When it comes to mold removal, you may be getting more than you bargained for if you try to do the job yourself, without the proper tools or experience. Mold can affect the health of everyone in your home, and if you don’t complete the job correctly, it can create a larger issue for you, your family and your property.

What tools are needed for mold removal?

To perform a mold remediation job properly, special supplies and equipment are required. Just a fan or open window generally won’t do—air filtration devices that are strategically placed and are vented out through a window to create negative air pressure are needed to ensure that no contaminants enter the area during remediation. Also, most homeowners will not know to take necessary precautions to protect themselves—purchasing a paint suit and dust mask from the hardware store is not enough to keep someone safe from harm. Mold remediation specialists wear protective cover-all suits and are fitted for high-grade respirators while they remove and clean mold from a structure. They are also trained to handle contaminants and are knowledgeable in the proper way to get in and out of protective wear to prevent the spread or inhalation of mold spores.

What happens when mold isn’t thoroughly cleaned?

When mold is cleaned improperly, it can continue to proliferate and can easily be spread throughout other areas of your home. Without the required measures taken, the spores can go airborne and spread throughout areas not otherwise contaminated. A mold remediation specialist will ensure the problem is isolated and the other areas of your home will remain mold-free.

Also, if mold isn’t properly cleaned, health concerns can arise—not only during removal but long afterward. Some people have severe allergies to certain types of mold, while others have none at all. Most people are unaware they have any problems with mold until symptoms are evident. There are also some strains of mold that more toxic than others and can be dangerous to humans and pets, even in the smallest amounts.

If you are still unsure of how to tackle your problem, a qualified mold remediation specialist will happily pay you a visit, evaluate your home, and discuss your options. Make sure to ask questions and get references. A professional mold remediation specialist will also carry a certificate of insurance for worker’s compensation and liability.