What steps of Mold Remediation are necessary to remove the mold in your home?
Mold isn't an issue you can kick down the road if you care about the health of the resident. Lungs, allergies and the immune system all take a hit daily when living in a home with mold.
Step One: You really need to identify the source of moisture causing the mold.
Assessing mold growth involves more than just looking at what's visibly growing on the floors, walls or ceiling. Mold can be a hidden intruder, growing behind what you can see. Such devious behavior requires curious thinking.
Experts know where to look for the moisture problem. Often once identified, other hidden areas which are affected can be identified. This is essential if you want the air in the home healthy for those living there.
Step Two: You want a professional report showing how the water got in and created the mold, with a plan to fix it.
This should include photos and maybe video for possible claims with your home insurance and even expenses with your health insurance. The plan will include dates for when the work can begin, the stages of work and future completion. It is possible with profession documentation that the homeowner's insurance company will relocate the resident while repairs are being made. Without a professional involved in the repairs, it is unlikely you will get any help from your health or home insurance.
Step Three: Remediation always involves removing mold and preventing the growth of new mold by removing the source of moisture.
Do not trust this to a generic general contractor. Mold Remediation professionals take on the liability of future health problems when they are paid to fix the building. They guarantee their services will solve the problem. This is why you should hire a certified mold remediation specialist.
Step Four: Certain types of mold must be disposed at landfills certified to manage dangerous materials.
All the infected wood, sheetrock and carpet should be properly disposed as directed by environmental laws. Failing to do so places the homeowner at risk for fees and fines for violations. Again, solve this by hiring a professional.
Step Five: Implement a moisture management strategy and schedule periodic testing to ensure the problem was solved.
Liability and health problems from mold can be dramatically decreased by doing it right the first time. Clean up must be immediate and thorough. It may seem a simple truth, but most mold problems get out of hand because landlords, contractors and homeowners take too long to address the problem.
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