(ABC 6 NEWS) — If you have a mold issue in your home, ignoring it will only make the problem worse. Exposure to mold can cause several health problems, especially respiratory ailments.
This makes it very important to eliminate any mold from your home, and to hire the right company to take care of the job.
“There are generally two types of test. One is a lift test, where a sample is taken from a suspected area of staining that is not quite fore sure that it is mold. The other, is an air sampling. It is to determine the level of spores that are in the air in a particular area of a home, or crawl, or attic, ” says Ron Porter a mold remover.
For some, getting rid of mold can be costly.
“When we determine the cost, we look at the significance of the problem, the difficulty of the access, because many of these attics and crawl spaces are most difficult to enter and really the square footage of the home that would require labor and the product that we are using.”
Here are a few tips on hiring the right professional to get rid of your mold problem.
Check their credentials. Check to see if they have certification from organizations such as the Institute of Inspection, or a Cleaning and Restoration Certificate.
Don’t make a decision under pressure. Some companies will try offer a discount right away, pressuring the homeowner to act immediately.
And be sure to involve a third party to do the analyze the test results.
And to stop mold before it becomes an issue, be sure to have a ventilation system in place in you basement.
Fix any cracks or leaks found in the foundation of your home.
Be sure to keep your personal belongings or furniture organized while you are storing them.
Another tip to prevent from mold growth is to keep your HVAC systems clean. Be sure to keep your air ducts, heating systems, air conditioning systems, and filters clean and changed regularly.