Because many types of mold found growing in water damaged buildings are toxic, it is never advised to attempt to clean or remediate large areas yourself. This is especially true if you have a compromised immune system or if you are suffering from CIRS or any other mold related illness.
It is important to have your space thoroughly inspected, tested, and then remediated by qualified professionals.
In most states, mold inspectors can not legally perform remediation as it creates a conflict of interest.
Certified Indoor Air has no affiliation with any remediation companies, but will happily make suggestions based on your individual needs.
Below is a checklist of just a few of the questions to be sure to ask any mold remediators you contact to ensure you get the best results possible.
DO YOU PROVIDE BOTH INSPECTION AND REMEDIATION SERVICES?
The answer should be "no" as it creates a conflict of interest and is even illegal in many states.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR REMEDIATION CONTAINMENT PROTOCOLS?
Toxic mold remediation and removal requires special precautions. Vapor barriers, hepa vacuums, careful removal of damaged materials, and fine particle remediation (specific post-remediation cleaning protocols) are necessary to ensure dangerous particles are not spread to other areas of your home.
ARE YOU WILLING TO GO THROUGH THE REPORT FROM MY MOLD INSPECTION , ADDRESSING EACH ISSUE FOUND?
Mold remediation contractors are often not trained in locating and identifying all sources of water damage and mold growth in a building. It is necessary that they address all issues found and reported by your certified mold inspector.
DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE DOING REMEDIATION WORK FOR PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM CIRS, MCS, COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEMS, OR AUTOIMMUNE CONDITIONS?
It is vital that whoever does your remediation understand your needs regarding proper containment and clean-up if you are suffering from a condition caused or affected by mold exposure. Some companies may use harsh chemicals and/or improper containment and clean-up protocols, which will leave the air in your home worse than when they began.
Age-old wisdom of mold is specific and clear. Thorough and complete remediation is the only thing that works. If the conditions causing the mold growth in the first place are not corrected, mold growth will recur:
“If the defiling mold reappears in the house after the stones have been torn out and the house scraped and plastered, the priest is to go and examine it and, if the mold has spread in the house, it is a persistent defiling mold; the house is unclean. It must be torn down—its stones, timbers and all the plaster—and taken out of the town."
Leviticus 14 : 39-47