THE SHORT ANSWER
Do-It-Yourself Mold Remediation Can Get the Best of You
Finding mold in your home can be a disturbing event, especially if you have never dealt with it before. But is it something you can handle on your own? Does it always require professional intervention? The short answer is yes. Always call a professional and the following are the reasons why.
A MORE IN-DEPTH ANSWER
For most DIY projects, you can watch a short video and learn almost everything you need to know. This is not true with mold remediation. It is possible that you will make the problem worse - not only for your indoor space but for your health. Although mold does occur organically, it is still considered a hazardous material. Proper training, licensing, safety gear, and specialized equipment are key to a successful mold removal job.
A trained mold remediator knows the first step to any job is assessing safety hazards. Mold naturally gives off spores as part of its reproduction cycle, but you could be releasing even more spores into the air if you do not let an expert handle the problem.
Cleaning mold or removing moldy materials may seem easy but agitating the colony can release even more spores into the air. These spores risk infestation elsewhere in the home. In such a concentrated amount they are especially dangerous to inhale. Mold professionals have the knowledge, equipment, and training to keep the air clean and prevent cross-contamination during remediation.
Mold's location is not always obvious. Detecting the location of the mold source is incredibly important. Even the smallest amount of mold will grow and release spores right back into your indoor space. Having the right tools helps minimize this risk. Utilizing specialty tools like moisture meters, hygrometers, and infrared cameras, mold professionals can determine the exact location of mold and remove it at the source.
Many homeowners ask about the cost. Each job is different; if your repair costs are going to be high, you may want to contact your homeowner insurance agent. Many policies will cover mold damage.
Beyond health and finances, handling a mold problem also comes with a fair number of legal regulations. Many states have stringent laws requiring a licensed professional to handle the issue. Florida has passed regulations on who can legally perform mold remediation.
Another item to consider is having a laboratory test your air for mold or other particulates. The lab will be able to tell how much and what kinds of mold are present, along with levels of pollen, skin cells, and insect fragments.
This is a lot of information. A qualified mold remediation technician can help you through the process and follow all the local guidelines to get your home or office healthy again.