Who should do the mold cleanup depends upon various aspects. If your house has a mold problem, it is best to evaluate it before taking any action. If the mold covers less than 10 square feet of area, you can usually solve the problem yourself. However, be sure that you take appropriate protective measures before cleaning the mold. After evaluation, you can clean up the mold area with certain precautions. Use an N-95 respirator for this purpose and make sure it fits properly. Wear gloves that extend to the middle of your forearms. If you are dealing with any cleaning agents, use gloves made of natural rubber, PVC, neoprene, polyurethane or nitrile. Also, wear goggles.
If you have any questions or problems regarding your health, consult a doctor before starting the clean up. People who clean the mold should be free of symptoms or allergies from mold. This is necessary to ensure that their conditions are not aggravated by the mold infection.
If you wish to inspect an area to check if the mold is toxic and to evaluate its extent hire qualified and state certified mold remediator that offer mold cleanup services. In the event that you choose a contractor or any professional service provider to do the job, make sure that he/she is well experienced with cleaning mold. Check all the references and ask him/her to follow all the necessary precautions before beginning. Also, ask him/her to follow guidelines from government organizations and other professional organizations per your states regulations.
If you suspect that the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system in your house might be mold infected, such as smelling a “musty” oder, do not switch it on until you clear your doubts. It could result in mold spreading throughout your house. Ask a professional and consult various guides that are available before going ahead with any action.
If a lot of water damage has occurred in the area where the mold growth is discovered, and covers more than ten feet, you should always to hire mold removal professionals to do the job. If you suffer any health symptoms, consult a health professional and select a remediation manager. Assess the mold growth and keep note of all the damaged materials. Finally, after considering everything, decide how much of the damage requires professional cleanup and how much can be cleaned by you. In case the mold infestation results from contaminated water or sewage water, consult a professional who is well experienced with treating building affected by contaminated water.
If you feel that the mold infestation is not too extensive and if you are sure that the mold is not toxic, you can probably go ahead with the cleanup by using commercial products sold in stores. However, take necessary precautions and make sure you do not have an allergy to mold. If the infestation is larger than you think you can handle or if it has linked problems such as water contamination, then make sure you consult a professional to do the task. Ultimately, the decision of who should do the mold cleanup is a matter of judgment. Always consult a doctor before starting the cleanup process, if you suffer from any health problems.