Is Mold Hiding in Your Home?
Help! I Found Mold!
Sometimes, people don’t know when to call a professional or when it’s safe to spray an area and wipe it clean. When it comes to mold, there are a lot of questions that you won’t deal with regularly, so that’s why we’re here to help! Today I’m going to talk about when exactly you need to call Sunsation Restoration or another certified, professional mold inspection and remediation service.
Who Should I Call?
First, a common concern that we hear is “I can see mold in my attic, garage, porch, etc.” Your attic, garage, and the outside of your house is considered “outside space”. Those areas are not considered living areas, so the good news is that you don’t legally need a professional remediator to remove and sanitize mold from there. Mold may be in or on these parts of your house, but it’s pretty normal to find it here. As long as the mold is only covering an area of ten feet or less, a handyman can take care of it for you. That doesn’t mean that you can’t use a professional remediator. If you feel uncomfortable we are IICRC and NORMI-certified (nudge, nudge!). We enjoy helping your home get back to a healthy standard, but we still want you to know that you can have it done for less.
What About When the Mold Comes Inside?
If the inside (or “living areas”) of your house has mold spots, it’s time to call us. We have the certifications to properly remove and sanitize area of mold and prevent future mold infestations. Our qualifications give us the ability to work in places where people sleep, breathe, eat, and drink regularly (those are places where you really don’t want mold!) If you see mold inside, call us or another certified mold removal company!
How Bad is My Mold?
Generally, mold can be found after part of a building has been wet for a while. The amount of time necessary for mold to grow depends on the moisture levels of the area and the climate. The temperature of the air during the time the area is wet also plays a big role. Mold is going to be worse in a flooded building that hasn’t had residents in two weeks than an occupied home that discovers the water in a few days. Moisture levels also play a large role in what types of mold can survive and grow in a home. Penicillin types of mold are usually the first to start appearing because it thrives on wet drywall. Sounds perfect for Florida, right?
Stachybotrys type molds are what is often described as black or toxic molds. These molds thrive in areas that are wet, wet, wet, wet for a long time. We also see these types of situations in areas that are over looked at by most home owners and tenants. Roofs, walls, basements, and hidden areas are prime targets for this type of mold. But is all black mold actually toxic Stachysbotrys? No, actually! One thing to remember is that many dark and black mold aren’t Stachybotrys—they just happen to be dark.
Why is Sunsation Restoration Different?
Sunsation Restoration is great for mold inspection and removal. We are IICRC and NORMI-certified in both mold inspection and mold removal. However, this makes our job more complicated. We want to stay honest with every customer we have, so we do one or the other. We can inspect your home and set up a removal protocol or take an active role in remediating the problem. Otherwise, there can be a conflict of interest if we are doing both. You should give us a call for an inspection when you feel symptoms of mold contamination while in your home or place of business: musty smells, dark spots on the walls, or a problematic leak. We can also remediate for another inspector if you had already contacted one.
By being certified, we bring a level of professionalism and skill to your mold inspection and removal jobs. Sunsation restores order to your home or business by getting it back to a healthy standard. Out with the mold, in with our crew!