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Mold Removal Services – How to Choose a Mold Remediator
Finding that you have mold in your house can be very stressful, for a couple of reasons. The danger to your health can be significant, and the cost to have it removed can also be a serious issue. If you only have a small mold problem in one area of your home you may be able to take care of it yourself. However, if the problem is large, in more than one area, or has worked its way into the walls, it might not be something you can handle as a homeowner. At that point, you’d be better off calling in a mold remediator.
What Is A Mold Remediator?
Mold remediators are people who are specially trained to handle mold problems in homes and businesses. They know what they’re doing and they have the right tools, equipment and chemicals to get the job done. They guarantee their work, too, so you won’t have to worry about the mold coming back, as long as the problem that caused it (such as a leaking pipe) has been taken care of. Not all remediators are the same, so you’ll want to check them out and get the right one. Here are some things to look for:
- Is the remediator licensed and insured?
- What kind of guarantee is offered, and for how long? Is it in writing?
- Are there any Better Business Bureau complaints against the company?
- What kind of cost will you be looking at for the remediation?
- How long will it take?
- Will you have to stay elsewhere while the job is being done?
- Does the remediator handle any other work, such as fixing a pipe, re-sheetrocking an area, or painting? If not, can he or she recommend someone?
It’s important to ask these kinds of questions. You don’t want to get caught unaware because you thought you had everything planned out but really didn’t. Those extra and unwanted expenses can really push your budget if you don’t get a good remediator that’s going to take care of everything for you for a fair price.
Effects of Mold Exposure
Exposure to mold can cause itchy eyes, scratchy throats, and other allergy symptoms in people with such reactions. For deadlier effects however, there is no proof.
Though, “Toxic Mold” is responsible for releasing something called mycotoxins, which has been said to cause such things as asthma, heart damage, and loss of memory.
The worst of these suspected toxic molds is stachybotrys chartarum, a variety of black mold that requires nearly constant moisture.