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DDIY (Don’t Do It Yourself) Mold Removal

Blogger of the Week - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

 

Lately, you may have seen products advertised on television and the internet that claim to kill mold - and perhaps some of them actually do. For everyone wondering out there - household chlorine bleach does not kill mold! But there is much more to mold remediation than just using a spray purchased from a big box store. If you suspect that there may be mold in your facility or home, there are many reasons that you should hire a qualified professional to handle the job.


First start by “thinking like mold”! Mold spores + moisture + food = mold growth. Learn what caused the mold and how it survives. Is there a water leak? Understand the source. Has it been fixed? How extensive was the water damage? Is the area still damp or have poor air ventilation?

 

“Mold food” does not always have to be high in nutrients and can include surfaces such as wood, drywall, and even paper. Do-it-yourselfers may not have the knowledge to remediate mold thoroughly, which will likely result in the reoccurrence, and many times, the reappearance of visible growth.

 

If all growth, including non-visible hyphae (the long, fiber like strands, that are the main method of mold growth) are not removed, you will remain susceptible to additional or continued growth. Did you know, the hyphae can extend up to 2 feet beyond the suspect growth you can see? In addition, Spores can travel through the air when disturbed, spreading the problem to other unaffected areas.

 

Experienced professionals like Rolyn have the know-how, necessary products, and industry certified equipment to complete the job thoroughly and properly, without the risk of cross contamination. This valuable service is often less expensive than expected and can sometimes be covered by homeowner’s insurance. The return on properly handling mold issues in your facility/home and bypassing potential health risks is incalculable. Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects. Some people are sensitive to mold. For them, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation.

 

Some other reasons to consider a professional mold removal company are the legal ramifications of DIY mold removal. Toxic mold lawsuits are very complicated, since they often involve multiple causes of action, can implicate a wide range of potential defendants, and require specific medical and scientific expertise. Most toxic mold lawsuits against building owners and landlords are settled before trial, but those filed against homeowner's insurance providers typically are resolved at trial.

 

It’s critical to select a contractor with experience and a track record for successfully remediating mold. Check references, reviews, and even consult with previous clients about what can be expected. As with any service provider, evaluate multiple estimates and be cautious of contractors that don’t specialize in mold.

 


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