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The 3 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid During Mold Removal

mold1Have you ever hired a company to treat a mold problem in your home and business—or perhaps had a go at it yourself—and ended up with awful results? This is never something you would hope for or expect. Treating mold should be a reasonably straightforward proposition, with predictable costs and consistent results.

Yet this isn’t always the case. Sometimes mistakes are made during the mold removal process, resulting in higher costs and greater frustration. Before you bring a contractor into your building to treat a mold problem, be aware of the following three mistakes often made during mold removal.

1. Improper Containment Methods
When it comes to mold, being detailed and meticulous makes all the difference. Some specialists fair to use proper containment methods when cleaning up mold, which seriously affects the final results.

Not using vacuums and HEPA filters are two examples of improper mold removal and containment methods. Another example is tearing off moldy wallpaper without knowing the extent of the infestation. This can result in a huge release of mold spores that makes your relief from the problem only temporary.

Tip: Show your specialist you mean business by asking about their mold containment practices.

2. Only Removing What’s Visible
Mold is a sneaky problem, and nine times out of ten, cleaning up what’s visible just isn’t enough.

When mold-infested flooring or wall paneling has to be removed as part of the remediation process, some companies make the mistake of only removing the parts with visible mold.

Quality specialists will always go further, removing anywhere from 1-3 feet of material beyond the visibly affected area. This precaution is the result of experience. Better, more permanent mold removal is achieved when trouble spots are addressed more liberally.

Tip: Discuss your specialists policy with regard to building materials that are visibly infested with mold.

2. Hiring Employees with Little or No Training
As a way to offer lower prices or improve their bottom line, some mold removal specialists hire employees with little to no experience, limited training, and no professional certification. This greatly increases the probability that the team you’ve hired will make one or both of the other two mistakes on this list!

Fortunately, there are certifications that indicate a high level of professionalism in addressing your mold problems. These include the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors and the Mold Inspection Consulting and Remediation Organization (MICRO).

Tip: Don’t be afraid to inquire with the company about the credentials and experience of each worker that will be sent to your building.

We hope this information has been helpful in addressing your mold removal challenges, and look forward to seeing your questions/comments in the box below!

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