When is DIY Mold Removal Not Recommended?
Mold removal services can be very costly, so it’s perfectly reasonable that in order to save money many homeowners choose to do DIY mold removal rather than hire a professional cleaning company. Sometimes removing mold yourself can save you a lot of money, but at other times it can backfire on you and you end up paying even more than the initial estimates.
Mold is a fungi with lots of tiny spores that float through the air and are invisible to the naked eye. As long as the spores have moist surfaces to settle in they will continue to grow and proliferate. The problem with do-it-yourself mold removal is that homeowners do not always do a thorough job of removing moldy areas and mostly fail to dry moist surfaces completely. If mold is not totally removed and moisture problems are not fixed, mold will always grow back and continue to increase rapidly in numbers.
Another issue with DIY mold removal is that mold often grows in hard-to-reach places like inside walls, under floorboards, in crawl spaces and inside heating, ventilation and air conditioning ducts. Mold that is seen visibly growing by homeowners is often just the tip of the iceberg and a larger mold problem is hidden in other parts of the home, and so whatever visible mold they clean up will just return and continue to grow and spread unless they find the root cause of the infestation and the moisture problem.
DIY mold removal can be done if the cleanup is simple enough to perform yourself. However, in certain circumstances mold removal is better left to professionals.
1- You can clean up mold by yourself when it covers only a small area, but if the mold infestation is larger than 10 square feet the extent of the damage may be too big for any homeowner to handle.
2- When mold is growing in non-porous surfaces, like metal, glass, and tile, then it can be easily removed and cleaned using a mold removal product that is proven effective against a wide range of molds. Removing mold on porous and semi porous surfaces, like untreated wood, drywall, or acoustical ceiling tile will, however, need much effort and skill to complete every detail.
3- When your home has been flooded with water that may be contaminated with hazardous substances such as chemicals or sewage and mold develops, then it is not a good idea to do a DIY mold removal at all. Instead, it is best to call in professional mold removal services who have proper industrial-grade equipment, such as water extractors, dehumidifiers, and air movers to properly contain the affected area and remove and sanitize the contaminated materials.
4- It is also recommended to get expert help when mold is in your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Cleaning HVAC ducts employs the application of a specialized micro-vacuum technique which only trained professionals are qualified to do.
5- If you have an allergy to mold or have a mold-related health problem, or other health risks that might be made worse by exposure to mold, then it is absolutely not safe for you to clean up mold and get exposed to mold spores that might make you sick.
6- Mold removal that is extensive often involves a considerable amount of structural repairs, such as removing and replacing damaged drywall, or caulking and repainting an entire room, which is just too overwhelming for the regular homeowner to tackle. Qualified mold remediators have the skills and tools to do structural repairs, and will very likely do a better job than many homeowners to restore the home to working order.
If you’re not confident that you can do a thorough job of removing mold that is growing in your home, then it’s worth calling in professional mold removal services to do it quickly, safely and completely. If you want to cut on costs, you can choose a company that offers free in-home consultations and mold inspections where an experienced mold removal professional will discuss the extent of the mold problem with you and make recommendations on what areas DIY mold removal can be done and where professional services are needed.
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