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Is a Mold Remediation Service Necessary?

[ 1 ] April 24, 2010

Mold Remediation Service

A mold remediation service is often thought of as an unnecessary expense for some people due to the idea of spending money just to eliminate what they think they can just as easily remove themselves. Or they just don’t want to bother with the hassle of hiring anyone or cleaning up the mold, so they ignore the problem all together.

Yet, no matter how you look at it, mold is nothing to fool around with. And when you have a serious mold problem growing in your home (more than 10 square feet), hiring a professional to eliminate the problem is an absolute must.

As a matter of fact, in some states it’s required to hire a professional for mold removal if your home has more than 10 square feet of mold growing in it.

Yet, despite that requirement, not every state or even city has a federal regulation that requires specific guidelines that a professional must follow during mold clean up.

So homeowners must be willing to rely on their own judgment and research when hiring someone to come into their home to remove the mold.

The professional you hire should be someone who has significant experience in removing mold and they should be certified and licensed, and carry insurance coverage for both their protection and yours.

A written proposal should also be presented to you that includes probable cause and the steps that need to be taken in order to remove the mold from your home.

And the proposal should emphasize on the observations over measurements and have a thorough visual inspection that shows the source of the mold and the extent of the growth of it.

In addition, the mold removal company should be ready and willing to answer any questions that you have about  the types of mold growing in your home, the removal process and what equipment they will be using in that process.

The professional should also be comfortable telling you more about those molds, the source of the problem and how they plan to eliminate that problem permanently.

The company should be ready and willing to work with your insurance company if at all possible and discuss the process and what requirements are necessary to remove the mold to your agent.
They should also provide you with a written (not verbal) contract that details scope, time frame of completion of the job and an estimate of the cost of mold remediation, and any specific details that you agreed on.

And finally, keep in mind that the company you hire should only be experienced in removing mold. They should not be willing to test for the mold or do any other job that goes outside of  cleaning up mold. All they should be doing is getting rid of the mold from your home, that’s it.

But seriously, when it all comes down to it, it’s always better to be safe knowing your hard earned money was spent on mold remediation service that is all about keep you, your family and your home safe. Why would you settle for anything less?

Mold Remediation Products and How to Pick the Right One

[ 0 ] April 24, 2010

Mold Remediation Products

Mold remediation products are everywhere. And with so many available, it’s often hard to know what type of product you need to be using for your mold problem. And of course not every product will work with every situation.

So while a shower cleaner might work on that simple mildew on your shower tiles and bathtub, it won’t work on that toxic black mold that’s growing on your kitchen ceiling. In addition, bathroom mildew is not as dangerous as black mold, which require more than just a little scrubbing to keep the fungus from coming back.

And when you’re dealing with anything more serious, you’ll want to hire a mold removal professional who has the equipment and cleaners needed to get the job done right the very first time.
But most homeowners also know that when you’re dealing with mold and a professional, chances are harsh chemicals will be used in the mold cleanup process. And of course as okay as that is with some homeowners, it’s not with those of us who are concerned about our future and the environment.

If you’re concerned about harsh chemicals, you should ask the professional what type of cleaners they use before you hire them. Some companies may have a safer alternative to the standard harsh chemicals that are used in cleaning up mold although chances are they won’t be 100% chemical-free. That’s because many green mold cleaners won’t permanently kill dangerous toxic mold.

And while there may be some mold cleaners that will cleanup the mold, most companies are looking to make a profit even if it means ignoring your health concerns and the environment, which are the ones you should be avoiding if you are trying to go green.

But for the companies that do offer a greener solution, find out if they guarantee their products will kill the mold permanently before you agree to let them do the work. Then, you can decide whether or not a green company is truly worth paying a little extra for.

If you don’t need to hire a professional, but you’re still concerned about the danger of chemicals, most of the time you can get away with using a product that is all natural and safe just as long as you’re not dealing with a toxic fungus since they require a more serious cleaning solution to be permanently removed from your home.

However, if the mold is not toxic, you may be able to get away with using a home remedy solution to get the job done. And if you’re not sure where to find them, many home remedies can be found online from other homeowners who have tried the solution and achieved positive results.

But the best thing a homeowner can do when it comes to deciding on the right mold remediation products, is to do your homework. Talk to your friends, your family and even local businesses to find out what has worked for them and what has. Otherwise, you may find yourself paying more for a product than it’s really worth.

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