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There is a lot to think about when you’re renovating a home. You need to make many decisions, starting with what contractor to use and how much money you want to spend. It helps if you have a clear vision for how you want your home to look when you’re done. If you’re not sure what it is that you want yet, take some time to look through my blog. I’ll discuss everything from home additions to flooring materials to appliances and fixtures. These articles will help you get a sense of the possibilities for your home renovation, and help you narrow down your options. Eventually, you’ll decide on the renovations that are right for you.

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3 Reasons You Shouldn't Do Your Own Mold Abatement

Pamela Gonzales

As a proactive homeowner, you might be more than willing to take on new challenges. After fixing the garbage disposal and cleaning out those gutters on your own, removing a little mold might seem like a simple task. Unfortunately, attempting your own mold removal can cause a lot of collateral damage. Here are three reasons you shouldn't do your own mold abatement, and why professionals are better suited for the job.

1: You Could Overlook The Root of the Problem

If you are like most people, you might be tempted to grab a sponge and some bleach and take care of that little mold patch growing on the wall behind your toilet. After that ugly black area is gone, you might feel like the problem is solved. However, unless you take the time to do a little detective work, you might miss the root of the problem, and end up dealing with additional trouble down the road.

Mold needs moisture and nutrients to grow, which probably means your tiny visible mold patch is only the tip of the iceberg. Unless you check the entire area and track down the leak, you might end up dealing with more mold problems later. For example, if you have a cracked pipe behind your wall, all of your insulation could be soaked with moisture and laden with mold.

The great thing about working with a professional mold abatement team is that they will take the time to test your entire house for signs of trouble. Instead of merely treating the visible issues, they will search for underlying problems so your home can be cleaned from the inside-out. Experts can even use moisture meters fitted with probe attachments to detect water levels insides of walls, so they know where to clean first.   

2: Mold Can Cause Serious Health Problems

Sometimes people assume since they are in good health and have been living with mold for a while, a little cleanup couldn't possibly harm them. However, what most people don't realize is mold produces harmful spores as it grows, which can be released into the air when patches are scrubbed. Here are a few health issues that you might be faced with if you decide to attack that mold on your own:

  • Headaches: In addition to aggravating allergies, mold exposure can also cause irritant reactions, which can prompt flu-like symptoms including pounding headaches.
  • Lung Infections: How would you like to suffer permanent lung damage due to a little mold exposure? Believe it or not, mold spores can cause serious lung infections and lead to COPD, an ongoing condition that can make it hard to breathe.
  • Mucormycosis: If your immune system has been compromised because of another medical issue, mold exposure can be even more dangerous. Mucormycosis is a potentially fatal infection that some people develop after breathing in mold spores. The disease can attack your brain, sinuses, and eyes. In fact, one Kentucky man named Mark Tatum had to have part of his face removed to fend off the disease.

When it comes to mold, don't risk it. Hire a professional mold abatement team who is trained to handle potentially dangerous mold infestations. Your abatement team will test the air for spores before and after your treatment, so that you can sleep a little easier at night.

3: You Won't Be Able to Prove The Issue Has Been Resolved

If your future time and health aren't reason enough to call in a professional, you should think of how your DIY mold removal job could affect your home value. Since homes with a history of mold issues sell for an average of up to 23% less, it might be worthwhile to call in a team of experts who can issue you paperwork stating a clean bill of health.

After experts clean up your place, they can give you documentation stating the nature of the problem, how the issue was resolved, and the air quality levels after the treatment. When you have proof that the problem was resolved properly, it might make it easier to show that you handled the issue responsibly later. In fact, being able to prove that mold issues have been properly handled might decrease your home's devaluation to a mere 3%.

Leaving mold abatement to the professionals might free up a little of your time, make it easier to sell your home, and keep you safe from harm. Continue to learn more.