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Mold remediation is a potentially lengthy procedure, and leaving your home for the duration can be a difficult decision. Besides the inconvenience of living away from your home, there is the financial impact of staying in a hotel if you have nowhere else to go. While it is possible to stay home, there are several things to consider before you make your decision.
There’s a reason it is called Mold Remediation and not Mold Removal. Partly, it’s recognition that mold spores are everywhere and have been in every breath you’ve taken since birth. Mold isn’t an issue until it starts to grow in colonies within your home and the spores levels become too concentrated, which can cause health problems.
We also use the term remediation because the process involves more than simply removing the mold you can see. Mold hides and needs to be hunted down while specialized equipment creates negative air pressure within temporarily blocked-off areas to keep the spores from traveling into other parts of your home.
Areas of your home will be separated by plastic barriers that nobody can enter without wearing protective gear. These barriers will be put up wherever needed without regard to the inconvenience they might cause to homeowners. This isn’t because we don’t care but because the location of the mold colonies dictates where these barriers must be placed. This can result in making it difficult to navigate your home.
There will be several units running at all times during the remediation process, with each machine producing excess heat into your home. It is often necessary to turn off your HVAC system as its function is to move air throughout your home, which runs counter to containing the mold spores to one area. As a result, the temperature in your home may become uncomfortably hot, especially in warmer months.
The need for negative pressure and drying out moisture-laden areas that keep mold healthy won’t go away when the sun goes down. These machines will run 24 hours a day until the process is complete. The noise from these units may make it difficult for some people to get a good night’s rest.
The dry, hot air and the possibility of concentrated mold spores may have a detrimental effect on the health of the young, old, and those with health conditions related to breathing. Even healthy individuals may find the atmosphere during remediation efforts to be unpleasant.
Whether you stay during the process or leave for the duration is up to you. Mitigating factors could be that the area being treated is in an easily separated portion of your home or a room you can live without for a few days.
Consider the risks to you and your family and weigh them against the inconvenience of leaving your home. Also, consider the above-mentioned unpleasantness of the mold remediation process itself. We aren’t trying to frighten you out of your home; we want you to make a fully informed decision. If you decide to stay, we will do our best to keep the impact of our efforts to take care of your mold problem to a minimum.
If your home insurance is covering the remediation process, your insurance company will usually want to put you and your family up in a local hotel until the process is over. Often, insurance companies prefer to spend the extra money on a hotel room rather than risk possible liability for a member of your family falling ill from the remediation process.
If you are concerned that there may be mold in your home in the greater DC area or need mold remediation, call us at Valor Mold, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and go over your options.
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