Mold remediation is one of our most frequently requested services, and with good reason. In addition to living in an area that has high levels of humidity for most of the year, recent weather patterns have been particularly ideal for mold growth. Mild winters and long spring seasons allow mold to continue growing rather than going dormant.
No matter where you turn, mold (particularly black mold) is making headlines and there is plenty of bad information out there with some media outlets portraying it as extremely lethal (it’s not) and others showing homeowners how they can easily clean it up with bleach (they shouldn’t).
So what is the right way to handle mold remediation? We can help.
The Mold Remediation Process:
Step 1: Relax. Mold is a very common issue affecting millions of homes. Some types of mold can cause illness but the symptoms are usually very mild. More severe reactions are usually only seen in the very young, the very old and people with immune deficiencies.
Step 2: Schedule a mold inspection with one of our certified mold remediation experts from our company here in Rhode Island.
Step 3: During the mold inspection you can review the areas where you suspect there is mold and discuss the remediation options and costs. Mold remediation costs can vary widely depending on the location of the mold and how large an area is affected. Small projects can cost as little as $200-300 to remediate.
Step 4: Clean Rite will perform the work which involves protecting the living space, setting up HEPA air filtration, killing the mold, removing the dead mold and, in some cases, applying an antimicrobial coating to the area.
Step 5: If the mold was discovered inside the living area then a mold test performed by a third-party mold testing company may be necessary, but only in some circumstances. The test usually costs between $300-$500. If the mold was not in the living area, such as in an attic, then a mold test is not typically necessary. The whole process typically takes 1-3 days depending on how fast the area drys between applications.
Step 6: You’re back on track!
Common Mold Myth-conceptions:
1.All mold is really dangerous! It can kill you!
While mold toxins can be dangerous, most molds are not particularly hazardous. There are thousands of types of mold and most of them are totally harmless, some even help! Mold is also ubiquitous so there will always be some mold, wherever you are.
Some of the most dangerous molds produce mycotoxins and those can cause negative health effects, especially with prolonged exposure. Infants, the elderly and people with immune deficiencies are the most likely to be affected. Mold is also an allergen so some people may be very sensitive to one type of mold while the next person wouldn’t have any problems.
2. Black mold is deadly!
“Black mold” typically refers to Stachybotrys chartarum. This produces mycotoxins known to cause a variety of health issues. It certainly isn’t good for you but there are almost no cases where it is suspected as the cause of death. Most severe reactions to Stachybotrys occur in a manufacturing setting.
3.You can test for mold yourself with a kit.
It is very unlikely that you will get accurate results with a DIY kit for mold testing. Professional mold testing companies perform a variety of specialized tests and the results are measured in a laboratory. You are far more likely to get a false positive with a kit and it won’t provide essential information to treating the mold that would come from a professional test.
4. You can clean up mold with bleach.
Bleach is NOT a recommended mold treatment. There are many types of mold that bleach does not kill, even if it does make the stain go away. Even worse, the spores are now being disturbed and distributed around the rest of the area you are treating.