According to United States Environmental Protection Agency, you may be able to do you own mold cleanup if the area impacted by the mold is less than 10 square feet. If you aren’t sure how much of your home is impacted by mold or you don’t feel competent to do a thorough and complete job, then it’s best to leave this complex task to mold remediation experts.
Which choice you make for small jobs is up to you. But for larger job, your home’s structure and your family’s health are too important to try to do the job yourself.
If you decide to do the work yourself, however, be sure to go by the following guidelines from the EPA:
Follow the rules. The EPA publishes specifications for how mold remediation should be done in schools and commercial buildings, and it makes sense to follow similar rules and specifications when working on any kind of building. In addition, guidelines are published by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists and other governmental and professional organizations.
Think about the HVAC system. If you have a mold problem, there’s a good chance that the HVAC system may be contaminated as well. The EPA publishes guidelines about when air duct cleaning is a good idea, but it’s absolutely necessary if you suspect contamination. Stop running the system until you’re sure the system is clear or it has been cleaned. Running it could make the problem worse by spreading the mold within the building.
Think about other kinds of contamination. If your mold or water damage is caused contaminated water — like that from a sewer, for example — the job may be beyond what you can tackle on your own. You need to call on a professional mold remediation company because you need special experience in getting rid of other contaminants and fixing damage to the building’s structure caused by other contaminants. Never just assume there isn’t a problem because there’s no smell or discoloration. Not all kinds of materials leave telltale signs.
Consider your health. If you’re susceptible to health problems or have allergies to mold, you need to leave the cleanup of even small patches of mold to professionals. And you should think about being out of the building while cleanup is happening. There’s no reason to risk your health doing a job that others have the equipment and expertise to do better and without impacting anyone’s health negatively.
And remember that if you have a mold problems, nothing is more important than acting quickly. Damage from mold can grow and spread quickly — within a matter of a day or two. The longer it remains untreated, the worse the problem will be and the more expensive and time-consuming the repairs will be.
At Orange Restoration, we’re prepared to take on mold remediation projects of any size. Just ask us what we can do for you to restore comfort, safety and functionality to your home or business. We handle projects large and small for clients of all kinds every day. So what can we do for you today? Call (619) 376-6838.