipment to do a thorough job and contain the mold while cleaning so that the airborne spores will not contaminate the rest of the house.
Licensed remediators can also help make any necessary repairs to prevent future mold problems. They should be familiar with different types of mold and the factors for mold growth such as air temperature, humidity and condensation, and they should have experience with HVAC systems and dehumidification.
What are some of the qualifications to look for in a mold removal contractor? First, make sure that they are licensed, certified and insured. Check with your state’s health department for information on licensing requirements for contractors.
Ask around for recommendations from friends, family and neighbors. Call three companies to inspect your home and give you an estimate, but keep in mind that the lowest bid does not necessarily mean that company will do the best work. Inquire about their experience with mold removal projects similar to yours, and ask for references. Make sure that they guarantee their work.
When each company comes over to inspect the damage and give a written estimate, make sure that they do a complete inspection, not only of the moldy area but also floor boards, pipes, behind the drywall, and other areas where mold may be hidden. Ask if the estimate includes any repairs that may need to be done to prevent the mold from coming back.
Another important consideration is personality. Since they will be working in your home, you should feel comfortable with them and they should treat you and your property with respect and professionalism. It is not difficult to find the best company for your mold removal if you do a little research and ask the right questions.