So you have mold, and you’ve called in a mold remediation specialist to remove it. Can you stay your home to while they work or will you have to decamp to a hotel? Expert opinions vary.
The Dangers of Mold
A mold-infested home is a ticking time bomb. The longer it goes unchecked, the greater the likelihood of illness occurring in you, your family and pets, and irreversible damage to your home. Calling in a mold remediation professional is often critical in removing mold safety and adequately.
Can I Stay In My Home While A Mold Problem Is Being Remedied?
Opinions vary from expert to expert, with some saying you don’t have to leave your house during the mold removal—that is, unless you want to.
With a full-sized crew, a typical mold abatement job takes one to three days. After the infestation has been removed and encapsulated, the team rebuilds and clean up the affected areas, leaving your house cleaner than it was before the job began.
Pros will isolate the mold-infected area is with plastic sheeting sealed with duct tape while cleaning with negative air machines and air scrubbers running around the clock to make sure mold spores do not spread outside the work area.
Is It Safe To Stay?
Other experts say it’s your best interest to leave your home for a few days and let the team complete their work to the best of their ability in case of a misstep.
In some instances, there may be chemicals sprayed during remediation that you may be allergic to—it’s best to leave and a little after that time (at least 3-5 hours) to ensure your safety. If an attic is being remediated, you are not likely to experience mold moving throughout your house, but if the remediation occurs in the basement or the living areas of a house are being done, some experts suggest you do leave the area until the job is done.
Every mold remediation job is not the same, and with pros weighing in from all sides, it’s best for you to consult a specialist with any concerns or questions you may have. A professional will guide you through the process and help you make the right choice.