Whether you hire a contractor or do-it-yourself, when it comes to mold, there are a few things you should consider when tackling your home renovation project. It’s extremely common during a renovation to discover that you have a mold problem. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of what steps should be taken to protect your health, your home and your renovation investment. Many people choose to ignore the issue which unfortunately can cost you more money in the long run.
Before you start
- Do you suspect you have mold?
- If you do, enlist the services of a certified mold professional to perform a moisture and mold inspection before you begin your renovation.
- If mold is found, be sure to obtain a root cause assessment identifying why the mold is there in the first place.
- Make sure the mold is properly remediated by a certified mold remediation expert before you start your renovation.
- Plan to resolve the root cause as part of your renovation budget.
During your renovation
- If mold is encountered, “pause” your renovation.
- It’s important to have a certified mold professional perform a mold and moisture inspection to determine the size and scope of the problem, and to identify the mold source.
- Improper removal and treatment of mold during the renovation project can actually cause cross contamination of mold in your home and leave you with a larger problem at the end of your renovation which can end up being more costly.
We spoke with Gregg Dalrymple of MRI-Mold.ca who says, “It’s heartbreaking when we need to perform mold remediation on a newly renovated space. In most cases we need to tear out a lot of the newly installed materials – it’s a large, unnecessary expense and completely avoidable by making one phone call earlier in the process.”
Remember, in order for mold to grow it requires high humidity levels and moisture, poor ventilation and a food source. Installing new materials will not always address a mold problem. During your renovation project, it is essential to consider the basic building blocks of your home eco system.
By properly addressing any underlying issues, you actually increase the value and longevity of your renovations.
Editor, Marika Asikainen