why you shouldn't attempt restoration repairs yourself

Home damage is caused by many different sources. It could be from a fire, flood, moisture, insects or severe weather; but no matter the cause, restoration work will need to be completed. So, how do you know that the house is going to be livable again after such damage is sustained? Finding a reliable and professional restoration company to do the work for you is really the only course of action that you can take. When damage is this extensive, it is nearly impossible to be sure that doing the repairs yourself will take care of the damage the right way. Visit my blog to find out what you could miss if you attempt to make these repairs on your own.

Things Mold Testing Can Tell You That Your Eyes Can't

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Seeing mold anywhere in your home may cause you to panic. After all, you know that some types of mold can be lethal. However, most types of mold look very similar, making it very difficult to tell if you have the lethal kind or the messy kind just by looking at them. For that reason, you may want to hire a repair and restoration contractor to test the mold in your home. Here are three things that the mold testing can tell you that your eyes cannot.

The Mold Variety

Green mold, black mold, yellow mold, red mold—color does not say much about the mold beyond what organic material is feeding its growth. In fact, black mold alone has several varieties, including the deadly kind and the kinds that just hang out under your sink. Testing the mold tells you its variety and whether or not you need to vacate your home.

The Means by Which It Spreads

Some molds can only breed and move when they are dry spores. Others will only grow when it is very wet, while others need a lot of heat and humidity. Mold tests look for the method in which the spores reproduce and spread. Then you and the restoration contractor can figure out how to stop it and take away the mold's preferred environment and food source. This eliminates any chances of the same mold growing back in the same place in the future.

Whether or Not the Strain Is Virulent/Resistant

Mold, like bacteria and viruses, can be quite virulent and/or resistant to the means of killing it. Sure, you could just have the type of mold that dies instantly with a little bleach, but you could also have mold that flat out refuses to die regardless of what chemical is used to clean it. While most of the mold testing can be done "in the field" if the contractor has all of the right testing equipment with him or her, testing for virulency and resistant-to-kill properties should be done in a lab where the spores can be contained and controlled during these particular tests.

To test the various patches of mold in your home, you may be charged anywhere from $150 to $3,000, depending on where you live and what company conducts the tests. Considering the peace of mind that these tests offer, you may just decide that any cost is worth that. Ask your contractor what the going rate is in your area.

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27 February 2017