Homeowners are naturally becoming more aware of various aspects of homeownership that weren’t always obvious. In large part, this is because so much information has become freely available. Twenty or thirty years ago, not many people were aware of residential mold and how serious a problem it could be. Today, a far greater number of homeowners take the threat of mold seriously.
There are obviously the health risks of breathing in toxic levels of mold spores, and there is also the reality that a mold invasion can seriously and permanently affect property values. Finally, there the question of how mold should be removed. This is a process that is often misunderstood, and a lot of people wonder whether a junk removal company could handle the process of mold removal.
The quick answer is no. If you have a widespread residential mold problem, it really needs to be assessed and remediated by a qualified specialist – these professionals use special equipment (such as infrared sensors) to pinpoint the source of the mold. Unless the problem is solved at the root, the mold will simply keep coming back.
There are, however, several ways in which a junk removal company can help with mold cleanup and prevention, including:
Removing debris from flooded basements
It’s well-known that flooding events are among the most common causes of residential mold. Mold thrives on moisture, so when basements become flooded, mold is often not far behind. One of the best ways to avoid this problem is by cleaning up the flood site in the most professional and comprehensive way possible. Once the water is pumped out, a professional junk removal company can assist with removing debris. Some junk removal companies have experience with working on flood sites and mold cleanup areas, and their assistance can make a big difference in terms of preventing a mold invasion.
What kind of debris might need to be removed from the home after a flooding event? Examples include damaged drywall, furniture, electrical appliances, boxes of papers or magazine, and other items that mold could potentially colonize. Getting rid of this stuff yourself can be dangerous and time consuming, depending on the specifics of the situation. Professionals are able to perform the job quickly and efficiently, with a minimum of disruption to your daily routine.
Choosing the right junk removal company to help with your mold problem
Staying ahead of mold isn’t always about waiting for it to show up – professionals agree that mold prevention is the key to protecting your home and avoiding the pitfalls of residential mold. Professional junk removal services are one way to keep your home clear of mold and prevent future invasions, whether or not you’ve had a flooding event. Just make sure you hire a reputable and licensed junk removal company with the right professional equipment, insurance, skills, and training. There are a lot of “unofficial” junk removal services out there, but it can be very risky to work with someone who doesn’t have the proper tools or training for the job.
Finally, best of luck keeping your home mold free!