Search DIY mold removal on the internet (you probably already have!)—what do you see? Likely, you will find an article after article suggesting different methods to rid your home of mold all by yourself—no professional assistance required.
You might find tips about mold removal involving bleach or DIY mold removal for less. But mold cleanup is not that simple. Here, we’ll tell you how to discern if mold is a problem and why mold removal is never a do-it-yourself project.
How Do You Know If Your Denver Home Has a Mold Problem?
How do you know if you have a mold problem? Well, large mold infestations can usually be visibly obvious. Sometime they will also be accompanied by a smell. It is often described as “earthy” or “musty”.
Check for mold in areas where water damage has occurred as well as high moisture zones such as the bathroom. Some other areas to check for mold in are your basement, attic, and crawlspace.
Individuals with allergies or breathing conditions may be more susceptible to mold infections or reactions. If you notice black mold (among other types) you need to get assistance fast. Seeing mold is a sign that you have a serious problem.
4 Reasons Why Mold Removal is Not a DIY Project
Mold removal, in any form, can be dangerous for your health and the health of your family—here are 4 reasons why you should avoid DIY mold removal and call in the professionals.
1. You Might Not Properly Assess the Damage
Mold is a tricky thing. You might think you’ve rid yourself of the problem when you can’t see it anymore—but that’s only half of it. If you don’t know where to look for mold, you might miss a spot and not properly assess your property’s damage.
2. Mold Might Return
Improper mold removal techniques might not get rid of the mold for good. Often, DIYers are not trained in professional mold removal—and they don’t know to look for problem areas not easily seen. To ensure the mold is gone for good, it’s best to bring in the professionals to clean and inspect the space for repeat offenders.
3. It’s Expensive to Remove by Yourself
How many times have you decided to DIY only to spend money and still not fix the problem? Mold removal is one of those projects that require special supplies and lots of time. If you don’t knock out the problem on the first try, that’s money down the drain. Then you’re stuck having to hire a professional anyway. From the onset of mold, it’s best to address the problem immediately by contacting a mold removal specialist ASAP.
4. You Put Your Health at Risk
In addition to the monetary expenses, you also put your health at risk when you try to remove mold yourself. Some may not experience the immediate effects of mold exposure—but some do. Exposure to damp and moldy environments can cause a variety of health effects, especially in people that are sensitive to molds. Many experience nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, eye irritation, and/or skin irritation.
How to Prevent a Mold Infestation
How can mold be prevented before it’s seen? Be aware of the conditions that can cause mold—like water leaks, condensation, infiltration, or flooding—and correct them ASAP to prevent mold from growing. Here are some other quick tips on mold prevention:
- Open windows when you can. This can help dry out moist areas. Do this for 5-15 minutes in areas of concern daily to decrease the chance of mold growth.
- Dry up wet areas. Don’t allow standing water to collect in areas such as the bathroom or kitchen. Be mindful of wet clothes too. Don’t leave wet laundry in the wash too long or leave piles of moist clothes lying around.
- Waterproof your home. Catch leaks before they happen. Periodically check for areas that might need to be resealed. They can appear around windows, in the basement, and in the attic.
- Run the exhaust fan after you shower. This will quickly rid your bathroom of moisture so mold won’t have the opportunity to grow in your grouting, shower curtain, and towels.
- Keep your eye out for plumbing issues. Be sure pipe leaks don’t catch you by surprise. Take a peek at your plumbing every so often so you can correct small leaks before they can cause a problem.
- Make sure your storage items are dry. Piles of forgotten junk are a breeding ground for mold and mildew if left unchecked. Be sure you store items in a dry area.
Don’t Risk It – Call 970 Services for Mold Removal in Northern Colorado
At 970 Services, we understand disaster. Our team is always professional, attentive, and willing to go the distance for any and all of our clients in Northern Colorado.
If you are ever faced with a mold problem, leak, flood, or natural disaster, remember to call a local, trusted home restoration company (like us!) first. Need assistance ASAP? Give us a call now at (970) 888-0970 or contact us online for a free estimate.
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