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Residential Mold Removal Tips

[ 0 ] May 6, 2010

Residential Mold Removal

Residential mold removal is a must no matter what type of home you’re planning to own. And while it’s pretty obvious that older homes can become very susceptible to mold, even more surprising in the fact that a brand new home that has just been built can as well.

Black mold can be extremely dangerous and is often a common problem for those who live in a climate with a lot of humidity. Black mold is very toxic and can cause respiratory problems, nausea, dizziness urinary tract infections, memory loss, nose bleeds, ear aches, blurry vision, hearing loss, and other serious health related problems when you’re exposed to it.

So, if you’re thinking about purchasing an older home, you’ll want to  request to have a professional inspection done for mold before you make that final deal. Otherwise, you may be in for a really nasty lawsuit if you purchase the home and discover it has some serious structural damage due to mold.

And if you do find that the home you’re interested in does have mold, the inspector can advise you as to whether or not you it will be worth hiring a professional mold removal service to save your dream home or at the very least have the prior owner foot the bill.

Even a new home is in danger of becoming a breeding ground for many types of mold. In fact, there are some types of drywall that can actually absorb moisture and give mold a place to grow. And while you may not even see the mold until after the home is built, you’ll definitely want to find out what types of materials are being used to build your new dream home.

Keep in mind however that older and new homes inspections shouldn’t just consist of just single family dwellings. Mobile homes and even RV homes can become susceptible to problems like water damage mold due to the simple building materials used and harsh weather conditions.

Renting a home can also be just as frustrating if you’re not prepared. And while most landlords may not be agreeable to an inspection for mold should you decide to rent a home, you can easily tell if there is a problem if you smell a musty aroma anywhere in the home or you visually see mold on the ceilings or walls. If however, you’ve already rented the home and discover a mold problem, you can always call the city and explain the problem if the landlord refuses to have the mold removed.

In addition, if you’ve moved into a home that you’ve purchased and discovered a mold problem that’s been happening for a while, you may be able to recoup some losses from the damages done by the mold and services needed to repair those damages, depending on your state’s laws.

Or if you know that the mold clean up won’t be too serious, you could always just do the work yourself and forget about it or you could hire a residential mold removal company to help you get your home feeling like a true home again.

When You Need a Mold Removal Service

[ 0 ] May 5, 2010

Mold Removal Service

A mold removal service is necessary when your home is overrun by the fungus and you can’t do the job yourself. And because mold can not only cause seasonal allergy problems, but also more serious health concerns if it’s left to grow, removing mold from your home is a number one priority.

But whether you choose to do it yourself or hire a professional will depend on how serious the mold really is that’s growing in your home. If it’s only a small amount that’s less than 10 square feet, you should be able to remove the mold yourself.

However, if the mold growth is 10 square feet or more, or in an area such as an attic or crawlspace where access is limited, then it’s time to call in the professionals and let them handle the problem.

Before you hire just anyone, you need to do your homework to make sure the job gets done right. And while you it’s really not necessary to hire the most expensive company you can find for mold removal, you don’t want a person who’s just claiming they can remove the molds either.

And if you’re not sure where to begin, ask your friends, family and even neighbors if they know of a company they would recommend. Or check with your local chamber of commerce for a list of businesses that may be able to help. And of course don’t forget your local yellow pages.

Once you think you’ve found the right company for the job, make sure they are licensed and certified, and be sure to ask for references from other homeowners. Then, find out of your homeowner’s insurance will help pay for the company to help remove those molds. Even if they won’t pay for the services, they may be willing to at least cover any damages caused by water damage mold.

If not, you still may be able to save a little money by asking the company if they offer any discounts for their services. Most businesses are not obligated to mention discounts unless a customer asks first.

If they don’t offer any special discounts, you might try mentioning another company that you’ve been thinking about going with. Most businesses don’t like to know that they’re going to lose a sale to their competitor and will almost always be willing to make a deal.

Before you make that deal however, you’ll want to go over any concerns or issues you may have before the work is done or a contract is sign. And of course always get everything in writing, all the way down to even the smallest details.

Once you’ve sealed the deal and hired the company, make sure they follow what was agreed to in the contract, including the amount of time spent, costs, products used and so forth. On rare occasions you may find that a company isn’t willing to follow the agreement.

If the company you’ve hired for mold removal service isn’t willing to cooperate you may need to take charge and get the law involved. After all, it’s your home and your health that’s being affected.

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