Mold remediation equipment includes products to kill mold, equipment that tests for mold, special vacuums for removing water and mold from carpet, air scrubbers, negative air machines, dehumidifiers for removing excess moisture from an area and a variety of personal safety equipment. The cost of all this equipment can definitely add up, and while some people prefer to try to get rid of mold on their own without hiring a professional, professionals have all the necessary equipment and safety gear.
You can buy products to kill mold at most hardware stores, and some people just tackle mold with plain old bleach and water, but there are many different strains of mold and different strains respond to different types of treatment products. Without the proper testing equipment, you won’t know what kind of mold you have; if you don’t know what kind of mold you have, you don’t know what kind of products to kill mold you need to buy.
If you hire a qualified mold remediation professional, on the other hand, he or she will have all the necessary equipment readily available. Follow this link for a list of Mold Removal Professionals in your area, or read on for more information.
Not all mold remediation contractors carry all the same gear, but some of the mold remediation equipment you should expect a qualified contractor to have on hand includes:
As you can see, some of this equipment is easily obtained by anyone and quite affordable. You can pick up heavy-duty trash bags, duct tape and rubber gloves at your local hardware store. However, things like air scrubbers, negative air machines and respirator masks may need to be specially ordered and can be quite costly. And yet, they are probably necessary if the job is to be done thoroughly and safely.
When you hire a mold remediation professional, ask about his or her qualifications and if he or she is certified in mold remediation. Also ask what mold remediation equipment he or she will have on hand while performing mold remediation in your home. Make sure your contractor will have more than just products to kill mold. Air scrubbers, negative air machines, safety equipment and the other products mentioned above are all important for a successful job.
If you do decide to take matters into your own hands, note that some strains of mold, like black mold, are fairly toxic, but even those that aren’t actually toxic can cause many health problems if you inhale spores. If you’re scrubbing mold or otherwise trying to remove it, there’s a good chance you will inhale some spores if you aren’t wearing a proper face mask. Be safe and buy yourself rubber gloves and an N-95 facial mask (they’ll know what kind of facial mask you mean at the hardware store).
You can schedule a free consultation with a mold removal specialist even if you think you want to handle the mold removal in your home yourself. You’ll benefit from some professional advice as well as from professional assistance making sure you’ve located all the mold in the home. For a list of local mold removal specialists offering free consultations, just follow the link.