Mold Removal: When Should You Call a Pro?

We’re exposed to mold spores in the air every day, both indoors and out, and most of the time that’s no cause for concern. But when is it time to call a pro to deal with mold removal? Read on to learn more!

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Call a Pro for Mold Removal:

  • If you can smell mold, but you can’t find the mold or moisture problem.
  • If there is so much mold that you can’t remedy the problem easily.
  • If there are highly susceptible individuals in your home. This could include those with respiratory conditions such as severe asthma or allergies, and those with a weakened immune system caused by HIV, chemotherapy or an organ transplant. Young children and elderly persons may also be more susceptible to mold-related health issues.
  • If there are other hazardous materials present, like asbestos or lead, that will be disturbed or removed along with the mold. Hire a contractor who is licensed for those mold removal hazards.
  • If moisture has created structural problems. Consult a qualified contractor to do the repairs or a structural engineer to advise you on what needs to be done.

If You Call a Pro, Do Your Homework:

  • Get several quotes.
  • Ask for references.
  • Ask about their experience, accreditation and training, particularly in indoor air quality.
  • Ask if they hold any professional certifications or licenses. Certifications are voluntary, but they’re a good indication that a contractor has basic knowledge and participates in continuing education. A few states require licensing for mold testing and remediation contractors, but most don’t, so check with your state or local government.
  • Ask if they use accredited labs and testing equipment. Lab accreditation is typically done through the American Industrial Hygiene Association and/or the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation.
  • Ask if the testing company is also involved with the mold removal remediation process; that could be a conflict of interest.

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Brad Holden, an associate editor at The Family Handyman, has been building cabinets and furniture for 30 years. In that time, he has absorbed so many slivers and ingested so much sawdust that he's practically made of wood.