Having Professional Mold Removal? Here’s What to Expect

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Damage caused by damp on a wall in modern house

Mold is a very common issue in homes today that people often don’t know they have until it grows into a serious problem. This is because mold is great at hiding in the darkest, most hard-to-reach corners of a home. If undetected for long periods of time, it can damage the structure of your house and negatively affect the health of those living inside of it. If caught early, this can be an easy problem to fix.

Mold spores are everywhere and they get inside your home by clinging onto your clothes and pets. Once the spores are inside and have a source of moisture to feed on, mold growth can spread like wildfire. Thus creating a massive headache for those living in the affected house, and sometimes even worse. Some of the more minor health effects from mold exposure are chronic cough and fatigue, eye irritation, headaches and skin rashes.

If left untreated, mold can cause a variety of more extreme health issues for those exposed to it for extended periods of time like asthma, vomiting, allergy development, bleeding in the lungs, circulatory damage and compromised immunity, making one even more vulnerable to further risks.

Calling in professionals is a very wise decision if you want to make sure the cleanup is done thoroughly and effectively. Mold can seep into drywall, hide in tiny crawl spaces and even get into ductwork and get redistributed around your home. Professionals will have the proper equipment to locate and eradicate mold growth in these places and others you may not have even thought of.

The cost of mold remediation can vary greatly depending on the size and scope of the affected area. This makes it difficult to predict an accurate standard cost of service, but BlackMoldRemoval.com estimates it can range between $500 and $6,000. The most important thing when choosing a team of professionals to come into your home is finding a company that you trust. Before writing any checks, you should ask to see their credentials and make sure you are comfortable with the team that’s going to be working for you.

Here’s what you can expect from a mold removal pro when they arrive to take care of your mold troubles:

1. Inspection

The team will come in and inspect your home and possibly take some samples. This can take anywhere between 15 minutes and two hours. They should give you a full report on the mold in your home as well as locate its moisture source and propose a solution to control it. Inspections can sometimes cost extra, so be sure to ask about this ahead of time.

2. Remove Family and Pets

When they return for the actual mold removal, it’s likely that they will ask the whole family to leave while they work. It is best for anyone who is not involved in the cleanup process to leave the home for their own safety. The team will then come inside wearing the proper HAZMAT gear and get to work.

3. Seal the Area and Toss Water-damaged Materials

Once they’ve located the problem and gotten it under control, they will contain the contaminated area by hanging large plastic sheets from floor to ceiling. This prevents any mold spores from spilling into other rooms and creating future infestations. The team will then throw out any water-damaged materials with your approval. This could even pertain to damaged drywall or insulation.

4. Cleanup Time!

Every cleanup job is different. The process can involve any or all of the following: hard scrubbing with EPA-approved mold killer biocide, HEPA filtration to clear out mold spores and HVAC sterilization.

5. Encapsulate It

To prevent any future growth from invisible mold spores that could have miraculously survived that process, the mold removal professionals will spray down the affected area with some form of encapsulant. They will then remove the plastic sheets, dispose of their cleanup materials and leave you to breathe easy in your mold-free home.

For free quotes from mold removal and water damage professionals in your area, call (855) 425-5157.

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Tricia Hall is the Content Manager at BlackMoldRemoval.com, a mold resources website that educates people on all things moldy and offers free quotes from local professional remediation services.

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