Can I Remove Mold Myself?
I can’t tell you how many times someone has asked me to remove the mold in their house themselves.
Of course, I always say, “Of course you can!” Yes, it is possible to remove mold yourself.
However, you should know some caveats before rushing into DIY mold removal without consulting a mold inspection company.
1) Mold Removal with Chemicals is Hazardous.
Removing mold using chemicals can be hazardous, especially if you are not wearing proper protection or have little experience doing so. Also, most chemicals are toxic and require specialized knowledge to use them safely. Some of them can cause chemical burns that may require skin grafts if mishandled.
It is not worth risking human life to save a little money on mold removal chemicals. Always wear protective gear and get the necessary training before using hazardous chemicals for mold removal.
2) You can Make Mold Removal More Expensive if You Don’t Do it Right the First Time.
If you do not remove the mold correctly, you may have to spend more money to fix the damage and remove the mold for good. It is even possible for the mold to come back in some cases.
Before beginning any mold removal project, talk to a professional to ensure you do it correctly the first time.
3) Be Sure to Test for Other Contamination.
Suppose your house has experienced flooding or other forms of water damage that caused the initial mold problem. In that case, there may be other contaminants in your home that could be harmful to you and your family.
Before beginning any mold removal work in your home, be sure to test for these types of contaminants, such as lead or asbestos.
The last thing you want is for a problem with one contaminant to turn into an even more significant problem when another pollutant goes undetected in the same area.
Also, be sure to consult with a professional before beginning any mold removal project in your house, so you can be sure to do it right the first time. Mold is not something that should ever be taken lightly.
4) Removing Mold Yourself Will Take Much Longer Than Hiring a Professional Service.
If money is an issue for you, then yes—you can remove the mold yourself. However, you should be aware that it will take much longer to do it yourself than if a professional take care of the project for you.
Most professional companies offer same-day service and guarantee their work. This means they will return to your home and make sure the mold is gone for good, free of charge if it comes back.