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BALTIMORE, MD, May 09, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Scouring the internet for news on mold leads to some interesting - and scary - developments. Reports link mold exposure to hay fever outbreaks, swollen eyes, skin rashes, even testicular and breast cancer. It has been suggested in one report that byproducts of mold like Aflotoxin and Ochratoxin A promote growth of cancerous cells in humans. While the jury may still be out regarding the severity of mold exposure to humans, the common idea that must be remembered is that mold exposure is dangerous. Safe mold removal and remediation must be exercised to ensure the safety and good health of families across the globe.
Mold remediation is no easy task. A Certified Environmental Hygienist recently published a report outlining ten steps for do-it-yourself mold remediation. This report claims that any property owner, manager, or tenant can complete these ten steps without the help of a mold removal specialist to achieve successful, safe mold remediation.
When these ten steps are analyzed one by one, it is safe to say to assume why this report was not entitled "Ten Easy Steps for Mold Removal." Because, frankly, it is not easy at all.
Firstly, in order to properly operate the equipment and safely handle the chemicals listed in this ten step process, one must complete extensive training to ensure their own safety and the safety of those around them. O-Zone Generators and Industrial-strength air scrubbers are complicated machines that must be operated and maintained properly in order to work effectively. Fungicides and other cleaners must be handled delicately to ensure handlers do not become poisoned.
Another major factor to be considered when thinking about tackling mold removal using DIY methods is the cost of the materials. The cost of Industrial-strength HEPA air scrubbers and an Ozone Generator alone could cost upwards of $8,000.00. Not to mention thousands more spent on fungicides, mold screening tests, respirators, goggles, gloves, coveralls, specialty trash backs, containment, and other materials. When all is said and done, the cost of equipment and materials alone for a DIY mold removal project could cost a home or business owner between $10,000.00 and $12,000.00 even before a single mold spore is killed or a generator is plugged in.
SI Restoration recently published a mold removal cost table specifically designed to aid home and business owners in choosing the right level of mold removal service for their property. This table goes into great detail, outlining the benefits and the downfalls of each level of service.
Spending $10,000 dollars on equipment and materials for safe mold removal is one thing. Ensuring those materials are utilized and maintained efficiently and safely is a completely different subject altogether. SI Restoration's Mold Removal Cost Table describes why employing IICRC Certified Technicians is so crucial to a safe mold removal project. It also explains that certain guidelines and rules have been created by the IICRC and Environmental Protection Agency, ensuring people and their pets do not return to an even more toxic environment after mold remediation has been completed.
In the end, residential home owners could spend anywhere between $1,000.00 and $10,000.00 for safe mold removal depending on the severity of the infestation. Commercial property owners could pay between $5,000.00 and $30,000.00. Of course, costs could increase due to toxicity levels and the size of the property.
Responsible mold remediation service providers offer in-depth estimates and consultations in order to give home and business owners a realistic idea on the cost of their remediation project. Using the services of independent industrial hygienists, reputable mold removal companies will require testing before and after the project, providing the property owner with realistic results free of any conflicts of interest to the job.
Researchers may still be debating the effects of mold exposure in humans. Until conclusive evidence provides a solid link to more serious illnesses like respiratory disease and cancer, home and business owners can only adopt the old adage of "it is better to be safe than sorry" in order to protect their families and their property.
For over 22 years, SI Restoration assists homes and businesses recover from Mold Removal, Hoarding Clean Up, Water Damage, Fire Damage, Suicide and Crime Scene Clean Up.
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