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Does a Residential Mold Assessment Require a Professional?

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Black mold growth on wall Mold damage in a Draper, UT home

If you experience a flood or a burst pipe in your home, you’ll probably know about it. But what about a pipe with a slow leak or a roof that isn’t water-tight? Unfortunately, mold can grow without you ever knowing about it in Draper, UT. Tracking it down often requires an expert for a valid mold assessment.

Is Black Mold Always Visible?

Not always, but it can be. Colonies like dark places to grow, but it’s not unusual to find mold peeking out from behind a washing machine or hot water tank. It’ll often be either growing right around an edge or, if well established, be in large, shiny fan-shaped patches in at least one of three colors:

  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Black

Will a DIY Mold Detection Kit Work?
Unfortunately, a mold test kit that isn’t designed and certified to be handled by an expert will never be considered valid. Many off-the-shelf kits don’t even meet insurance company specifications.
Yet, the test kits aren’t the main issue with DIY. Studies show that most DIY test results are positive for mold because mold spores are everywhere. It takes training by a professional organization such as Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification to learn how to perform a mold assessment for the bad types.

What Happens if Mold Is Found?
Simple areas of mildew, such as what’s often found around water tanks on a toilet, can be easily cleaned off non-porous surfaces. However, black mold growth is serious and requires a certified mold restoration company with both the experience and access to resources needed for removal.
That’s another reason a professional mold assessment is so essential: they can decide what can be repaired and what must be replaced. It’s why insurance companies have a list of Preferred Vendors: they’re guaranteed to work within a budget to keep costs down.
The restoration will locate the cause of the water damage and hunt down any hidden mold. They use custom disinfectants that are hospital-approved to strip away mold spores and viruses. They’ll replace moldy drywall and can often sanitize carpets and fabrics in your home.

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