When it comes to mold removal, it's best to leave it to the professionals. Normal handymen may not have the necessary tools and expertise to properly remove mold. Some mold remediation companies also offer restoration services, as do general contractors. If you're considering hiring a mold removal professional or want to consult with one, here's what you can expect. First, call a professional to schedule an in-home evaluation and get a free quote.
Then, an expert in mold removal will conduct a thorough inspection of the mold to identify the exact types and levels of mold that may be affecting air quality. They will use a combination of visual inspection techniques and analyze moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras to determine the source and extent of the mold. If necessary, a professional may recommend testing for mold to better understand the problem. Next, a professional will spray and clean the surface that was once contaminated with microfiber cleaning cloths. This helps break the bonds between the surface and contaminants, while eliminating persistent spores.
If the mold problem exceeds ten square feet and meets one of the conditions listed by the EPA, you should hire a mold removal professional. They will isolate the target area to prevent cross-contamination (including the removal of contaminated materials) and stop spores from spreading to other areas of your home. Mold removal companies can clean up mold in a few days if only the carpet needs to be washed and removed, or in a few weeks if it needs to be demolished and rebuilt.