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Why You Should Never Use DIY Methods for Mold Removal

25 Sep 2019 11:54 AM | Andrea Hayes

Did you know that mold poses dangerous health risks, that it can extensively damage your building, and that it can even drive your property value down? 

If you see mold in your building, you really can’t afford not to hire a professional to remove it.  There is no price on your health, and continued exposure to mold can lead to devastating repercussions, including coughing, wheezing, bronchitis, and even pneumonia.  For someone with a compromised respiratory or immune system, this could prove fatal!

In addition to the mold you can see, there is likely patches growing in hidden places - behind walls, underneath carpets, in basements, attics, and closets. If you experience any sort of flooding, leakage, or spill, mold can start growing within as little as 24 hours. As dangerous as mold is, it is never wise to rely on do-it-yourself methods to manage it.  You really need a mold remediation specialist!

Mold re-mediators do more than simply removing the mold from your home.  They identify the source of the mold, which is essential to prevent it from coming back.  If you have any kind of moisture leak, defective ventilation system, or standing water issues, you are at risk for continued mold growth.  An initial cleaning alone will not solve the problem.  It is vital that you allow a mold remediation professional to locate the source of the mold, eliminate the source of its growth, and then to establish a successful preventative program. 

Are you still not convinced that you need to hire a professional?  Consider this – no matter how thoroughly you clean the area where mold has been found, you have no way of knowing if the airborne mold spores have truly been eliminated.  Professional mold re-mediators utilize High Efficiency Particulate Arrestor (HEPA) vacuums to ensure that all residual mold particles are gone.  The filters in regular vacuums will not sufficiently pick up mold spores and can even serve to spread them.  Additionally, you probably have limited knowledge on the safety practices and precautions of treating mold infestation.  By following EPA approved safety guidelines, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), professional mold re-mediators ensure the safety of all individuals in your home, including the workers removing it. 

There truly is no substitute for hiring an IJCSA certified mold remediation specialist.  Don’t wait for your mold problem to destroy your property and your health.  See our IJCSA directory below and remove the problem at its source! 

https://ijcsa.org/Flood-Damage-Restoration-Services

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