Mold mediation and removal services require a lot of specialized equipment and supplies to do the job correctly, from the correct drying equipment with HEPA air handlers to control the spread of the mold to safety protective gear well the work is being down and the correct chemicals to stop the grow of the mold. Worker should take care to control the spread of mold spores throughout the area and at times we may need to have home owners and occupants to leave to keep them safe well the works being performed.
We get ask a lot should we pay to have mold testing, at times yes, but not always.
Mold inspection and test may help to confirm whether the doctor’s or patient’s suspicions that a mold problem exists.
For real estate transactions for the protection of Buyers and Sellers.
Landlord/Tenant disputes as to whether there is a mold problem.
Someone thinks they see or smell mold but are not sure.
Someone is interested in a general Indoor Air Quality test of their environment.
Why Over-The-Counter Home Mold Tests Kits Are not reliable or accurate,
Can’t I just go to my local home improvement store and buy a home mold test kit to test the mold myself? Here’s why that’s a bad idea.
Mold test results from DIY home mold tests are often misleading or simply wrong (i.e. due to sampling error). It’s best to have professional take the test and interpret the results.
Home Mold Test Kits don’t include a visual inspection conducted by a mold professional … very important! A professional mold inspection includes not only sampling, but a comprehensive visual inspection to detect issues and problems related to mold that are not apparent to most people without training in building sciences and mold inspections.
You must understand that Mold is everywhere. Yes, all homes have small amounts of mold. Therefore, when a petri dish from a home mold test tells you that you have mold, it is not telling you anything particularly useful since every home has mold!
If you suspect a mold problem but do not actually see it or smell it, these test kits do little to help you locate the problem or tell you how serious it is.
Don’t take our word for it. Here is what the U.S. Government EPA says, verbatim:
Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods, and interpreting results. Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other professional organizations.”
Just remember our simple rule: If you can already see mold, you need to remove it. Testing is usually unnecessary at this point.
Do I need a mold remediation professional?
The answer to this question depends on a lot of factors, such as how big the mold problem is, what surface the mold is growing on, and how handy you are. But, in general, the answer is that the smaller the mold problem, the less likely you are to need a professional.
Mold problems go hand in hand with water problems, so when you’ve got a water leak or flooding that isn’t taken care of quickly, mold is usually soon to follow. But it doesn’t just take a catastrophic water event to bring on mold. For example, almost every home I have been in has some mold growing in the bathroom, crawl or basement areas.
Now, I’m no doctor, but I’d stake my reputation on stating that common bathroom mold in your tub or shower isn’t going to kill you. But let’s face it – it’s gross, it’s unattractive, and it doesn’t give you a feeling of cleanliness. The reason it’s so prominent in homes is because the bathroom is a high humidity environment, and most people don’t take the time to properly ventilate it and dry it out.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a mold professional to get rid of bathroom mold in your tub or shower. It is completely unnecessary. Any moderately handy person can buy some over the counter mold cleaner and clean their tile and grout and replace their caulking – all for the grand total price of under $100.00 if it’s not been leaking behind the structure. Just make sure to ventilate your bathroom going forward, so all your hard work won’t be wasted.
What about mold on drywall? Well, drywall is tougher. If it’s a small portion of drywall, like less than 10 square feet, most handy people can replace it themselves, or hire a common handyman to do it. Just be cautious on how the moldy drywall is handled. The drywall should be replaced and the work area thoroughly cleaned and vacuumed (HEPA filters are best). We also recommend wearing mask/respirator, gloves, and goggles as well for most mold jobs, including those that require drywall replacement.
Now, for mold issues that are bigger than 10 square feet or are located in challenging areas such as attics or crawlspaces, we do recommend hiring a professional. But the majority of mold problems are small ones that could be handled by a handy homeowner, just make sure to follow the above safety steps if you do try it yourselves. Of course, many people prefer to hire a mold professional anyway, for the sake of their own peace of mind that it was done properly. And that’s OK. We get it and would be happy to provide the services.