Mold Removal: When Should You Call a Pro?
We’re exposed to mold spores in the air every day, both indoors and out, and most of the time that’s no cause for concern. But when is it time to call a pro to deal with mold removal? Read on to learn more!
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Call a Pro for Mold Removal:
- If you can smell mold, but you can’t find the mold or moisture problem.
- If there is so much mold that you can’t remedy the problem easily.
- If there are highly susceptible individuals in your home. This could include those with respiratory conditions such as severe asthma or allergies, and those with a weakened immune system caused by HIV, chemotherapy or an organ transplant. Young children and elderly persons may also be more susceptible to mold-related health issues.
- If there are other hazardous materials present, like asbestos or lead, that will be disturbed or removed along with the mold. Hire a contractor who is licensed for those mold removal hazards.
- If moisture has created structural problems. Consult a qualified contractor to do the repairs or a structural engineer to advise you on what needs to be done.
If You Call a Pro, Do Your Homework:
- Get several quotes.
- Ask for references.
- Ask about their experience, accreditation and training, particularly in indoor air quality.
- Ask if they hold any professional certifications or licenses. Certifications are voluntary, but they’re a good indication that a contractor has basic knowledge and participates in continuing education. A few states require licensing for mold testing and remediation contractors, but most don’t, so check with your state or local government.
- Ask if they use accredited labs and testing equipment. Lab accreditation is typically done through the American Industrial Hygiene Association and/or the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation.
- Ask if the testing company is also involved with the mold removal remediation process; that could be a conflict of interest.
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