Have you recently discovered that you have a leaky roof? Was that discovery due, in part, to finding mold growing somewhere on your walls or ceiling? Mold and mildew both love to grow wherever they can find enough moisture to do so. Unfortunately, once they gain a foothold somewhere, it can be difficult to get rid of them. Although you can try to clean up and get rid of the mold yourself, this is really something that you should leave to the professionals. There are a number of reasons why hiring someone is going to be the best choice and some of these reasons include:
Although there are many mold removal "tips" and "recipes" online, there are ones that aren't just wrong but outright dangerous to try. For instance, you might see someone claiming that you should alternate using an ammonia-based cleaner with a cleaning solution that contains bleach in order to get rid of the mold and keep it from coming back. Following this advice could result in serious injury or even death. Ammonia and bleach will combine together to make a potent and potentially deadly chlorine gas. Companies that handle the removal of mold use chemicals that are safer and aren't going to cause injury to yourself and your household.
Even if you do manage to find an effective treatment that gets rid of the mold, these DIY solutions often require multiple applications in order to keep the mold from returning. If you forget to re-treat the area, the mold will come back just as bad as before. When you have mold growing in an out-of-the-way location, applying this treatment on a regular basis can be difficult and may even seem impossible. Professional mold removal experts use techniques and products that allow them to offer a guarantee on their work. As long as your roof is no longer leaking, just one or two treatments should be enough to stop the mold and prevent it from returning.
When you look at the cost of hiring a mold removal company, it can seem expensive compared to the cost of doing it yourself. Even if your method isn't as efficient, it's still cheaper, right? But what you're likely failing to take into account is the cost of your own time, time that could be better spent doing something else. Having to order delivery food instead of cooking dinner, due to being too tired after you drag out your ladder, is money that needs to be considered and added to the total cost of your DIY removal attempt. Once you add everything up, it's likely that the total cost for a DIY job will actually be more than the price you'd pay to simply hire the mold removal company in the first place.