So you think you have mold growing in your basement. The question is what to do next? Should you grab a bottle of bleach and start spraying everything you can get your hands on? Should you wait until your husband gets home from work and have him start tearing out all of the mold covered sheetrock? No, wait, maybe you should call your uncle Louie who is the handyman in the family. Surely he should know what to do about it!
STOP RIGHT THERE! Please do not panic! "NOT ALL MOLD IS DANGEROUS! Don't let other companies scare you and your family." The best way to handle this is to call mold removal companies and start checking out their credentials. The first thing you are looking for is whether or not they are certified in mold remediation. Next be sure that their insurance coverage is both adequate and up to date. Then it's a good idea to check their status with the Better Business Bureau. Also make certain that they have been at this for a while. We recommend at least 10 years of mold removal experience at the minimum. Then, are you comfortable with the people who represent this company? If everything checks out then great! You are now ready to proceed.
Never take matters into your own hands. This will
cause more problems than the one you started with!
You should never attempt mold removal on your own. Mold and its potentially toxic spores are extremely dangerous to human health. It must be carefully handled. If you choose a experienced and competent mold remediation professional like Absolutely Spotless, Inc. you will have nothing to worry about. However if you end up with someone who is only in it for the money you will be a little lighter in the wallet and the mold will end up coming back.
It is always a good idea to hire a professional mold removal specialist when faced with this sort of problem. This kind of work is both complex and labor intensive and requires a specialized skill set that homeowners and general contract ors are not familiar with. Novices in the industry will often times make mistakes. This is because mold remediation is not regulated and therefore it is a misunderstood art. This section is written to aid homeowners in the process of choosing a competent contractor who does know how to perform successful mold remediation services. Not all mold remediation companies are created equal. Many are'nt even certified and have little or no experience to perform mold remediation correctly and effectively. Below is a list of things you will need to look out for.
Ozone Machines are not EPA approved for mold remediation!
Contractors who use bleach: Chlorine bleach DOES NOT KILL MOLD! The fact is that bleach sits on the surface of the material you spray it on. It does not seep into its pours. Therefore it can not get to the molds root system which grows deeply embedded into the material it is growing on. Check out the History Channel Video at the bottom of this page for more information on this subject.
The primary objective of mold remediation is to kill the mold down to its root system, eliminating the likelihood of it returning. A certified mold remediation contractor must use an EPA registered antimicrobial biocide to kill mold. Beware of any mold inspector, mold remediation contractor or other individual that says bleach is acceptable and effective for killing mold.
Contractors who use antimicrobials to remove mold from drywall: Drywall, better known as Sheetrock, is very porous and it is cellulose based. This makes it ideal food for mold to grow on. If you allow drywall to remain wet for 48 hours or longer you have no choice but to remove it. This is a fact! The reason being the roots to the mold grows deep into the material it is growing on and after this occurs, the sheetrock will no longer be restorable. If you run into a contractor who tells you that they can clean and painting over the mold, you should thank him for his advice and get another opinion.
Contractors who paint over contaminated wood surfaces: Wood is a common surface for mold to grow in. You will find it in attic's basements and inside crawl spaces. When mold grows on these semi-porous wood surfaces you have to remove it down to its root system before you can seal it with a paint sealant which contains a mildewcide agent. This is done by either scrubbing or sanding the mold from the surface or by using an EPA registered mold stain removal chemical. After the visible mold contamination is removed we then apply an EPA registered antimicrobial biocide to kill the deeply embedded mold at its roots. Mold removal contractors can not paint over a surface that has not been treated in precisely this manner. Just cleaning the mold from the surface of the wood is not mold remediation! If a contractor tells you that this is not necessary you should show him the door.
Contractors who use Ozone to remove mold from the air: Many contractors who are new to the industry will believe anything that they read. They will see a machine on line that says "Ozone generators are effective in killing airborne mold spores". Then They'll buy a bunch of these inexpensive and potentially dangerous machines and set them up in your house. What they fail to tell you is that ozone puts off the opposite of oxygen. You must evacuate your home while this is being done and you will be left with a lingering gas like smell when the machines are through running. The gas that ozone puts off will also degrade the rubber and plastic components of your appliances, your TV sets, your stereo equipment exposed electric lines and extension cords, and HVAC controls. The EPA has warned the public against the use of these machines. They believe that high levels of ozone are "unhealthy to humans". This is why you should never allow inexperienced, gullible contractors to do this type of work for you. Never allow someone to use ozone gas to remediate your airborne mold.
References: IICRC S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation www.moldinspector.com/ozone-ineffectively-kill-mold.htm
Absolutely Spotless has had the most comprehensive selection of remediation services for the families of Richmond County NY. These remedial services include bathrooms, attics, crawl spaces and basements in addition to any other place inside of your house where mold contamination issues might crop up. We at Absolutely Spotless are the most experienced local authority in dealing with your Mold Inspection Staten Island NY, Basement Mold Testing Staten Island NY, Basement Mold Removal Staten Island NY, Basement Mold Remediation Staten Island NY, needs. We can send out a certified mold inspector to evaluate your property the same day in which you call us. We also make it our business to answer the telephone when you call for help.