The moment you notice that mold has accumulated in your home, it’s time to begin considering the next course of action to take. Some predicatments with mold are easier to remedy and can usually be done on a DIY basis with the right supplies. However, others might require the assistance of a professional to properly clean and ensure that there is no lingering threat of it spreading elsewhere in your home. So how do you know whether it’s time to hire a professional or do it yourself?
Mold is an airborne type of fungus that mobilizes in spores. It thrives in moist environments and replenishes itself on nutrients like dust and wood. Even though every home naturally encapsulates mold, once it becomes visible you have a problem. Mold remediation doesn’t completely rid your home of mold, but it brings it back to natural levels. Mold removal can be as simple as scrubbing it off of a surface with a toothbrush, or as complicated as an army of hazmat suits storming your home like it’s the movie ET. We recommend you purchase a cheap mold testing kit to see what you’re dealing with before determining what to do next.
Small amounts of mold can often be removed without professional assistance. Usually these are small patches without lots of visible growth. These areas often include the around shower, near the sink, running up the plumbing, and other areas that are accustomed to frequent dampness. If you can easily access these small areas, you can make an easy mold remedy with common household supplies. These include mixing 1:9 mixture of bleach to water. Spray it directly onto the exposed face of mold and scrub it until it’s gone.
Smaller jobs like this are the only ones you should attempt to do on your own. Even though mold may seem relatively non threatening at first, it’s best to let a professional come in. For those who are unfamiliar with mold’s unwanted side effects, prolonged exposure to certain types of mold can cause serious health issues like organ damage, certain cancers, and even stimulate neurological problems. By rule of thumb, if the job looks like it's too big for you to solve, call a professional.
The most dangerous types of household molds include stachybotrys, aspergillus, cladosporium, and chaetomium. Professional mold remediation companies are familiar with all of these and have the knowledge and experience to easily remove them. It is beneficial to do a quick Google search once you notice mold in your home so you can identify what is beyond your range of expertise. Professionals will take all the necessary precautions to guarantee the process is safe and effective.
You can expect a professional to inspect every likely area of your home for mold growth. These include areas that most wouldn’t consider like under the floorboards, or in small, unfrequented nooks of your home. Before a specialist arrives, it is best to prepare for them to conduct a floor to ceiling search. It can be helpful to move any furniture away from the walls, especially pieces that are next to windows to make the search smoother and more thorough. It may also be helpful to inform them on where the bathrooms and areas that are exposed to water are in the home. Prepare for news that your home may require restorations in areas that have been seriously damaged by mold.
Green Clean Restoration is proud to serve the Baltimore Metro Area by keeping homes and commercial spaces free from harmful bacterias caused by mold. You can always count on us to make an accurate assessment of any mold related damage or infiltration, and recommend the most logical course of action. We pride ourselves on being Baltimore’s leading ECO friendly mold remediation company and continue to offer our expertise to our valued customers. Our services include mold inspection, testing, and mold remediation. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for a risk free quote and learn more about how we can assist you today.