Why Hiring a Mold Specialist Is Better Than Doing It Yourself

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There is no question that mold can be hazardous to your health. There are millions of websites that will tell you this. Some of these websites will tell you the facts while others are designed to scare you into acting. We believe in giving you, the consumer, the facts so that you can better determine what is best for you. There are many points to consider when deciding to take on a mold remediation yourself or bringing in a professional to do it for you. Some of them relate to health and others relate to cost.

First off, your health should be your primary concern. Many people believe that all they have to do is wear a mask and they will be fine. Some masks do work fine, but many people do not get those masks. Some masks will still allow mold to leak in, especially if worn wrong. I went to a client’s house for an inspection where the client came into the affected area with me. I had to tell her how to put her mask on as she had it on upside down. Those masks that work the best are very hard to breathe in. I get tested each year to make certain I am still healthy enough to wear one. Also, when working around the mold, the mold can get onto your clothes. You would breathe the mold in once you took your mask off even outside the remediation area.

Second, spores can spread easily. If proper containment and air filtration is not used, the process of removing the mold can cause it to move to other parts of the house. In one instance in Syracuse, NY, a tenant removed items from the remediationarea prior to us getting there. The mold on the items caused the mold issue to spread to the living room.

Third, different molds grow in different conditions. Knowing what conditions are present will help keep mold from coming back. I go to many houses each month where people tell me they keep “cleaning” the mold, but it keeps coming back. Proper identification of the mold and moisture source will keep you from spending money on a problem that never goes away. A professional may seem expensive on the onset, but will turn out to be cheaper in the long run.

Lastly, proper professionals will be able to see other potential hazards. We at EnviroTech are trained in health related concerns. You do not want to remove mold from your attic only to find out you had asbestos containing vermiculite in the area.  I did an inspection for a client in Rochester, NY that decided to remove the drywall on the ceiling of his bathroom only to drop the vermiculite into the bathroom. That turned out to be a very expensive repair job for him.

Hiring a professional to take care of your mold problem is part of the job. What you need to watch for is what professional you bring out. Some are not trained and believe the cleanup can be done by painting over it after bleaching the area. You will come to find out you will be hiring someone else again because it will not fix the problem.  Hire the right person first, you will be glad you did, just ask anyone who had to pay for the problem twice.