Finding mold in your home can be a scary thing. Is removing the mold something you can tackle yourself or do you need a mold remediation professional? Here are a few things to consider.
If you can see mold on walls, ceilings, tile, or flooring, the first question is how much is there? Are we talking about a small amount of mold on the surface or a large patch?
The second question is how long has it been there? If it’s a small patch and it’s brand new, chances are that you may be able to clean it up simply.
If it’s a larger area that’s infested with mold and or it’s been there for some time, it’s best to have a professional take a look. Larger mold infestations or mold that has had time to grow have a higher likelihood of having penetrated deeper into the materials it is growing in. In this case, surface cleaning is not likely to be effective in removing it. You may get rid of mold that you can see, but topical cleaners won’t touch the mold under the surface.
Do you have people in your home who have medical conditions like a weakened immune system, respiratory issues, or other concerns? If so, it’s best to have a professional take care of the problem to ensure that the mold remediation is complete and done safely. Likewise, if you have very young children or elderly family members living in the home, you should talk to a mold removal professional. Young children or the elderly are more likely to be harmed by issues caused by mold.
If you can smell mold but you can’t see it, the infestation is most likely inside walls or in other places where it’s difficult for a homeowner to remove the mold. A mold removal professional has the tools to both find the mold and to remediate it completely.
If the mold has infested your home to the extent that it has created structural issues or has infiltrated framing or joists, calling a professional is a must. Most infestations at this stage are critical and removal should not be attempted by a homeowner.
If you decide that you do need to have a mold removal professional take a look at the problem, we’re here to help.