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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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Who do you call for a mold inspection?

A professional mold inspector can help you identify the presence of mold in your home. It’s important to hire a reputable mold inspector even if you have just a few square feet of mold.

Mold remediation companies have the tools to remove mold safely from your home. Contact the best mold remediation professionals near you if you think you need a mold inspection. 

Reviews for Coon Rapids mold inspectors
Aaron N.
I'm a realtor and my Buyers needed an additional inspection inside the finished basement due to high moisture readings and the infrared camera results from their homes inspection. We needed it in a short time frame, since the inspection contingency window was quickly closing. I called around and Rainbow International of the Northern Twin Cities answered their phone right on the first call and got me to Matthew Milless (also on the same call), who was awesome. He knew exactly what kind of inspection that I needed, was friendly and listened first, and understood the nature of home inspections in real estate transactions. We scheduled the appointment for an early time (and he was patient while I got permission from the Seller first) just a day and a half out. Matthew arrived promptly at 8AM with his assistant, was polite and professional not only with my Buyers, but also with the Sellers who were there, was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. They were quick to get to work with the camera inspection of the interior wall and verified that the moisture detected was minimal and that there was no mold growth on the studs or the base of the walls (they also use a particle counter). They put everything back the way it was and left zero mess, dust, *anything*. (they took baseboards off, drilled small holes, and snaked the camera through). The whole inspection took about an hour and the price was very reasonable and affordable for my Buyers! If you are a realtor, or a Buyer of a home and need an additional inspection regarding mold, water, or any of the issues that they address, I highly recommend using Rainbow International of the Northern Twin Cities!
Rainbow International of ShoreviewRainbow International of Shoreview
Thumbtack Customer
Thank you for your prompt response in calling us and coming out to our home the next day. Ben did a mold inspection throughout the house. He was very thorough and explained everything to us. He also was very reassuring, as we were concerned with health issues. Thank you for great customer service. They get an A++.
Ultra CleanUltra Clean
Christopher L.
I have been formally asked to retract statements made about Ultra Clean as well as to promptly post them. I was sent a formal letter in the mail which i received March 8th and hand delivery at 10PM at night on March 13th with a deadline of no later than March 15th. I certify that the below statement is true and accurate and reflects my opinion as well as my experience with Ultra Clean. On February 11th I submitted a Thumbtack request for someone to come out to my home and take a look at moisture in my attic. Deborah promptly replied and I called her right away. She stated that their project manager would call me back- I specially asked to be called back on my cell phone and provided her with the number. I did not receive a call on my cell phone. When I came back into work on the 12th I had a voicemail from the project manager on my work phone. I called him back and left a voicemail- once again requesting a call back on my cell phone. On January 13th I received a call on my cell phone and set up an appointment for that afternoon. The project manager came out, set up a dehumidifier in the attic- but no other equipment as documented by photos taken at the time as well as video. On January 20th he met with our adjuster and told him what he had told us that we had a hole in our roof. This conversation is also documented on hidden audio. On January 21st they began demo of a portion of our half story. They worked for a full day- The project manager stated he would stop by to see the work and to sit down with us that evening around 4ish. He did not show up- I sent a text asking if he was still going to show up so that we could run errands and received a response stating that he would be by around 7. We rushed to run errands and I received a text at 7:17PM stating he would show up the next day at 2PM. This was the first of many missed appointments. On January 22nd at 1:42PM I received a text stating he would be an hour late On January 23rd I requested a tarp to cover the hole on our roof because snow was expected. I was assured that this would be completed- it was not. On January 24th I received a text at 8am stating that they would be there at 9am to continue work. I came home to the workers working in our kitchen and a tarp that was only taped was left covering the spot where the sheetrock was. On January 25th someone came by however, they were out of the house by noon. I sent a text to the project manager at 12:52 PM asking if I could send my mom home or if someone else would be stopping by. I received a reply at 1:57 PM- almost 2 hours after they had left our home letting me know no one else would be coming. When I came home, the tarp in the kitchen was hanging down right in front of our fridge and stove this was due to them only using tape. Pieces of ceiling started to fall onto the floor This is when I got upset. Not only had garbage been sitting on my porch for several days, there was already a missed appointment and now the tarp in our kitchen. I was reassured that someone would be by right away by Deborah and also told verbally that it was unacceptable for trash to even be sitting out for one day let alone 5. I was also reassured again that our roof would be tarped. I then paid my storm damage deductible after being reassured by the owner and the project manager that they would take care of things. I would later find out that my adjuster never authorized them to collect the deductible and that the claim was processed under the lower deductible as is procedure and then the difference between the lower and higher deductible deducted from final payment later. After paying my deductible I was told that they had to reschedule grabbing the trash or fixing the tarp in my kitchen that night. In my opinion this was deceptive- they reassured then took money. I stress again that this is my opinion based on this experience. On 2/1 a tarp was finally placed on my roof between noon and 2pm. I was billed for after hours work for this. On February 3rd I asked where things were at and was told they would know within 2 hours. On February 4th I was told there was additional delays in getting estimates. There had been very little communication up until this point and I was unaware that they were looking for bids which is why we did not receive any paper work. The project manger sent me several text messages stating that we never thought it was a hole in the roof and called me a liar. He also stated he was going to be contacting our adjuster to discuss the situation. This is the first time I used the word fraud. I fired them on the 4th- there was no response by noon as I had requested. On February 5th I allowed the owner to come into my home. She handed me a large packet of very confusing paperwork showing the work they had done to prepare us for a rebuild. She also stated that they would be able to add a bathroom into our half story within budget. The paperwork was very odd and included several photos. I did not look through the photos carefully enough, however there were photos of someone else home included in the packet near the end mixed in with photos of my own home. On February 8th I contacted them to let them know that there was ice build up in my attic- the project manager came out and installed 1 fan and one dehumidifier. The team came back into my home on February 9th and completed demo on the second half of our half story. They removed the rest of the insulation on the ceiling but did not remove the insulation from the other side of the attic. The other side of the attic was covered in wet insulation and mold. The crew left all of their tools, a fan and a dehumidifier as well as wood paneling and several bags of trash on our porch. After several missed appointments the only other stop by the project manager was to pick up the dehumidifier on February 13th. The rest of the equipment was left and stored in my home. On February 13th I was advised that the paperwork had been submitted to my insurance company to push the claim forward. I was reassured by Deborah that they call every day to make sure that the adjuster is working on it. On February 17th I received a text message from the project manager at 2 AM stating that the adjuster was not getting back to him. I promptly emailed the adjuster as soon as I got up. Around 7am I got a phone call from Deborah once again blaming the adjuster and was reassured that they were doing everything they can. The adjuster got back to me the same day, he stated that he had not heard anything from Ultra Clean. I spoke to the adjuster on the phone and he also stated that the demo completed on February 9th was never authorized by him, nor were they authorized to collect my deductible. On February 20th the paperwork still had not been submitted to my insurance companyI was told that it would be completed and Deborah stated she sent to the adjuster. I had another company come out on February 20th who confirmed the presence of mold still in our half story through visual inspection. I brought this up and Ultra Clean requested an independent test with a home inspector that they work with on a regular basis. They also scheduled a trash pick up for the trash that had been sitting there since February 9th. I took a photograph- told them we would not be home (even though we were) and waited for them to show up. I was told that the project manger stopped by to pick up the trash. He didn’t we were there and I sent two photographs the one I took earlier in the day and one I took right away. He came back at 9:30pm and picked up only the bags leaving the wood paneling. On February 21st I received a copy of the bill. The bill stated that we contacted them on January 9th and that our claim was for a frozen burst pipe. The bill included charges for work not completed, as well as photographs of someone else home. This paperwork was submitted to my insurance company. I promptly emailed them as soon as I saw it and advised them that the claim was fraudulent and it was in my opinion. After back and forth with another employee about 2k was removed from the bill. We also schedule a pick up of their equipment on the curb because I did not want them in my home any longer. On February 22nd they sent out their independent inspector to test for mold. He took an air sample inside and one outside- there were no surface tests. His tests came back on February 23rd showing the mold was at safe levels- which was impossible and there was clearly an error with his testing. On February 23rd I received another copy of the bill still claiming we had a burst pipe, included photos of a home that wasn't mine and still charges for work/equipment that was not completed or in my home. At this point I gave up and asked my insurance to investigate. I hired my own independent home inspector to figure out the actual problem with my home to make sure I had a valid insurance claim- I personally and in my opinion did not trust ultra clean. The inspector I hired confirmed biological growth. My adjuster also came out to the home and confirmed again that the demo from 2/9 was not authorized and that they were not authorized to collect my deductible In response to this confirmation I hired Mold inspection and testing- which is an independent testing firm that does not do any sort of mitigation work- they only perform tests. I after 5 samples including 1 control, 3 air samples and a surface sample his tests confirmed over 30k mold spores in our half story. Properly mitigated mold does not grow back in a few days- so it was impossible that the air samples taken by the inspector that Ultra Clean paid for were correct and this was confirmed by my independent tester as well as my new company, my insurance adjuster and the home inspector I hired. Overall, I would not hire and am glad I have photos, video and audio. Ultra Clean made a stressful situation even more stressful.
Ultra CleanUltra Clean
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