Many homeowners want to tackle mold remediation by themselves. This is very understandable because the mold remediation process can be quite expensive and getting insurance companies to pay for black mold removal work can sometimes be an ordeal.
DIY Black Mold Remediation Or Mold Remediation Company?
It is easy to underestimate the severity of a black mold problem. Mold can hide and spread unseen inside walls and beneath the surface. Often what appears to affect only a small area of the home turns out to be a much larger problem. Most weekend warriors are not equipped to handle and contain a large mold problem. They lack the equipment, time and training to complete the black mold remediation process successfully.
So how big is too big? The EPA and other health agencies generally recommend using a black mold remediation service when areas go above ten square feet. I think a homeowner may be able to go above this if they are both healthy and handy.
However once an area goes above 30 square feet, which is roughly one sheet of drywall, the EPA requires full face respirators and other containment precautions. At this point it is wise to call in a back mold remediation service.
What To Expect During The Black Mold Remediation Process
Black mold removal can be a very labor intensive process. It can also be very stressful because it may involve leaving your home during the black mold remediation process.
A lot will depend on the extent of the mold infestation and whether it is in one area that can be isolated or is in multiple areas. Although no one likes leaving their home there are health risks involved in staying there because of elevated mold levels.
Your belongings and furniture may also need to be removed and stored in a clean dry place during the black mold remediation process. Some items may need to be professionally cleaned if they have been exposed to mold. Some hard to clean items may be better off being discarded rather than risk reintroducing mold again.
There are many variables that can affect how long the mold remediation process will take. It can take anywhere from 7 to 14 days to complete the black mold remediation process depending on available man power, the size of the house and amount and size of the mold infected areas.
The ultimate goal is getting rid of mold and not having it return so it’s best to remain patient during the black mold remediation process and not try to rush things, otherwise you may find yourself going through the black mold remediation process all over again.