Water Damage, Water Damage Restoration

Do I Have To Hire A Mold Remediation Professional

In these difficult economic times, people can almost be forgiven for trying to find new and better ways of doing things, even if it means doing harder task on their own in the name of saving a buck.  This of course begs the question, is it always necessary to hire a mold remediation professional?  Can I do the job just as well on my own?

This largely depends on just how big the mold growth is, how long it has been there, and the type of mold involved.  Some of the other factors would include the extent of the damage, type of property that is affected, health and safety concerns, and if the products used are environmentally safe and biodegradable.

According to EPA estimates, property owners can usually remediate areas that are 3 feet by 3 feet or smaller. Once the growth gets larger than that, it is usually advisable to call in a professional. It is also important to cut off the source of the moisture as soon as possible to prevent additional mold problems.

If the mold growth is extensive, it is much more likely to be dangerous, which again means professional help. When mold is disturbed it sends hundreds of thousands of spores into the air which can effectively spread the mold problem throughout the property.

The type of items affected will play a part in how involved you chose to become, with wood being far more prone to problems with mold than plastics or other non porous surfaces. Valuable wood items may require specialized cleaning, while those that are easily replaced should be thrown out. Antique furniture should never be treated on your own, but rather through the services of a qualified conservator.

In most cases, it is best to simply play it safe and call in a qualified mold removal professional.