After discovering a mold infestation in their home, not every homeowner knows where to begin the process of mold restoration. The truth is, mold removal isn’t something you should do yourself and could even end up costing more than if you had hired professionals, considering you likely don’t have the proper equipment or experience to address the problem quickly and thoroughly. When you hire the right mold remediation professionals, they can expertly guide you through the process. Here is what you need to know when looking to hire professionals.
Do I need to test for mold?
The experts at Entrusted recommend you test for mold if you have a musty odor or if you are experiencing symptoms of mold-related health problems. Also, consider testing your home if it has flooded recently. If you have found visible mold in one part of your home, it may also be a good idea to have other areas of your home tested. Mold can spread quickly and the sooner you catch it and have experts begin remediation, the better. No visible mold growth belongs in a healthy home.
Other time you may need a mold test completed is when you are required to provide “hard-proof” of mold. This generally happens when you are purchasing a home that has mold, because a positive mold test can help you negotiate a lower sale price.
How expensive can I expect mold removal to be?
The price for mold removal will be dependent upon the size of the job. Typical mold remediation areas can cost anywhere from $50 to upwards of $4,000. Be wary of prices that seem too good to be true. Companies who don’t follow proper protocol can afford to charge less for their services. Remember that mold professionals are licensed and skilled tradespeople, similar to a plumber or an electrician. Therefore, you should expect to pay more for their services than you would a general handyman.
What should I expect from a true mold removal professional?
A true mold professional should be able to explain your full mold problem in plain English so that you can understand what is going on and what needs to happen to rectify the problem. Here is what you can expect from a true professional once you’ve hired them and they are in your home:
- Professionals working to remove mold should wear proper safety gear. This should include a high-quality, high-filtration mask, gloves, and a protective suit.
- The area should be sealed off, using plastic sheeting, to prevent mold spores from becoming dispersed throughout the home.
- Professionals will use industrial-strength equipment, such as HEPA air scrubbers, HEPA vacuums, commercial-strength dehumidifiers, and more. These devices are expensive, which means that your average handyman won’t have them.
These are just a few of the things that a professional mold restoration company, such as Entrusted, will use when cleaning up and removing mold from your home. If you are looking for a company whom you can trust, contact Entrusted today!