Preparing For A Mold Inspection And Removal


If you're worried that you might have mold in your home an inspection is a good idea, inspections are useful for more than analyzing a problem that already exists. Mold inspections can be more accurate and thorough than trying to find it all yourself. While not all mold is bad, it's a good idea to get rid of what you can, especially because mold may not be your biggest problem.

Consulting a Mold Inspector

Look for any company that is certified by the Mold Inspection Consulting and Remediation Organization, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors or the Professional Mold Inspection Institute. Be cautious of any company that won't provide references, won't give you everything in writing or asks for full payment up front — these are usually signs of scams.

Preparing Your Home

  • Don't Move Anything: Though it may be tempting to move things out of the way, especially in contaminated areas, keep everything where it is; mold spores could have attached themselves to objects in the vicinity, and moving anything could actually help keep mold alive by keeping it away from the treatment area.
  • Keep Pets Outside: During the mold cleaning process, any pets you have should not be inside your home. Ask a friend to look after them for you or look into a kennel service.
  • Make Relocation Plans if Necessary: If the mold contamination is bad enough, if treatment will take a long time or if the mold is causing serious health issues, make plans to stay out of your home until the cleaning process is complete.
  • Wash Clothing: Wash any clothing from contaminated areas with hot water, then place them in plastic bags to prevent them from being contaminated further. This can be done at any time, but washing your clothes before the mold cleaning process can ensure you have clean clothes if you need to stay nearby.
  • Take Pictures: You may not need to make use of them, but photos can serve as a safety net for you if anything goes wrong during cleaning. Take pictures of every room in your house before treatment to document the state of your home before the cleaners arrive.

What to Expect From Mold Removal

When it comes to cleaning the mold from your home, many professionals will do more than just perform cleaning. Part of cleaning often entails finding the cause of the mold's presence in the first place, such as excess moisture, condensation or a leak, and some mold removers will even help you repair the problem. Cleaning mold can be a lengthy process, depending on how far the mold has spread, but a thorough cleaning generally means that the mold removers from a company like Griffin Contracting & Restoration are doing a proper job.


29 October 2014

Home Damage Guide: Do's and Dont's For Emergency Situations

When my home was flooded last year, I was nearly in tears after surveying the damage. The carpets were soaked, the furniture was filthy and the house had a terrible odor. I didn't know how I was ever going to clean up the mess good enough so my home would be livable again. After speaking with my neighbor, whose home was also flooded, I found out about damage contractors. My name is Arlene Bell and I am here to sing the praises of the restoration crew that cleaned up my home. They worked tirelessly for days until every drop of water was gone. My home looks terrific and there are no signs that it was ever flooded. Read my blog to learn what you should and shouldn't do if you ever have emergency damage to your home.