Last blog, we talked about why you should be concerned about mold, including some of the health effects some people suffer as a result of mold contamination in their homes or businesses.
When you spot or smell mold growth inside your property, you might investigate it yourself and try to determine the extent of the problem. For most owners, that makes sense as a first response, especially if a very small area is affected. But you may also want someone with experience to inspect the area and help you determine the cause. It will do no good whatsoever to remove mold growth if the problem isn’t rectified. It’ll grow back. And that problem usually points to some sort of moisture problem, whether it’s caused from an overhead leak, from a plumbing issue, from condensation or from groundwater seepage.
Who is qualified to assist you in an initial inspection? Realize first that the cause will determine if any insurance coverage will help cover the cost. Most mold damage will not be covered by standard property coverage, as it’s more likely determined to be caused by a lack of maintenance. You should contact a contractor who has experience with mold remediation as well as one who has microbial remediation certification from an independent organization. Search for a contractor who is certified by the American Council for Accredited Certification, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) or the American Industrial Hygiene Association.