Mold Removal FAQ

Mold Removal and Remediation FAQ

Frequent Questions About Mold Removal and Mold Remediation
What is mold?

Mold is a natural and fundamental part of our environment; however, elevated mold levels in your home or business indicate an underlying issue which may produce “mycotoxins” a very toxic substance for humans.

How fast does mold grow after water damage?

Mold can begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours after water damage. Mold can grow and spread quickly when it is disrupted and this is the main reason only an experience individual should attempt to mitigate a mold concern. Allowing mold to grow can cause the mold spores to break off into the air, potentially causing illnesses and additional damages and costs to repair your home.

Is it dangerous to live in a house with mold?

In some cases, mold exposure may the most problems to people with preexisting health conditions, elderly people and children. Moreover, mold can irritate your eyes, nose, skin, throat and lungs.

If mold remediation is being done can I stay at the property?

We always recommend relocating during the remediation; however, there are circumstances where the client may remain in the property during the course of the remediation work. Staying home during the remediation, you will experience odors from, tapes, glues, plastics used for containment barriers, as well as loud noises from HEPA negative air units, abrasive cleaning tools, demolition noise and workers going in and out of the property.

How can I tell if I have mold in my home or business?

If you have suspicions of mold growth due to a recent water damage event or notice some discoloration it’s always best to have the area tested by a qualified environmentalist. If you would like a list of testing companies, please send an email to or visit our Referrals page for companies.

Can I remediate the mold myself?

No, we do not recommended mold to be mitigated by a property owner or contractor that has no experience or certifications to remediate mold. There is a specific level of PPE required and engineering controls that unexperienced individuals may not be aware of. It is common for individuals that attempt to mitigate a mold issue to make it worst by cross contaminating other areas of the property. There are helpful tips you can find online to clean surface mold on shower, tub or tile grout.

How much does it cost on average to get rid of mold in my home?

There are many factors involved in a mold remediation project that affect pricings. On average, a cost for mold remediation is about $2,500 per affected area. Since mold remediation can be expensive depending on the number of areas affected and how damage the area is, we suggest clients to contact us for a free estimate. We provide free detailed estimates for mold removal projects for all home owners, property managers, real estate agents that represent a property buyer/seller and in some cases we can also provide a repair ball park cost.

Why is mold a concern?

Elevated mold levels in a home or business are considered to be an indoor pollution. Mold being in your home is not a selling scheme; it’s a real life health issue that affects properties across the United States. The beat way to determine the indoor air quality in your home is to have it tested by a qualified testing company. Click here to visit our Referral page for recommended companies.

What should I know about when hiring a mold remediation company?

When a hiring a mold remediation company, it important to pay attention to the details which starts with the estimate. Does the estimate have a clear outline of the scope of work that will be done in the affected area(s)? Does the estimate contain photos showing the areas to be remediated? Is the company licensed, bonded, and insured including workers compensation? Does the company have respiratory programs for their technicians?

Are the technicians really experienced or certified? At First to Respond Restoration, we promise to meet all of those criteria’s plus provide a 5-star service; our estimates are free of charge.

Are chemicals used during a mold remediation?

In some instances, there may be chemicals sprayed during a mold remediation which some people may be allergic to—to ensure your safety, we use Benefect Botanical Disinfectant. It is a U.S.EPA registered product made from plant extracts with no cautions/warnings on the label/SDS Sheets. A copy of the SDS Sheet is available upon request.


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