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 homeowner's 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.
Are you wanting to fix the Mold Issue or just put a band-aid on the problem? I would not recommend just putting a band-aid on the problem but I would recommend you having the issue resolved. You first might consider having sampling and testing to determine how severe the issue is or not. Why spend money if you do not have an issue. Knowledge is power stated Martin Luther King. Now, once you have the knowledge, make sure you apply the knowledge to correct the problem and issue.
David Snell is a Certified Mold Inspector and a Certified Mold Remediator and he has been in business since 1987.
Let me add a personal touch to this article that might or might not hit home with some of you. My best friend became critically ill, because she did not take her water damage, which led to Mold issues to be very serious. She had a town home and house and she had water damage in both and she just left them and decided Mold or Water Damage was not a very serious thing. Did either water damage, which created her Mold issue have any thing to do with her illness. I believe it did.
My name is David Snell and I am a business owner and I have been in business since 1987. If I can assist you with a phone call, pick up the phone or email me and I will gladly do what I can to help or assist you.