Questions to Ask About Mold, Part III

News & Information > Questions to Ask About Mold, Part III
12/9/2016
In Part I of this series, we addressed the question “How do I know if I have mold in my home?” and in Part II, we addressed the necessity of an assessment. Here, in Part III, we will address steps to cleaning up.

“I have my assessment. Now, who can clean this up for me?”

You have three choices: 1) Do nothing; 2) Clean it up yourself; or 3) Call a professional.

NYS mold law states a homeowner is not required to have a licensed contractor remove visible mold from an area less than 3-feet by 3-feet. The state considers this minimum amount to be safe for a homeowner to clean up. However, there are exemptions to this law (Click here to learn more).

Additionally, it is important to consider the health of you and your family. Do you or a family member have a high sensitivity to mold? Are you experiencing health-related issues? Could those issues be caused by inhalation of highly concentrated mold spores? Is this a new problem or a long-term issue in your home?

Let’s try to simplify this. The decision to do nothing vs. doing something is straight forward. Mold didn’t grow in your home spontaneously. And, it won’t stop growing if conditions remain the same. Therefore, you need to fix the source.

You may be required to hire a roofer, plumber or other professional for the job. Once the underlying problem is addressed, it is time for the contamination to be cleaned up. This is where your assessor (see Part II) should be guiding you.

Before attempting to remove mold from your home, there are many factors to consider. Oftentimes, if the growth area is disturbed, mold spores can spread to other areas of the house increasing exposure. If the problem is minor, one could clean it up without any ill-effects.

Ultimately, tackling a mold issue on your own or by hiring a professional is yours to make. However, it is important to understand your options and have all risks explained to make an informed decision. Choose your assessment consultant carefully.

Mold Questions Answered, Part IV: I’ve decided to have a remediation contractor do the work. How can I tell a good one from a bad one?

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