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Apr
28

Is Mold Inspection and Remediation Necessary?

Mold inspection and remediation has become into a popular topic in recent years.  With all the hype about the effects of mold in your home, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction.  Key questions that many homeowners would like to see answered include when mold remediation is necessary and whether the homeowner can handle the job themselves or should it be left to a professional.

Molds occur naturally and mold spores are present in every home floating through the air.  For most of the population, these low, naturally occurring levels of mold do not cause any problems.  However, in some cases, mold spores will land on a damp spot in your home and begin growing.  The damp area can be caused by flooding, a leaky roof, broken pipe, or some other source.  Once mold starts growing it can cause allergic reactions in many people and should be addressed.

According to the EPA, if the moldy area is less than about 10 square feet, a homeowner can tackle the problem themselves.  If the area is larger or you don’t feel up to the task, a professional mold remediation contractor should be called in to handle the job.

Proper remediation of mold includes cleaning up the mold and also removing the source of moisture.  Otherwise, the mold will probably come back.  Whether you handle the job yourself or use a professional mold remediation contractor, the EPA has published guidelines that should be followed.  Also, if you suspect mold is present in your HVAC system, avoid running it until the ductwork has been inspected and cleaned by a professional contractor.

Call a professional New Orleans mold inspections contractor to see if your home needs mold remediation.

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