Any Home in Duluth can be Affected by Mold
- Why? Our local climate is known for heavy humidity and moisture. With moisture, comes mold. There are many ways water and moisture can enter your Duluth residence. What can you do before calling an R4 professional? You can do a general review of areas in your house that might allow moisture in. Review the four items below.
1) If you have a crawl space or basement in you Duluth home, check for cracks in the foundation.
2) Make sure the grading on your Duluth home slopes away from the house.
3) Check all gutters. Ensure the water runs away from the foundation.
4) Check all windows in your home to make sure there are now air leaks. In Duluth, if air is getting in then moisture is getting in.
What should you do if you find excessive humidity getting into your Duluth home?
Call R4 to schedule a mold inspection.
Before you call a mold inspector in Duluth, you should know the answers to the following 4 questions.
Is a mold inspection a flat rate cost for any Duluth Home?
Answer: NO - A mold inspection is a service based on the time it takes to inspect your Duluth home. The smaller the square footage the smaller the inspection fee. However if sheetrock walls need to be removed for an inspection, then the cost could be greater. Call to R4 and we can give you a general cost, based on answering a few straightforward questions about your Duluth property.
Is a mold inspection the same as a ordinary home inspector?
ANSWER: NO - A mold inspector will need to have access to restricted areas to inspect HVAC ducts and other areas. In some cases the mold inspector may need your permission to remove parts of walls for additional inspection of your home.
How much does a mold inspection cost?
The average, mold inspection costs $300 to $400 for Duluth homes with less than 4,000 square feet. Above 4,000 square feet, the cost can increase to $600 or or more. These costs do not include testing, removal or remediation of the mold.
Is the company conducting the mold inspection qualified?
Answer: Find a contractor with specialized experience in mold inspections and remediation. Ask 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, wood flooring, stone and tile flooring, odor removal, mold remediation, water damage, fire damage restoration and more.
Once your Duluth property has been inspected for mold by a accredited company, what is the next step?
If the mold examination finds mold in your Duluth residence, the next step is to prepare 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 may need to be replaced, if they have mold embedded.
Mold Removal, is it a do-it-yourself project for your Duluth 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 team of 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.