Do you need a superhero to combat the mold in your home or office?
Every mold problem is unique.
Some are easy fixes; others are not.
What are the top two factors in whether you need to hire a professional remediation company?
Answer #1: The size of the affected area
As a general rule of thumb, if you think the mold has spread to an area of more than three square feet, it’s a good idea to at least have a professional perform an inspection, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
This is especially true if you aren’t sure what sort of water problem caused the mold. Because if you don’t know where the water came from in the first place, the mold might just come back again.
Answer #2: You can smell something moldy, but you can’t see it
Or if you know there’s been water damage, but you aren’t sure where or how the damage occurred.
An experienced mold professional can track down mold hiding in the most obscure (and surprising) places.
Questions Homeowners Ask About Mold
When you find (or suspect) mold in your home you’ll ask yourself the same questions that so many of our customers do:
- Do I really have mold in my house?
- How did it get there?
- Do I have a water problem I didn’t know about?
- Is the mold affecting my family’s health?
- How in the world do I get rid of mold?
- After cleanup, how do I know if all the mold is gone?
- Can I clean it up myself?
- And if I can’t clean it myself, how much will it cost me to hire a professional?
And that, friends, is just the start of the conversation that we have with so many people who are concerned about mold problems in their homes or offices.
The reality is that there are countless factors that play into mold problems and the methods you might deploy to fix them.
Each instance of mold is different. Sometimes you quickly clean up mold on your own, wash your hands, grab a beer, and congratulate yourself on a job well done.
Other times, such as after flooding or water pipe failures, mold threatens to ruin entire buildings. Quick, knowledgeable action can mean the difference between successful remediation … or a ruined investment.
So, let’s dive in.
5 Reasons to Hire a Real, Licensed Expert to Help you Evaluate Your Mold Problem
- Mold is sneaky, especially the stuff that grows on drywall. Sure, there’s just a tiny patch of that gross black stuff on the visible side of the wall. But often that’s just the tip of the proverbial moldy iceberg.
- Do it right, do it once. Guess what happens if you mess up a mold cleanup? You’re left with a lingering (or worsening) mold problem.
- Water issues are often difficult to find and repair. Mold growth requires water, but often you have no idea where that water is coming from.
- Preserve your family’s health. Tearing into a moldy wall might satisfy your angry inner Hulk and make you feel like you’ve accomplished something, particularly after a traumatic event like flooding. In some cases, you’re only adding to the problem.
- Fly-by-night mold “pros” are the norm, not the exception. From restoration types to your know-it-all next-door neighbor, anyone with Internet access can claim to be a mold expert. But only a handful people in the Midwest have multiple advanced certifications in mold analysis and removal.
And your bonus reason to seek out a mold professional:
- Every mold inspection is like putting together the pieces of a multidimensional jigsaw puzzle. With widespread mold problems, you must factor in building construction, water movement dynamics (including water vapor and ice), airflow and ventilation, climate, and other variables that all play a role in mold development. And that’s before you even consider the potential complexities of remediation.
Call Dave Bayne at A1 Now
At A1 Mold Testing & Remediation, our owner and general manager, Dave Bayne, has been working in the industry for two decades. In that time, he’s evaluated basic leaky kitchen sinks to jaw-dropping damage at massive military bases … and everything in between.
When people call him saying they have a mold problem, he’ll ask them a few basic questions.
“What is your level of concern? Do you know what the moisture problem was that caused the mold to grow?” If you don’t know for sure, it is time to call a professional,” says Bayne. “Mold can be tricky, and it is not always a black-or-white situation.”
No matter the job size, he always applies the same investigative and remediation principles.
He also knows you want real answers from a real person. Dave will happily tell you that mold removal isn’t as complex or expensive as it’s often made out to be.
He’ll also explain the terminology behind mold remediation. And he’ll do it in easy-to-understand language – not mumbo jumbo that makes the work seem harder (i.e. more expensive) than it really should be.
If he doesn’t think you really need his services, he’ll tell you. He also encourages customers to get bids from multiple companies so that you feel safe that you’re not being overcharged.
Do you want references? He’s happy to provide them.
Ready to be done with your mold problem once and for all?
Call or email today and put our A1 Mold Testing & Remediation superheroes to work for your family’s health and peace of mind.