Mold growth is a serious problem in any setting. It’s not just unsightly, it can also impact your health. At best, exposure to mold growth can result in minor respiratory and eye irritations. At worst, it can lead to more serious respiratory problems and health risks.
Although a very common issue after a property experiences a water damage emergency, mold growth isn’t just a result of summer floods. It can occur any time of the year. No matter what causes mold growth, it’s imperative that it be removed from your property immediately to stop it from spreading and jeopardizing your health.
That being said, you should never try to remove mold yourself. Over counter cleaners and bleaches are not effective in stopping mold growth and removing spores from surfaces and subsurfaces. In fact, trying to remove it yourself, could make matters worse in many ways.
Below, we’ll outline the many reasons why you should rely on the talents and skills of a mold removal expert to rid your property of mold.
Hiring a Professional Mold Removal Expert Reason #1: Testing
If you suspect your property has a mold problem, it’s best to be sure. That’s where testing is key.
If you spot what you believe is mold spores or smell a foul, musty odor in your home or business, then you should have your property inspected and tested for mold.
Why? Because it’s important to confirm if your property does in fact have a mold problem. Trained technicians will arrive onsite to test on the air and take surface samples in the area where the suspected mold is prevalent. The samples are sent to a professional laboratory that specializes in identifying mold.
After approximately three business days, the results of the tests are available for analysis. If the technician determines that the results are negative, then your property is mold free. No further action is needed.
However, if the results are positive, then your property is affected by mold growth. By hiring a professional mold removal service, you’ll be able to confirm if your property has a mold concern or if you have nothing to be concerned about.
Hiring a Professional Mold Removal Expert Reason #2: Locating
Trying to remove mold yourself almost always guarantees that you’ll never achieve success.
While you may be able to remove some spores from a surface using bleach or a store-bought cleaner, you’ll literally just address the problem on the surface level. You won’t be able to see or stop the spores that are growing underneath.
With a professional mold removal firm, you’ll be able to determine the extent of the mold growth. Using tools like thermal cameras and moisture meters allows technicians to locate the specific source of the mold growth and see where it may be spreading.
With this knowledge, the mold removal specialist is able to develop a plan to successfully rid your property of mold.
Hiring a Professional Mold Removal Expert Reason #3: Safety
Another big advantage of hiring a professional mold removal specialist is the safety measures they take during the mold removal process.
If you were to attempt removing mold on your own you could make matters worse. By agitating the mold without the right safety measures in place, you could release spores into the air. This not only causes spores to spread to previously uninfected areas of the property (where they can now cause additional mold growth), it also means you or others can breathe spore-contaminated air. When that happens, it can lead to minor and serious respiratory and health issues.
When mold removal experts arrive on scene, they’ll take all of the necessary steps to ensure that everyone in your property is safe during the removal process. First, they’ll wear protective clothing and respirators.
Next, they’ll erect barriers and rely in specialized equipment to contain the mold-infected area. After they block off the affected areas of the property, the technicians will use HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters to treat the infected area with negative air pressure. Doing so stops airborne mold spores from leaving this area and contaminating unaffected areas.
Without the proper safety measures in place, you could potentially put yourself and others at risk if you try to remove the mold with the help of experts.
Hiring a Professional Mold Removal Expert Reason #4: Prevention
Without the proper tools, techniques and safety precautions, a DIY mold removal project is going to be ineffective, poorly executed, and potentially more damaging to your property – and maybe even your health.
On the other hand, a trained and certified mold removal company expertly confirms the presence of mold, determines the extent of the infestation, and takes the necessary steps to remove the mold from the affected area.
Best of all, they use a process called encapsulation to keep the mold from growing again. By applying a specialized paint/sealant to the surface of the previously infested area, the technicians trap the mold to prevent it from releasing spores.
A DIY mold removal project will most likely stop the mold growth for a short time. Within a few days, the mold will begin to grow and spread causing more property damage and putting you at risk of health problems.
As you can see, it doesn’t pay to attempt mold removal on your own. You need the expert testing, planning, removal and prevention that only a professional mold removal company can provide.
If you suspect that your property is experiencing a mold growth problem, it’s time to take action. Instead of running to the store to buy bleach and ineffective cleaners, pick up your phone and call or email the mold removal team at FloodCo USA!
Our trained and certified technicians will use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques along with all recommended EPA and IICRC guidelines to successfully rid your property of mold.
Contact us today to learn more about our mold removal services!