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Do-It-Yourself Mold Clean-up Projects

Let’s start out with some negative stories:

If you have a partner or a child who is supersensitive to mold, give extra consideration to professional mold remediation. Check with a physician, but they possibly should be out of the house during the project. Arrange for post-remediation testing, to confirm that the remediation job has been successful (at least in terms of spore counts).

General DIY guidelines:

Final words on Mold

The mold part of my environmental home inspection takes the greatest amount of time. I might be gathering tape samples while the homeowner is taking the air samples. Between the two of us, we are collecting 40 to 60 samples. If there is time at the end of the inspection, I’ll set up the microscope and will review some or all of the samples.

Many times I’ve said to homeowners that taking all these samples may be overkill, but that I’d rather take too many than too few samples. No homeowner has ever disagreed, and many have expressed appreciation for the in-depth nature of the work.

I stress the objectives of the inspection:

We covered a lot of ground in this Mold section, and now it’s time to leave for a new adventure on Indoor Air Quality! Congratulations for making it through Mold!

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