Have you taken a look lately at places within your home that may be harboring dangerous mold? For example, when was the last time you checked under your sinks, around toilets or tubs, on ceilings where water may have entered your home, in basements, or in crawl spaces or attics? These are all likely places to find mold, and if you find it, you must remove it for the health and well-being of those who live there. Mold comes in thousands of species, multiple colors, and varying degrees of toxicity. Some molds are relatively easy to remove, and others are very difficult to treat and remove.
Just as you wouldn’t try to diagnose or treat yourself for a disease that was threatening your health, you shouldn’t assume that you’re qualified to find and treat mold in your home, even if “it would be cheaper”, because it would also cost you more at the hospital. You need to consult a professional mold specialist. Most of them will be glad to give you a free consultation, and they can answer many of your questions. You might wonder how to select the right person. First, be sure they are mold and water damage specialists. Check with the Better Business Bureau for recommendations. Find a company that has experience in your area, has certified staff members, and guarantees their work. Compare websites, and ask for references. Then check out the references to see that they are reputable and qualified to help you. Before you meet with them, you’ll need to check with your insurance company to see if your homeowners insurance covers mold or water damage problems. If it doesn’t, you may be able to add it. A well-qualified mold expert should be able to answer questions about the types of mold that are found on your property, tell you what’s necessary to fix your problem, give you advice on what to expect as you proceed, and give you an estimate in writing for the costs involved in the repair. When it comes to the repair, it is best to use the same company that performed the inspection seeing as how they are already familiar with the job. Most companies that offer inspections will also offer remediation, but it is best to know upfront, otherwise you may be doing the research again for a qualified company.
Anywhere there is dampness, darkness, stagnant air, or high humidity there may be mold. Like pollen or dust, mold spores are carried through the air, so the air within your home may be contaminated by mold spores. Be sure to have a professional test the air quality in your home. The air can be cleaned and the mold removed. Insulation, walls, vents, ductwork, wood, fabric, carpet—virtually any surface in the home can become contaminated, so a careful mold inspection and remediation are key at the first signs of this indoor intruder.