Mold Remediation Following A Flood: When To Handle It Yourself, And When To Call In The Professionals

If you've recently experienced flooding in your home, which has resulted in the formation of mold, you may be curious as to whether it can be safely handled by yourself or whether flood restoration professionals will need to be called in. While it never hurts to have a professional assess the situation, there are a few instances in which you can safely remove the mold. Below are the answers to some questions that will give you a better idea of what you can and cannot handle safely, and when the professionals should be called upon.

When Can I Handle Removal Myself?

There are a few situations in which mold removal may not require the help of professionals, though it's always recommended that removal be done with extreme caution.

If, for example, the mold is on an easy-to-clean surface (glass, metal, tile), or if the surface can be easily and safely removed from the home, the removal can usually be handled by yourself. This, of course, assumes that proper protection is worn at all times (mouth and nose mask, gloves, and easily laundered clothing).

Remember, even if you do handle the removal of mold yourself, it never hurts to call in a mold remediation specialist to test your home afterwards. A professional can test the area in which the mold was removed, as well as the air within your home, to ensure that the removal was a success and the home's air is safe.

When Should the Professionals Be Called?

Mold remediation, depending on the location and the size of the affected area, can require the help of mold remediation professionals. So, how can you know when it's time to call them in?

When the mold is in a hard-to-reach spot, or the material is difficult to properly clean, it's best to call in mold remediation professionals. With the right tools and training, professionals can more safely and effectively remove mold and ensure your home is safe.

Do you suffer from health issues, such as asthma or allergies, that may make mold removal more dangerous? Then it's recommended that you call in the professionals at the first signs of mold and allow them to handle it themselves. This will keep you and your home healthy and safe.

If you've come across mold in your home following a flood, before handling the situation yourself, consider the two questions above and assess the situation accordingly.