Are you searching for the ‘best mold removal company near me?’ Anyone can say they are the best but how do you know? What should you know when hiring a mold removal company? What questions should you ask before hiring them? Can you do the job yourself? Come read and learn everything you need to know.
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WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT WHEN HIRING A MOLD REMOVAL COMPANY?
Have you ever had mold removed from your home? Do you know what to ask mold removal companies? What do they really do?
As a mold removal company, we know what you should expect and what the industry standards should be. If the company you interview doesn’t know the answer to the questions in this article, you probably don’t want to hire them!
Whether you are located in our service area (Oconee, Clarke, Barrow, Walton, Green, Morgan, Jackson, Oglethorpe, and Madison County, Georgia) or not, we want everyone to know what mold removal should look like.
QUESTIONS SHOULD YOU ASK A MOLD REMOVAL COMPANY BEFORE HIRING THEM
Not all mold removal and remediation companies are created equal. Before hiring anyone you should ask questions, a lot of questions. If they can’t answer these questions or answer them to your satisfaction… Don’t hire them!
Do you consider mold a health hazard?
The answer should always be yes! Mold is definitely a health hazard. Many of our customers find us after a recommendation from their doctor, that they may in fact have a mold problem, and not just an illness.
Mold is most often associated with allergies, but mold is much more menacing than people know. While all molds have the potential to cause irritation and allergy symptoms, molds can also cause much more dangerous health problems including: fungal poisoning and mental health problems.
To learn more about how mold can affect mental health check out our articles: Mold and Mycotoxins: Effects on the Brain and Nervous System in Adults and Effects of Mold on Children’s Health.
WHAT IS MOLD REMOVAL OR MOLD REMEDIATION?
Mold remediation is the technical term for mold removal. Here at Branch Environmental, we know mold remediation can be overwhelming, we are here to walk you through it. Though every home and circumstance is unique, we follow a proven process to not only remove mold contaminants, but keep them from returning.
1.Define The Scope
The company you choose should offer a comprehensive mold and indoor air quality inspection that you pay for, not hand over a price without truly investigating the problem. Your inspector should define the extent of the necessary work and what may or may not need to be done. The inspector should talk you through all your options and tailor a plan that fits your needs and your budget.
2.Correct Moisture Problems
Removing or correcting the source of moisture is a vital part of the remediation process to ensure mold does not return. This may be handled by a contractor outside the scope of the mold remediation. Once walls or floors are opened up, now is the time to address plumbing issues and other leaks.
Routine maintenance checks, performed on your home, can prevent leaks. The smaller the leak and longer the leak is present, the more mold will grow. Prevention is worth nine tenths of the cure they say!
To learn how to prevent water leaks and where the most likely spots for leaks in your home are located, check out our posts: Top 6 Types of Water Damage and How to Avoid Them.
3.Protect The People
Keeping your family and the work crews safe is top priority. This means preparing your home for the work that needs to be done. Branch Environmental uses methods such as containment walls and negative air to keep your home safe, and we’ll let you know if you can or cannot be in the home during the work. Check out our post Branch Environmental Keeping You Safe to learn more.
4.Remove The Mold
The work will start by removing and discarding non-salvageable material. Next, the materials that can be saved are cleaned. At Branch Environmental, we always use safe and environmentally friendly products. There is no reason to replace one environmental toxin with another, such as bleach. Be sure to ask your mold remediation contractor questions about the chemicals they use to remove mold and if they are environmentally friendly.
If walls or floors were removed during the remediation, the final step will be reinstalling what was taken out. Drywall, carpet, and other soft materials are the most likely materials that will have to be replaced. However, even framing or complete floors may have to be replaced depending on the level of damage.
HOW MUCH DOES MOLD REMOVAL COST?
That’s what most people ask, but the answer is not that simple. Costs for mold removal depend on the extent of the damage and what underlying problems caused the damage in the first place. Any company who gives you numbers before they inspect your home has a preconceived idea of what they ‘think’ the problem is. What you really need is a comprehensive mold and indoor air quality inspection.
A comprehensive mold and indoor air quality inspection (like ours) is very different from simply handing over a price. Imagine if your mechanic told you how much it would cost to fix your car without looking under the hood? Would you trust him (or her)? Getting a price for mold remediation without paying for a comprehensive mold inspection is a lot like that. Spending a few hundred dollars on a comprehensive mold inspection is money well spent, since a few hundred now could save you thousands in the long run. To learn even more about mold removal costs check out our post: Mold Removal Costs – Branch Tells You the Truth in 5 Minutes.
THE BRANCH DIFFERENCE
At Branch Environmental, we analyze the symptoms to determine the root cause of your problem. We see each mold inspection as an in-depth investigation, not an opportunity to hand over a guess-based estimate of work. If you think you may need a mold inspection, get in touch with us, and we’ll get down to the source.
Call Branch Environmental. We’re experts not only at mold removal, but at determining and remediating the underlying causes. From hidden mold sources to major contaminants, we can identify exactly what is going on in your home and rid it of environmental toxins, often for good.