You've recently discovered mold in your home and know you need to get rid of it in order to protect your family from potential health problems. While you may have come across some DIY mold removal options online, you were smart and knew that the only way to ensure the job is done right is to hire a mold remediation professional like AK Pest Control CVA. Inc. But now that you've scheduled the appointment, you're wondering what to expect and what you should do to prepare.
Preparing for the Appointment
It may be a few days before a mold remediation professional can come out to your home. In the meantime, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from potentially dangerous mold in your home. For starters, try to increase ventilation in the areas where the mold was found. This may include placing a de-humidifier in the space, opening windows, or turning fans on. Furthermore, try to stay away from the mold as much as possible and keep the mold contained as much as possible by keeping the door closed. If the mold was found in a bedroom, this may mean making new sleeping arrangements temporarily.
Initial Consultation and Samples
Before the mold can be handled, a professional will need to perform an initial consultation and take some samples. This will help professionals determine not only what type of mold is present, but figure out the best option when it comes to remediation. During the consultation, experts will likely ask you some questions as well, such as when the mold was discovered and whether there has been any recently plumbing work done in the house. From there, an air spore sample will also be taken so it can be analyzed in a lab.
The Remediation Process
Once the results of the sample come back (usually within a few days), experts can determine the best course of action for mold remediation and will be back in contact to schedule an appointment. Depending on the severity of the mold and the type of mold discovered, you may need to vacate your home until remediation is complete—though this is unlikely. In most cases, you'll be able to stay in your home and live your life mostly as normal while the mold is being taken care of. Depending on the size of the area affected by mold, you can expect the remediation process to take anywhere from a few hours to a few days.