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When Is It Better to Call the Professionals to Clear Basement Mold

When Is It Better to Call the Professionals to Clear Basement Mold

Basement Mold

Mold is a common problem that a lot of households suffer from, especially if these households have a basement. Mold spores make their way into your home thorough openings such as windows and doors. In fact, they can also be transported via clothing and also, pets. Spores themselves may not cause too much trouble, but under the right environmental conditions, these spores will grow into actual mold and start spreading.

The bad news is that most households have an environment conducive to mold growth. If you have basement moisture caused by dampness or water leaks, then you can be sure that you’re going to have mold trouble, especially crawl space mold.

So, now the question is, how do you get rid of it? Should you do it yourself or get a professional to do it for you? Well, before we answer that, let us first learn to identify mold growth.

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The Signs of Basement Mold

For starters, the first thing to look at when you’re identifying mold growth is the appearance. Mold, usually, appears as a discoloration. They can show up on multiple surfaces including walls, ceilings, and even floors. But, a discoloration doesn’t necessarily mean mold. Discolorations could be caused from a wide range of factors ranging from spills to grease and pollutants.

So, the best way to find out if it is mold is to apply bleach over it. If the color changes or the discoloration vanishes, then it’s mold.

The second sign you need to look for is odor. If the odor in your basement or home is musty or earthy, then that indicates you have mold growth. Looking for an odor is important because mold can grow on your internal structure as well, which means you won’t see any visible discoloration.

Cleaning Basement Mold

Now, it all boils down to cleaning. Small amounts of mold can be handled on your own. You just need to create a mix of baking soda and dishwashing soap. Then, rub the mold patches down with it. However, if you spot areas of mold growth that are larger than 4 feet, then it’s time to call in the professionals.

Professionals are trained in the area of mold removal and help you clear out severe cases of basement mold growth. However, make sure they are accredited by the concerned authority. In the U.S., it’s either the American Council for Accredited Certification or the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. Check for credentials and make sure they provide you with lab test reports and a plan detailing the clean-up process. Also, ask for an estimate.