When mold is discovered inside a home, it may seem like a house cleaning problem. Many homeowners will roll up their sleeves and deal with the mold themselves. Depending on the nature of the mold, a homeowner may be able to deal with the mold on their own. However, in some other cases, mold can be a major problem and you may need professional mold remediation or removal services. American Hometown Services would like to share when removing mold is a DIY project and when you need professional mold remediation services.
Does Mold Smell Musty?
When a homeowners locates mold and it is a small patch you will want to quickly spray the mold down with bleach. However, when mold goes unnoticed for a long period of time, it will produce an odor. When you discover mold in the home due to a musty like odor, the mold is a much bigger problem. That musty odor is not just mold, it is also the decay of wood and other materials. The mold has penetrated deep into the building materials of your home. The odor will become strong once the mold begins releasing their spores. Often the smell is the spore that you are breathing in. Depending on the types of mold that formed in your home, the spores can become a major health hazard. Along with odor you may begin to experience allergic and other medical symptoms such as:
• Sore throats
• Asthma Attacks
When the mold has begun to affect your health, you will want to make sure it is properly treated. A professional mold remediation service can kill the mold in your home and determine what areas are infected.
What is Considered a Small or Large Area of Mold?
Another determining factoring when it comes to DIY mold removal versus seeking a professional service is the size of the affected area. Mold can grow and spread very quickly. Dealing with small sections of the mold can be managed by the homeowner. A small area shows the mold has not been there very long and can be treated. However, the larger the area, the longer and more harmful the mold may become. Depending on the affected surface, cleaning the mold will be more challenging, such as on wood or drywall. If the mold has spread out bigger than 10 square feet, you will want to seek professional mold remediation services.
Where is the Mold Located?
Mold most often grows in humid areas such as the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. However, mold can also develop in air ducts, crawlspaces and in the attic. Some areas where mold develops can make it more challenging to clean. When mold develops in hard to reach areas, often you will need special equipment to properly reach and kill the mold. When you cannot access the site of the mold easily, or find you need specialty equipment, often it best to hire a professional mold remediation services. They carry all of the tools and equipment to reach some of the inaccessible areas of the home and ensure the mold is removed.