Mold Removal for your Atlanta Residence
- Georgia climate is known for heavy humidity and moisture, especially Atlanta. With moisture, comes mold. There are many ways water and moisture can enter your Atlanta home. As a homeowner, what can you do before calling an R4 professional? You can do a general survey of areas in your house that might allow moisture to enter. Check the four items below.
1) If you have a crawl space or basement in you Atlanta address, check for cracks in the foundation.
2) Make sure the grading on your Atlanta home slopes away from the foundation.
3) Look at all your gutters. Make sure the water runs away from the foundation.
4) Check all windows in your home to make sure there are now air leaks. In Atlanta, if air is getting in then moisture is getting in also.
What should you do if you find excessive moisture getting into your Atlanta Property?
Call R4 to schedule a mold inspection.
Before you call any mold inspector in Atlanta, you should know the answers to the following four questions.
Is a mold inspection a flat rate price for any Atlanta location?
Answer: NO - A mold inspection is a service based on the general time it takes to inspect your Atlanta home. So the smaller the square footage the smaller the inspection fee. However if sheet rock walls need to be removed for an in depth inspection, then the cost could be higher. With a call to R4 we can give you a general cost, based on answering a few simple questions about your Atlanta property.
Is a mold inspection the same as a typical home inspection?
ANSWER: NO - A mold inspector will need to have access to restricted areas like removing grates to inspect HVAC ducts. In some cases the mold inspector may need your permission to remove parts of sheet-rock walls for further inspection of your Atlanta home.
How much does a mold inspection cost?
The average, mold inspection costs $300 to $400 for Atlanta homes below 4,000 square feet. Above 4,000 square feet, the cost can increase to $700 or higher. These costs do not include testing or remediation of the mold.
Is the company conducting the mold inspection qualified?
Answer: Look for a contractor with specific experience and expertise in mold inspections and remediation. Ask them if they are an IICRC Certified company, that employ technicians who, after study, field experience and passing comprehensive exams, have received IICRC certifications in specific cleaning, restoration and inspection categories such as upholstery, stone and tile flooring, carpet cleaning, odor removal, mold remediation, water damage, fire damage restoration and more.
Once your Atlanta property has been inspected for mold by a certified company, what is the next step?
If the mold inspection finds mold in your Atlanta residence, the next step is to formulate a remediation plan. This begins with removing the source of the moisture that’s allowing the mold to grow. Failure to remove the moisture, will result in the mold grow back. Hard surfaces should be scrubbed and washed. Soft surfaces like carpets or foam tiles have to be cut out and replaced, if they have mold embedded. It is impossible to clean all the mold off of porous surfaces.
Mold Removal, is it a do-it-yourself project for your Atlanta dwelling?
In most cases NO. Did you know that household cleaners can exacerbate mold growth? Common household cleaners cannot completely eliminate spores, so relying on them can lead to the spread of mold to other areas of your property. Our trained mold remediation specialists will identify the source of mold growth and perform proper removal of the hazardous material, ensuring that your property is safe and indoor air quality is healthy. For expert, professional mold removal, call R4Clean today (404) 428-1255.