Mold buildup is common in older homes. Inevitably there is moisture that gets into certain areas over the years, whether it’s because of leaks, cracks, or even spills.
This is especially true in basements since the environment is appealing to mold. Basements generally have less light than other areas of the house, and are also the bottom of the house where leaks can end up.
Get at least 2 opinions on mold abatement.
Not everyone uses the same testing equipment, and some will collect samples and outsource the testing. Also, not all home improvement pros follow best practices when it comes to mold abatement. That’s true of all types of repairs and renovation work.
One thing we’ve seen a lot of over the years in the bidding process is that some vendors don’t factor in certain expenses or supplies, and then their bids are far lower than everyone else’s. When a customer goes with them, they end up mid-project with some nasty surprises as far as price goes.
“Oh yeah,” the vendor remarks, “we hadn’t consider that bit but that’ll be an extra $X.00 now.”
You don’t want to be in that situation. Getting multiple opinions helps rule this out, because if one bid is significantly lower than the others you can draw some conclusions.
Multiple opinions also helps you ensure you have an accurate picture of where the mold is. One pro might catch some things that another did not, and there’s no use in spending money on mold abatement that doesn’t get rid of all of your mold issue.
Mold Abatement Requires Careful Safety Steps
From avoiding breathing in potentially dangerous spores to avoiding fumes from chemical solutions to kill the mold, there are some health concerns involved. This means a particular process to safely handling the mold, as well as masks and other gear.
This is why we never recommend homeowners try to deal with mold themselves, since it’s a tricky process and we wouldn’t want anyone to deal with more mold exposure than necessary.
The affected area will also need significant ventilation.
If you suspect there’s mold in your home and want a team of skilled professionals to give you a formal assessment, contact us today.