Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “Consumers may not realize but there are potential dangers in your home. The common toxins we hear about are mold, radon and asbestos.”
Rebecca Shopp, Homeowner: “When it first happened I was not as concerned because it was such a small area that got moldy, but then when I had it patched and a few months later found mushrooms in the carpet is when I realized it was a much larger area and it got to the point where it was growing mushrooms then I was more concerned. I had a company come out test and they went into the crawlspace - I had not gone into the crawlspace that’s when they found a lot more mold than I was expecting. Once I knew how much there was then I was really concerned.”
Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “There is a minimal level of mold in every house and a lot of times you might find it in your bathroom or your basement, but the key here is keeping it at a minimal level and if you find that you have more mold you want to have it taken care of right away.”
Mike Honan, Delta Services Inc.: “Typically, they can – there are options where they can actually remove it themselves. It depends on the situation, but the majority of the time they should seek some help because once you disturb the mold then the spores tend to spread so we are trying to in our situation control that environment. The homeowner in small situations if the mold is not to prevalent then they can do the clean-up themselves.”
Betsie Trammell, Micro Air Inc.: “The easiest way is a tape-lift and that is something were we can send you a specific type of material and then you would press it directly on that mold and send that back to us. Its 35 dollars and it’s called a tape lift sample and that’s if you see some mold visible.”
Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “The first step is to actually have your home tested. And the key here is to have someone test it who is an independent and the test is going to be sent off to a lab to be analyzed. You don’t want the same person test it be the person who is actually going to fix the problem. Second is to find a licensed professional to handle the mitigation.”
Angie’s List Tips:
- Tackle clean up yourself if you have less than 10 square feet of mold damage.
- Mold is a moisture problem: Fix the moisture issue to prevent future mold issues.
- Mold colors: white, brown, orange, green and black.
- Recognizing mold: has a furry look, resembles a stringy slime, or a powdery-look.
- Black mold: considered to be the most dangerous type of mold found in homes.
- Check your policy: Not all mold damage is covered by your homeowner’s insurance.