A mold remediation project is something that might be small enough to handle on your own or requires professional intervention. Costs range from the price of some cleaning products and some elbow grease to thousands in professional restoration services like shown above. This large price discrepancy is why hiring an independent mold inspector separate from the removal process is a wise decision. Having an unbiased third party assess your proper is the best way to determine exactly what your home or business requires in terms of cleaning.
First, we will discuss situations that professional mold removal services are NOT necessary. These instances can be seen when common non-toxic mold like cladosporium or basidiospores are seen throughout a property. Examples of this type of mold growth can be seen in showers, tubs, sinks, around window ledges, and on air conditioning vents. Fungus like this grows because of condensation that happens at a place where environments naturally change from hot to cold. Anyone can handle a cleanup like this because it is happening on a non-porous (Hard) surface like tile, aluminum, or metal and the species present is non-toxic. A bleach based cleaner can be used to clean up this type of growth, but we always recommend a more specific mold cleaning solution.
On the other hand when a home or business has had some type of water damage you may require professional restoration services. Things like a pipe burst/leak, roof/window leak, flooding can all cause these types of issues. Organic building materials like wood, drywall, and insulation are perfect nutrients for mold to feed on. Add water to the equation and you have the recipe for some serious problems. Even if you do have these types of issues, it is possible that they can be cleaned and dried before any fungus starts to grow. Having air and surface samples collected by an independent mold inspector is the best way to determine if any problems have indeed started from the water damage. In the event mold colonies have in fact started to sprout on the building material inside your home or business, here is a typical procedure for what needs to be done in order to get rid of the problems.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Removing of Contaminated Materials
Cleaning the Contained Areas
Air Duct Cleaning
Containment Used During Reconstruction
As you can see the above steps require both equipment and experience beyond that of the average individual. Since indoor mold growth has been shown to negatively impact people’s well being, we HIGHLY recommend hiring a professional if your problem is serious enough. It is also wise to air samples done within the containment area once the restoration company hired believes it is complete. Making the mold removal company pass a clearance test helps make sure the job is complete and your home has in fact returned to normal. If you’d like to setup a pre or post remediation inspection, please give MI&T a call at 855-600-6653 to speak with a customer representative.