Don’t let your remodeling contractor clean up mold!
Many times Mastertech Environmental receives calls from homeowners who in the midst of doing home renovations report their contractor has come across mold. This usually occurs when the contractor is doing some type of demolition such as a bathroom, kitchen or basement remodel upgrade.
The phone call usually goes something like this, “My contractor came across mold on the back of the sheetrock and studs during demolition in the basement. He removed it all and sprayed bleach on it but can you come check it?”. When I hear this I cringe because I know a bad situation was just made worse. Most contractors intentions are good but don’t know the proper protocol and acceptable standards in removing/remediating mold.
First, most contractors are not aware that when mold is “disturbed” harmful mold spores are emitted into the air, contaminating the surrounding areas where more mold spores can breed. Proper containment to isolate the area is critical along with introducing a negative air machine to keep the spores from spreading around the house.
Secondly, when contractors remove the affected drywall, most typically just walk it through other parts of the house and dispose of it outside. While disposing of the contaminated drywall is great, bringing it through the rest of the house just likely contaminated every area he just walked though.
Lastly, the chemicals mold remediation companies like Mastertech use to treat mold affected areas are not bought off a shelf in a big box store where your local contractor would go. These chemicals are bought at distribution outlets specifically for the Remediation & Restoration industry and are far superior in treating mold than those bought locally.
The dangers to spreading harmful mold spores throughout your home are likely if these steps are not followed. Let a professional mold remediation company like Mastertech Environmental treat any mold your contractor comes across.