What homeowners should know about mold removal

Tips for mold remediation and prevention


Mold can be an ever growing, pesky problem that, if not taken care of quickly, can last forever and cause serious health issues. Better Business Bureau and the Environmental Protection Agency advise homeowners to be proactive when it comes to dealing with mold and mildew.

According to the EPA’s Mold Guide, mold begins to grow indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. Mold can grow anywhere: on wood, paper, carpet and even food.

When considering mold removal, homeowners can choose to tackle the problem on their own or consult an experienced contractor. Either way, BBB advises homeowners to do their research.

BBB and the EPA advise homeowners to consider the following tips for mold remediation:

Know your risks and side effects. There are many health risks associated with mold. Some may experience an allergic reaction and, in a worst case scenario, mold can cause severe respiratory issues.

Be proactive.  The EPA attests that there is no practical way to remove all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. But to help control indoor mold growth, you have to control the moisture. For example:

  • If you notice a leak in your shower faucet or sink, repair it immediately to avoid creating an ideal habitat for mold.
  • Clean and dry any wet or damp surfaces within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  • Vent all bathrooms, kitchens and other moisture-generating sources to reduce indoor humidity and prevent mold growth.

Choose wisely when picking a contractor. Visit bbb.org to research any contractor your are considering for mold remediation services. Check the company’s BBB Business Review to see any past history of complaints and how the company responded to those complaints. You can also visit BBB’s online directory of Accredited Businesses to find a contractor who meets BBB’s rigorous Standards for Accredidation.

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11 Responses to What homeowners should know about mold removal

  1. Molds can start anywhere in our home. It is not just a stain in the wall, ceiling, or in the floor, but it produce chemical that is harmful to human health. Thank you for sharing the information about mold removal and some tips.

  2. You are very right. We’re glad you enjoyed the post and found it useful.

  3. Great post. Especially the tips in selecting a contractor. Our firm is based out of Toronto, Ontario and we recommend to Clients that their mold removal contractors:

    Be Fully Insured (general liability, pollution liability, professional liability, and employee insurance)
    Be an IICRC Certified firm.
    Have an IICRC Certified technicians.
    Have ACAC certified technicians

    Combine the four items above and you almost always have a experienced, trained and insured mold removal contractor.

  4. belforworldwide says:

    Mold can pop up anywhere but sometimes you may not even have a clue it is there I moved my dresser and found the whole corner of my wall was covered in mold it made me want to puke

  5. Charles says:

    Mold is a big problem and it effects the human health very fast. Mold removal is only done by the process of mold remediation. This article is informative as it provides all the essential steps regarding the mold removal.

  6. Tom says:

    As a restoration contractor I can vouch for these being the correct steps to follow when handling mold. Mold remediation requires special certification and insurance, which is something you need to make sure your contractor has. We need a DIY preventative maintenance portion for homeowners who actively try to keep their homes maintained and mold free.

    Flood Pros is putting a DIY preventative maintenance section up on our blog. If you are interested, check us out at http://www.rockfordwaterdamage.com!

  7. Almost everyone doesn’t want molds growing inside their homes. And so, it is important to know how to eliminate them before they eliminate us. Great info about how to find a trusted mold removal contractor. Thanks for sharing this tips. Great article.

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