Many homeowners are interested in doing mold removal themselves. And in some cases, it does make sense to handle a small household mold problem yourself. But in numerous situations it’s necessary to call in a professional for a mold inspection & testing or even a mold remediation company that knows how to remediate larger mold issue.
When Is Removing Mold Yourself a Good Idea?
Cleaning up mold yourself may be a good idea:
- If the mold is covering a small area (less than 10 sq ft), and if you know how to do it properly.
- If the mold is growing on an easy-to-clean non-porous material/surfaces like glass, metal, tile, tubs, or sinks.
- If the mold is growing on hard-to-clean materials, like carpet, ceiling tiles, clothing, papers that are easy to remove and replace.
- If you don’t have any health issues likely to be made worse by increased exposure to mold (check with your doctor if you’re not sure if it’s safe for you to clean up a mold problem yourself).
- And always be sure to be using the proper safety equipment.
Of course, you always have the option of hiring a professional mold consultant if you don’t want to do it yourself or simply don’t have the time or energy or experience for what can be a time-consuming process.
When Is Do It Yourself Mold Removal Not Such a Good Idea?
In some situations, it’s better to call in a mold inspector/assessor professional for assistance. Cleaning up mold yourself is probably not such a good idea:
- If the mold covers a large area (greater than 10 sq ft, according to the Environmental Protection Agency).
- If mold develops after flooding with water that might be contaminated with sewage or other potentially hazardous substances. (sewage or potentially hazardous substances and water must be removed by a professional)
- If is mold in your air conditioning/heating system, ducts and ventilation systems.
- If you not sure on how to do all phases of the job correctly.
- If you have any medical conditions that might be made worse by increased exposure to mold, like asthma, allergies, or an immune system disorder (check with your doctor if you’re not sure).
- You are already experiencing symptoms of mold-related illness, such as itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, runny nose, shortness of breath, wheezing, headaches, sore throat, or chronic sinus infections.
In some cases, homeowners do part of the job themselves and hiring a professional for other parts of the job.
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