Mold grows in dark, moist areas of your house. It can grow as a result of water leaks or high humidity and can leave unsightly stains and marks on your walls. Mold is likely to grow in small crevices, such as inside insulation, in the bathroom or kitchen, or in corners and under furniture.
If your mold problem is not yet out of hand, it may be safe to remove the mold yourself, though make sure you wear safety gloves. But at what point should you hire a professional to take care of it? Here are some guidelines to help you determine if you should call in the pros:
- If the moldy area is less than 10 square feet, you can probably handle it yourself. If the affected area is larger, you may want to consult the federal Environmental Protection Agency website to determine what your next step should be.
- If you do hire a contractor, ensure beforehand that he has had experience cleaning mold. Professionals use state-of-the-art technology and equipment to remove mold and foul odors. These days they use eco-friendly products to control mold outbreaks.
- You may suspect that your heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) system is contaminated. In this case, consult a professional. Do not run the system if you suspect it contains mold. The key to getting rid of a mold problem is proper ventilation and fresh air. Dehumidifiers and electric fans can help properly ventilate a home.
- If you have water damage from a flood or leakage, make sure you dry the affected areas thoroughly before the mold gets out of hand.
Whether or not you decide to hire a professional, if mold is growing in your house, the worst thing you can do is ignore it. Mold can be extremely hazardous to your health. It can cause and exacerbate many health issues, including fevers, asthma attacks, lung disorders and allergic reactions. Mold cleanup is absolutely necessary.
Mathews CCAC stands for Constantly Concerned About Customers, and we feel our name sums us up. Please contact us today for expert advice about how your air conditioning system can affect the humidity in your home or office. We are not microbiologists and do not do actual mold testing, but we can help advise you about your situation.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about mold problems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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