Mold is a scary problem to have. In recent years, just hearing the world “mold” can send homeowners into complete worry. There are news reports and articles written about how terrible mold is for your health and the health of your family. When does mold become such a problem that you need the help of a professional mold removal company?
Here’s the thing, even without the health risks associated with mold in your home, having mold growth is just gross. It can make your home feel dirty and dank, which isn’t necessary the truth! We all know that mold stems from water issues. However, it doesn’t take a major flood to cause mold growth within your home.
Next time you visit a friend’s home, look up at the bathroom ceiling. Chances are, you’ll see a little mold growth thanks to the damp air that sits in the room on a regular basis.
How do I Keep Mold at Bay in My Home?
That mold in your bathroom won’t kill you (as long as it isn’t a major growth!) If you’re unsure, you will want to bring in a professional to assess the area. However, the bathroom is where you go to get clean, and mold growth makes us feel anything BUT clean.
To keep mold at bay it’s all about moisture control. Most homes have mold due to lack of ventilation and large amounts of humidity. People do not take the time to properly install and ventilate their homes, leaving prime breeding ground for mold and mildew.
Keeping your mold issues to a minimum starts with you and your home maintenance. You do not need to call a professional mold removal company immediately. Instead, start with a few basic steps. Purchase a dehumidifier. This will remove the water and moisture from the air of the room where it sits, deterring mold growth.
If you do notice minimal mold on your baseboards or in other areas of your home, you can use over the counter mold cleaners, but be certain you are taking the necessary precautions when you clean. Make sure the room is properly ventilated and that you’re wearing gloves and protective gear.
When Do I Call In a Professional?
Chances are if you can see mold and your over the counter remedies aren’t working (or the area is large and a little intimidating), it’s time to call in a professional mold removal company. These companies will come into your home and perform a complete assessment of the area, typically at no cost to you.
This is where it can get a little scary. Talking cost is never fun – but mold removal is worth it. You’re probably wondering what the typical cost is for mold removal. Honestly, it depends on a few things.
Your mold removal company will assess the problem and depending on the size of the affected area, the total cost could be over $1000. This is not to scare you away from professional mold removal, after all, your health is at stake -but it does give you a good way to understand the company’s validity after receiving a quote.
If you feel the quote is much higher than it should be, get a second opinion. There is no reason to only take only the word of one company when your budget is on the line. On the flip side, if the company comes in at an extremely low price, that’s a red flag.
Over all, it’s important to do your research when selecting the right professional mold removal company. At McMahon Service & Construction we are proud to serve the Chicago, and surrounding areas, with mold removal services.
We take pride in all of our work, and treat our customers like family. Mold problems aren’t fun, but we can make them less work for you! McMahon Services offer 24/7 emergency flooding restoration, and will work with you to remove any trace of mold on your home as quickly and effectively as possible. Call us today for more information.