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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How is a mold test done?

Mold testing can help identify a mold infestation in your home or business. The EPA explains that if you have a visible mold problem, in most cases sampling and testing is unnecessary. However, if you have unexplained and potential mold-related illness or can smell mold in your house, mold inspection costs may be a good investment.

To avoid unscrupulous testers, the EPA recommends working with a testing agency that adheres to the analytical methods laid out by professional organizations such as the American Industrial Hygiene Association or the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists

If you suspect there's mold growing in your home, contact the best mold removal experts to get it tested.

What is mold remediation and how does it work?

Mold remediation is the process of identifying and removing unhealthy levels of mold that have colonized in a home, office, school or other building. Over time, if untreated, mold can destroy a home by breaking down cellulose-based materials (like wood or ceiling tiles) and causing a slow and messy decay. In the shorter term, a mold infestation can cause severe health problems.

If mold has been positively identified in your house, either by visual examination or through mold testing, remediation can safely remove it. Properly trained and equipped professionals use specialized equipment (like vacuums and air scrubbers with HEPA filters) to keep mold spores contained while they remove contaminated materials and treat infested areas with antimicrobial spray. 

Here's an example of the steps involved in professional mold remediation:

  • Contain work area and apply negative air pressure HEPA air purifiers to prevent cross-contamination. If spores spread, the colonies can easily regrow elsewhere in your home.
  • Mist an EPA-registered antimicrobial to suspend and kill mold spores.
  • Remove affected building surfaces.
  • Bag and dispose of contaminated materials properly.
  • Treat cavities/underlayment and dehumidify.
  • Abrasively remove dead loose mold.
  • Apply EPA-registered protective sealer.
  • Perform clearance testing.
  • Remove containment materials.

A key component to a successful mold remediation after eliminating the mold is ensuring that the water source that caused the mold infestation is also resolved.

If you think there's mold in your home, contact the best mold remediation experts immediately.

How long does it take to get rid of mold in a house?

You can never completely remove mold from your house; a small number of mold spores will always exist indoors and are a natural and helpful part of our world. However, if water or moisture is left unchecked inside your home and mold begins to colonize, it can pose a serious health risk. Mold remediation can quickly and safely remove a mold infestation from your home or office. Depending on the size of your problem, mold remediation might take anywhere from one to seven days (or more) to wipe out the major sources of mold in your home.

Mold growths (colonies) can establish within 24-48 hours, so it is important to act immediately if you have a water spill or leak — especially if you live in a hot or humid climate. If you are past the point of DIY and need professional help, mold remediation teams will come to your location, assess the extent of the mold problem, identify and rectify all water leaks and sources of dampness, identify all mold sources (both visible and hidden), use specialized equipment to contain and prevent migration of mold spores, safely remove contaminated materials, treat infested areas with approved antimicrobial sprays, dehumidify and dry the appropriate areas, and seal areas as needed.

Can mold grow behind drywall?

Mold can grow behind drywall, in your attic, in the basement, under floors — mold can grow anywhere.

If your home has been exposed to excessive water due to flooding or heavy rains, if you have an old home with leaky pipes, or if you live in an area with high humidity, you need to be vigilant about mold. Mold is most easily identified by sight. You may see blooms of mold on furniture, on walls, or along the floor.

If you can spot mold, you probably don’t need to test for it and can save on mold inspection costs and direct your energies towards mold remediation. But if you’re not certain, you may need to contact a pro who can help you determine whether you have hidden mold. 

How much does it cost to get rid of mold?

Mold inspection and remediation costs will vary based on the severity of your mold infestation. But typically, the cost can range from as low as $135 to $1,592.

The total square footage of your mold damage and mold colonization, the accessibility of the areas to be treated, and any demolition and repair work required will all affect how much it costs to get rid of mold. Mold remediation crews may also have a minimum fee for services to ensure their business expenses are met even when they take on small mold jobs.

To find out how much it will cost to remove mold from your home, contact the best mold remediation experts near you.

What are the signs there's mold in your house?

First, mold tends to grow in places with high moisture. Have you had water damage recently or a leak in your home? Check these areas for visible mold growth.

Mold can appear in a variety of colors, including white, gray, brown, black or green. It may have a rough or velvety appearance, and it often grows on walls, ceilings, under floorboards, or on wood or wallpaper. Also, pay attention to the odors in your home. Mold tends to smell earthy or musty.

And lastly, keep track of your health for possible symptoms. Mold may cause asthma attacks (if you have asthma and are allergic to mold), running noses, sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, difficulty breathing, skin irritation and more.

If you think you’re experiencing mold symptoms, hire a mold remediation specialist near you and perhaps even consult your doctor.


Is mold damage covered by insurance?

Mold damage may or may not be covered by your homeowner's insurance. It may be covered by insurance when an item already covered under your homeowners insurance breaks accidentally — for example, if your plumbing suddenly ruptures and water floods your house, the homeowners insurance will cover part or all of the costs for the plumbing repair and any mold remediation costs necessary as a direct result of the water damage.

But you may not be able to get insurance to pay for your mold remediation costs if the damage is a result of your neglect — for example, if you’ve had a slow leak under your bathroom sink for years and have ignored the issue. If the insurer can determine that the mold damage is a result of your negligence, they likely won’t cover mold remediation costs.

Also, most homeowners insurance will usually not cover mold remediation costs after a flood unless you have a special insurance rider covering your home in case of a flood.

To help prevent mold damage, always keep humidity levels in your house between 30 percent and 60 percent, clean up water spills and damp areas right away, and ensure you have exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom. And as soon as you suspect there's mold in your home, contact the best mold removal experts near you.

How do you get rid of mold?

Hiring a mold remediation professional is usually the best strategy to get rid of unhealthy levels of mold in your home or office. If you’re not comfortable working with mold or the area is larger than 10 square feet (3 feet by 3 feet), it is highly recommended to hire a mold remediation professional to resolve the problem.

However, if you’re DIY-savvy, don’t have any health risks, and are not freaked out by mold, the EPA gives homeowners the greenlight to clean mold areas that are less than 10 square feet. Here are some EPA-recommended DIY cleaning tips:

  • Fix plumbing leaks and other water problems as soon as possible. Dry all items completely.
  • Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely.
  • Throw away absorbent or porous materials (like ceiling tiles and carpet) if they become moldy.
  • Avoid exposing yourself or others to mold.
  • Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces. Clean up the mold and dry the surfaces before painting. Paint applied over moldy surfaces is likely to peel.
  • If you are unsure about how to clean an item (art, fine furniture, etc.) consult a reputable specialist affiliated with a professional organization in their field.

What do professionals use to kill mold?

Some mold removal specialists may use biocide, an enzyme treatment and/or a mold inhibitor to remove mold in your home. Throughout the entire mold remediation process, professionals may also use air filtration devices, wire brushes, fans, dehumidifiers, air scrubbers, HEPA vacuums and a variety of other tools and equipment.

Contact the top mold remediation companies near you to get an idea of what the remediation will entail.

Can you get sick from mold in your house?

Yes, exposure to mold can cause a wide range of health symptoms. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, respiratory symptoms such as allergic reactions and asthma may occur due to mold in the home. Specific mold symptoms can also include sneezing, a runny nose, a rash, and throat and lung irritation.  

To protect yourself and your household, routinely inspect your home for mold. If there are signs you have a severe mold infestation, contact the best mold remediation companies near you.

Reviews for Sandy Springs mold inspectors
Christina B.
He charged $500 for a report after the mold inspection and that did not include removal. Wow
Micro Clean Restoration, LLCMicro Clean Restoration, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Mold Inspection went well. Awesome job Rick Petro. Thank you and your team more than words can say.
Georgia Home Inspection ServicesGeorgia Home Inspection Services
Chris G.
I greatly appreciated the service provided by Genesis Home Solution and their entire team. They were very responsive and courteous in all of their communication with me prior to the visit, the value for the service provided was fantastic, and the home mold inspection was very thorough and Mark answered all of my questions and was very professional during his visit. Would recommend this company to anyone for their value and professionalism alone and also their knowledge of mold inspections.
Genesis Home SolutionGenesis Home Solution
Shavonda b.
Mark arrived on time as scheduled for the mold inspection. He was very informative, and he helped resolve our mold concerns by using a mold test kit. The mold test came back negative, and he didn’t try to sell us unnecessary mold remediation services the way other companies did. He was very honest, and he provided us with many helpful maintenance tips such as using white vinegar on areas we suspect mold could develop until we repair the leaks in our basement. We appreciate Mark’s time and would definitely recommend his business to others.
Genesis Home SolutionGenesis Home Solution
Brooke H.
Mark at Genesis Home Solution was great to work with. We had some mold but didn't know how pervasive. He inspected the house to determine the extent of the damage and gave a clear diagnosis. There wasn't any extensive mold requiring treatment, and so he didn't charge for the assessment. They only charge for treatment. What a gift!
Genesis Home SolutionGenesis Home Solution
Max d.
I didnt actually get a chance to work with them because Tim responded with an honest assessment based on details I'd provided that I didn't need any mold inspection. Great professionalism!
Aristocrat Air, Inc.Aristocrat Air, Inc.
Rashi D.
Really nice to work with...very responsive, punctual and very attentive to what is needed to complete the job. We had a mold inspection done and he was very thorough in evaluating our property. Will definitely hire again when needed.
Safe home restoration, LLCSafe home restoration, LLC
Annette R.
I am very satisfied with Mark Baim and Genesis Home Solutions. From the inspection to the quote to the mold removal and remediation, Mark explained verbally and in writing what caused the problem and detailed the steps to fix it. I appreciate his professional and promptness
Genesis Home SolutionGenesis Home Solution
Nancy Y.
Mark arrived for an inspection of the problem area and quickly identified the issue to be a broken exhaust fan. Since this was out of his hands, he ended up giving us a free diagnosis without any trip charge. Will hire for future mold problems!
Genesis Home SolutionGenesis Home Solution
Kelli D.
Marc is a knowledgeable professional who showed up promptly and inspected my slight mold issue and not only assesed the issue but offered up a cost effective solution. Another contractor, upon hearing this could potentially be an insurance claim offered up a bloated estimate. This contractor is a keeper.
Genesis Home SolutionGenesis Home Solution
Thumbtack Customer
Rick Petro provided us with a response via Thumbtack within 5 minutes and came to our home the very same day to conduct a thorough inspection. He provided his professional credentials / certifications and was a wealth of knowledge concerning mold issues and causes. He also provided us with a same day quote of remediation costs and guaranteed his work. He quote was also cost-conscientious and very reasonable. Would highly recommend him to anyone in need of cost-effective, timely and thorough mold remediation.
Georgia Home Inspection ServicesGeorgia Home Inspection Services
Briana B.
I enjoyed the flexibility to work around my schedule for the consultation. Although it took a few days longer than planned, Brandon’s thorough inspection of the house and knowledge about mold was very helpful in identifying next steps for service. I look forward to hiring new image restoration for the recommended service soon.
Amine C.
Mark was very helpful, he quickly arrived and inspected the mold problem I had in my crawl space. Not only that, for a cheaper temporary solution he sent me an entire document with detailed steps on how I can treat the problem myself. Really appreciate the help he provided and the knowledge sharing. Highly recommend!
Genesis Home SolutionGenesis Home Solution
Sheresa D.
I am a real estate agent and needed a mold inspection for a home my buyer client was under contract to purchase. Kason was able to come out on short notice the next day. He was on time, professional, and provided a thorough explanation of problem areas in the home. He ultimately saved my client from making a costly mistake.
Safe home restoration, LLCSafe home restoration, LLC
Matthew B.
Mark is world class, the world could use more of his type professionalism and punctuality! He has a great demeanor and is so personable. He helped me to get a good grasp of why my home smells the way it does and how to fix it for an affordable cost. He didn't try to scare me or up-sale me on things I don't need which I appreciate. Mark went the extra mile with the mold inspection he did on my home at no charge. I would recommend him 100%.
Genesis Home SolutionGenesis Home Solution
Eartha W.
Brandon and team did an excellent job. I had an end to my due diligence period in only three days, and was blindsided by a mold discovery during inspection for the sale of my home. I posted a request for mold remediation estimates, and Brandon came out on the very same day, was flexible, extremely patient, and explained the entire process - which was several steps. While Square Soft did not come in with the lowest estimate, we chose this company because of Brandon's professionalism, my trust in his ability to get the job done right, and his willingness to have a team come out and do the work on the *next day*, when we were in a terrible pinch! Brandon and Team showed up when promised and got rid of a frightening amount of mold that had been growing without my knowledge in the crawl space. They took their time, were thorough in the job, and did not skimp on either time or materials. In addition, the team was polite, pleasant, and considerate, much like Brandon. Brandon and crew applied special solution, scrubbed, fogged the crawlspace and inside the home, and cleaned HVAC vent areas to kill, remove, and prevent any reintroduction of mold. They did some other some other stuff too, but I'm not an expert. It certainly was a THOROUGH JOB! The result was a crawl space that was scrubbed clean and looked brand new. All of the wood beams are clean, the crawl space smells fresh and dry, and the buyers agreed to move forward! I can't say enough about Square Soft - I have absolutely no idea what I would have done without them. They saved my deal with high quality work, and I'm so glad we found them here on thumbtack.
Square Soft RestorationSquare Soft Restoration
Kelly F.
I had Mike Dixon come out to do a mold inspection (one of a few estimates I got for the job). He was nothing but respectful of my time, my actual needs and my home - three things that I did not find in most of the other contractors I looked at. He was super communicative (via text and in person, which was a requirement of mine), did a full inspection of my house to see if there were any other issues that could be causing the problem. And he didn't find a ton of things wrong despite it being a 98 year old house - I expected him to act like a typical contractor and find 19 things wrong that all had an insane costs associated with them. He just made gentle and, again, respectful suggestions of things I might want to take care of at some point. I felt in no way pressured to make any decisions right that second, and he was clear that he would work up fully-broken down set of estimates within a few days. And he did a great job cleaning up the mold for less than other quotes (and I don't always hire the cheapest out there), recognizing that in the land of contracting, doing a good low cost, thorough job in the short term gets you more business in the long term. As a former small business owner, I have a great deal of respect for anyone who understands that basic tenant of good business. I look forward to working with him again in the future on other projects!
D1 Construction ServicesD1 Construction Services
Thumbtack Customer
When my northeast Atlanta home finally went under contract after 5 long months on the market, I breathed a sigh of relief, only to have an inspection report questioning the presence of mold in the crawlspace. I was so discouraged over this, thinking that this news was a dealbreaker. Rick Petro came to my rescue, and I am so fortunate to have found him on Thumbtack. His credentials as a general contractor and master home inspector were impressive right off the bat. Rick's ethical common sense approach to evaluation, treatment, and prevention is truly refreshing. Out of all the contractors who gave me proposals, Rick is the only one who actually looked for the source of moisture which led to the mold. That, along with his professionalism, availability, extremely reasonable pricing, and 2 year transferable warranty, is why I went with his company. Rick gave me a proposal on Thursday, and by Tuesday, the work was completed. He went the extra mile in terms of explaining the scope of the remediation to the buyers themselves, something which I really appreciated. He really helped save my contract. I highly recommend consulting with Rick prior to going with any other company!
Georgia Home Inspection ServicesGeorgia Home Inspection Services
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