Mold removal is a three-step process. First, it includes the mold assessment phase to document the problem through an inspection as well as mold testing to assess the degree of mold contamination; second. the mold remediation phase to fix the problem; and, finally the post-remediation phase which insures that the mold remediation has been performed properly and the air quality is within the normal range.
Beware of Mold remediation ripoff whenever major disasters happen, such as hurricanes. Because of local backlogs, hordes of unscrupulous wannabes descend into the area. They set themselves up as experts in mold remediation and take advantage of desperate homeowners.
Trust us! Living in Florida, we have experienced many hurricanes and seen far too many ripoffs. Be smart, heed the following 10 commandments:
Mold remediation should not be taken lightly. Hiring a “handyman” is not a good idea because he could make matters worse by contaminating the entire house. Theoretically, less then 10 square feet of visible mold can be handled by a handyman. But, considering that the visible contaminated area represents the tip of the iceberg, opening the wall is similar to opening Pandera’s Box! Once it’s open, it’s too late to think about setting up a containment area to prevent mold spores from contaminating the entire house.
The first mold remediation protocol is found in the Bible, Leviticus 14:33-53, “Cleansing From Mildew”. The Patriarchs already knew that indoor mold was bad, and that spurred them to develop the first mold remediation protocol in history. In addition, they must have known that certain types of molds were worse than others by referring to the worse kind as a “destructive mildew,” in other words, toxic mold!
In biblical times, the priest was the authority on everything, which included assuming the functions of a mold inspector. Based on his assessment, he recommended specific steps: