DIY Mold Remediation:Why It’s a BAD Idea

Thankfully, the internet has provided homeowners all sorts of brilliant ideas on how to DIY mold. As we have known to be true, everything on the internet is NOT a good idea or true. Aside from everyday mold, DIY mold remediation is really not a sound idea. The antiquated method is that bleach can and will kill mold. While that is partially true, when it comes to non-porous building materials, bleach cannot completely kill the mold. Non-porous building materials are classified as glass, metals, hard plastics, wood, and drywall. All which are extremely common places for mold to grow.

Why it doesn’t work.

Surface mold that is growing ON materials can typically be cleaned up with a bleach solution. When mold is growing IN a non-porous object the bleach cannot penetrate into the material to kill the mold. Essentially, this is how the problem began in the first place… Moisture became trapped inside the material and had no place to escape causing it to thrive in it’s environment and grow exponentially.

To ensure the safety and health of your home and family, mold need to be remediated by professionals, and it needs to be addressed as soon as possible. The health risks of mold can pose serious threats due to prolonged exposure.

All in all, most of the calls we receive are when people suspect they may have mold behind drywall, in their floors, etc. These cases require prompt professional attention but in New York State there are a few steps you need to follow:

  1. Call a Mold Remediation professional. The professionals at Rainbow Restoration of Watertown are certified with the State of New York as a mold remediation contractor. Rainbow International of Watertown is the ONLY Certified contractor with the state and certified through the IICRC withing a 60 mile radius. Check here:  http://www.iicrc.org/locate-a-certified-professional/#north-america
  2. Hire a testing company. We are not a testing company, we cannot perform this task. Once you hire out a testing company they will build the scope of work for our professional to follow during the remediation process.
  3. Talk with your insurance agent and see if you’re covered. Sometimes mold is covered but typically it’s not. If you don’t get the mold taken care of whether covered or not, your insurance company can drop you.
  4. Schedule the work.
  5. Post-remediation testing. The testing company will review the work performed and test once completed.

In conclusion, extensive mold remediation cannot be cleaned up by anyone. Especially in the state of NY, there are a lot of steps and you have to hire a certified professional because it’ s the law. Rainbow International of Watertown has completed hundreds of mold remediation projects both in residence and commercial properties. Call the professionals at Rainbow International of Watertown if you ever suspect mold.