One tricky aspect of having mold in your home is knowing when to call a professional for help. Below is a list of scenarios that warrant a call to a local remediation company, such as TCB EnviroCorp for Florida mold testing.
1. You Have Water Damage
Oftentimes water damage goes undetected for an extended period of time. This can cause visible or invisible “behind the walls” damage to a home. Mold in the walls requires proper mold remediation. This type of project has the potential to grow in scope as walls are opened up and the extent of the mold growth is revealed. If water damage is ignored, you could face extensive structural repairs.
2. Your Water Damage and/or Mold is Widespread and Not Contained
Some examples would be in the case of a flooded home, standing water in a crawlspace or basement, major roof leaks, or slow pipe leaks behind walls that span multiple floors. The size of these problems makes containment and contaminated material removal a HUGE job. If not done correctly, the problem only grows and infiltrates the entire home.
3. There Are Elevated Levels of “Toxic Molds” Inside Your Home
Certain molds produce mycotoxins which makes them more acutely dangerous to human health, even in small amounts. Some mycotoxin-producing molds include Cladosporium, Penicillium, Fusarium, Aspergillus, and Stachybotrys. These toxic molds are difficult to remediate as the mycotoxins linger and the mold can cause additional health problems when it’s killed. Even dead mold releases VOCs.
4. You Have a Mold Problem in Your HVAC System
This was the case in our very toxic home. The mold issue is systemic at this point, because by nature, when mold has infiltrated your HVAC system, mold spores are being blown throughout your home and are on every surface in every conditioned room. The entire HVAC system, attic insulation, ductwork, and vents all need to be treated and sometimes completely replaced. Then, all of the home’s surfaces and contents have to be properly cleaned and/or disposed of. This is not something you should tackle yourself.
5. You or a Family Member Has Health Issues Related to Mold Exposure
Is household mold affecting your health? Has someone in your Florida home become extremely sick, mold sensitive, or been diagnosed with a mold illness? If this is the case and you don’t have obvious water leaks or water intrusion, it’s time to seek the help of a mold remediation expert. Remember – if you can’t find the source of the mold, you can’t get rid of it. That’s why these cases need expert advice, testing, mold inspection, and help with mold clean up.
Too often people just try to start removing mold from their homes, thinking that this will lessen the damage to their health. We’re here to tell you that even a small number of mycotoxins in your indoor environment can make you VERY sick, and no matter how much you clean, you won’t see an improvement in your health. You must either get out of the home or remove ALL the mold. This can only be done when you know what is causing the mold growth in the first place.
TCB EnviroCorp – Your Local Mold Inspection Company
In the end, locating and cleaning up mold yourself can cause you to spin your wheels while you continue to live in an environment that is making you sick. Attempting mold remediation on your own if you’re ill or mold-sensitive can cause major health issues related to mold exposure. Bottom line – trying to DIY mold removal isn’t worth the risk!
A professionally trained remediator knows how to properly contain mold while removing it. They have the skills and equipment needed to thoroughly clean the structures and contents found in your Florida home or business. At TCB EnviroCorp, we’re ready to conduct indoor air quality testing, accurately diagnose your mold problems, and discuss treatment options for living a mold-free life.