Mold Removal – Should You Do it Yourself Or Call a Mold Remediation Specialist?
Mold: it’s everyone’s worst enemy. So what should you do when you discover that you have a problem in your home?
Most people tend to think that you can take care of the problem yourself. With so many mold removal “How To” articles on the internet, if you’re brave enough, you might just go for it. Unfortunately, most people do not have access to proper protection gear or even proper removal disinfectants. Well what about bleach? Unfortunately, the notion that bleach kills fungus is false. Bleach merely “bleaches” the color out while the roots remain intact and continue to grow. Furthermore, you need to do more than just kill it, you have to remove it.
To remove mold, a series of steps must be taken with great safety. From properly removing the fungus and the affected surface to proper disposal (even dead fungus gives off volatile organic compounds and is a potential allergen). For example, a common misconception that consumers come across is that you can effectively remove mold from your bathroom tile. Again, most so called mold killers commonly available on the market are made of bleach. Truly, the only way to remove the fungus from your shower stall is to completely remove the grout and re-grout the tile with a new application.
Factors in Mold Remediation Costs
Mold seems like a comparatively innocent issue. Sure, it's ugly ... when you see it. But sometimes, it's the mold you can't see that's more of a problem. Mold removal is one of those chores we tend to place low on a list of priorities because it doesn't seem like it does much damage, but it's a little like an iceberg; you don't always see the full extent of the problem. If you knew more about this seemingly innocuous substance, you might feel inclined to tackle mold removal more promptly.
1. Mold can cause degradation to buildings and even cause problems for the health of people and pets. You may not know it but when there's mold in the house, you can actually breathe in the spores.
2. Mold is not 'dirt', despite its grimy appearance. It is actually a living organism in the family of mushrooms and you don't just clean it, you kill it. Mold removal can be any ongoing job unless you remove the source and cause of it.
12. Removing old wallpaper could uncover a mold problem that you didn't know existed. Not only will it reveal it, but it will disperse mold spores into the air.
13. Mold removal should begin as soon as you notice the spores so that they don't have a chance to weaken or rot the surface on which they are feeding.
As unsightly and smelly as the spores may be, the greater motivating factor in mold removal is to maintain an environment of health and hygiene. Mold is quite a culprit in terms of allergies and respiratory problems and is sometimes overlooked. Keep your family - including pets - free of exposure to mold spores by being vigilant about dampness in the home.