If you’ve discovered mold inside you home you may be alarmed and not sure how to proceed with having if safely removed from your home. The following list is a basic information to help you get through what can be an overwhelming and confusing process.
- Find out why its growing. If you have mold in your home, it is growing for a reason. Typically, mold growth is caused by some type of water leak. It may be a leaky supply line under your sink or inside a wall, or it could be rain water coming in through a worn-out roof or weather stripping. Whatever the source, before the mold damaged material is removed, it is recommended that you stop the source of water before and work is done so the mold does not return.
- Bleach will not remove the mold. The most common misconception we hear about is that mold will clean up mold. Countless homeowners have told us that they cleaned up the mold with bleach only for it to return. Bleach does not remove mold, it only takes the color away and the colonies will remain and continue to grow.
- Contact a mold remediation company. To have mold safely removed from your home, it is best to have this done by professionals. When mold remediation is conducted, the company will set containment up around the affected area and use equipment that creates negative air pressure inside the containment so the mold spores do not spread and contaminate the rest of your home with potentially toxic mold. A professional mold remediation company will also remove the affected parts of you home that will allow for easy repairs once the mold is safely removed.
- General contractor. After the mold and affected materials have been safely removed it is time to have your home repaired. Most mold remediation companies do not repair the home after the mold has been removed. You can speak with your chosen mold remediation company before remediation begins so that you can understand what the scope of repairs is likely to be and they may even be able to recommend some contractors to help with the repairs.
- Call your home owners insurance company. Your home owners insurance carrier may be able to assist with some of the expenses associated with mold damages. If you are thinking about filing an insurance claim it’s a good idea to contact your agent to see if they can assist you in that process.
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