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.
In all situations, the underlying cause of water accumulation must be rectified or fungal growth will recur. Repairs to fix the water source must be done before beginning the mold remediation. Some mold remediation companies have licensed professionals on their staffs that can also do the repairs.
Keep all processes separate between the inspection and the remediation to prevent any possible conflict of interest. Hire a professional mold assessor who will inspect, test, and write a mold remediation protocol that specifies what should be remediated and how it should be done safely. Then, hire a mold remediation professional who will follow and execute the mold remediation protocol.
After the mold remediation has been completed and prior to demobilization, a post-remediation sampling is necessary. This should preferably be performed by the same mold assessor who first assessed and tested the premises, so that the testing and microbial analysis are consistent with the methods and procedures originally used. If the laboratory results indicate that the level of mold spores is within the normal range for all species compared to the outside control, the mold assessor will issue an “air clearance.”