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The Complete Resource Guide for Mold Removal

It is always better to prevent mold from growing than have to figure out how to get rid of it but that isn’t always possible.  There is a ton of information available on the internet about mold and how it can negatively affect your health.

There are many different types of mold, the most dangerous being toxic molds.  It is important to note that even the non-toxic varieties can cause problems. This is especially true for the elderly, young children, and people that have asthma or compromised immune systems.

Once mold has been found it is very important that it is removed safely and as quickly as possible.  The term ‘black mold’ is often used to describe a common type of toxic mold that appears black. Be aware that toxic mold can appear in other colors as well, so don’t assume it is non-toxic simply because it is not black.

We have put together this helpful mold removal resource guide for you so you can safely identify, remove and prevent mold from becoming a health problem. The links below will cover everything from the basics of mold to what you should do if you find you’ve been exposed to mold.

Mold Basic Resources

Below are some links to basic information about types of mold, what mold is, the health effects it can have on people and animals and other information that will introduce you to this common but serious problem.

A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your HomeA brief explanation of why mold grows in the home and what to watch out for health-wise.

Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings GuideMold can be found in schools and commercial buildings as easily as it can be found in homes. 

Ten Things You Should Know about MoldSome important things to know about this potentially dangerous problem.

Remove Mold Guide –  Learn about the different types of molds, how to detect them, the prevalence of mold and how it spreads.

Your Classification Guide to Common Mold TypesInformation about the kind of mold found in different areas of your home or business

The Invisible Toxin With Life-Threatening Outcomes – Be WatchfulMold isn’t only harmful to people it can be toxic to your pets too.

Mold 101: Effects on Human HealthThere are many different health problems that can arise by being exposed to mold. This informative article gives insight into what types of health problems can occur.

Mold Remediation GuidelinesA thorough guide on mold from what it is to how to safely remove it.

CDC Mold Resource Links – A collection of helpful links regarding mold including health-related issues.

Mold Testing Resources

One of the most reliable methods of detecting mold is to test for it. You can hire professionals to do this task for you or do it yourself by using kits and sending the samples off to a professional lab for the results.  Below are some links to some high quality and reputable test kits as well as other links that will give you more information about testing for mold so you know when, how, and why you should test.

Mold Testing Thorough information testing for mold including testing in different environments, when to test and what to look for to know if you SHOULD test.

Testing for Mold: Scam or Worth It?How do you know if you are getting accurate information whether you have hired someone to test the mold or you are using a mold testing kit?

MOLDetect® 3 Sample Mold Test Kit and Lab Analysis  – A high-quality mold testing kit that provides a three sample mold test kit with full lab analysis.

DIY Mold Testing Kit Another quality “do it yourself” mold testing kit that offers a three sample test kit and complete analysis. 

Professional Mold Testers for Your Area – If you want to see what professional mold testers are in your area before tackling the job yourself fill out this form with your zip and see what is available.

10 Questions To Ask A Mold Testing Company Before You Hire ThemWant to hire a professional mold testing company? Here are ten important questions to ask before hiring them.

Mold Advice for Travelers

Going away on vacation or for business?  Here is some good advice on how to prevent mold while traveling.

Mold-Free Travel: Packing and Getting Your Immune System Ready (part 1) – Excellent tips that will help you get ready for your trip while taking precautions to avoid mold problems. 

Mold-Free Travel: Tools and Tips for Hotel Stays (part 2)Staying in some hotels can feel like a real test of survival.  Here are some great tips for what to watch out for when staying in the hotel on your trip.

How to Prevent Mold While TravellingSome great tips to help you avoid and prevent mold during your trip.

Mold Advice for Renters

Renting a home or apartment can be a great experience if you have an attentive landlord but this isn’t always the case. These resources educate renters on their rights and what should be done if mold is found in their home.

Mold in Rentals: Landlord Liability, Responsibility, and PreventionResources that educate you on what your Landlord’s liability and responsibility is if mold is present in their rental homes.

Mold in Your Apartment Rental: Who is Liable?A great resource that explains what responsibilities the tenant has and the landlord has.

Mold Advice for Homeowners

Being a homeowner or buying a home comes with a lot of responsibility.  Here are some resources for the homeowner or new home buyer.

Mold: Is It Hiding in the Home You’re Buying?Most people get a home inspection before they purchase a home but what about a mold inspection?  Here is some helpful information and resources on why testing for mold in a house you are considering purchasing is important.

6 Signs of Mold in Your Home – Does your home have mold in it?  This resource will show you where mold can be hiding.

A Homeowner’s Complete Guide to Performing Mold RemediationAn excellent resource to have on any homeowner’s bookshelf.

Home Insurance and Mold: Is Mold Covered?Insurance coverage against mold can be very beneficial especially if you live in a moist climate.  This link provides information for homeowners on the coverage that is possible and what to look for when getting mold insurance.

What to Wear When Cleaning and Removing Mold

When removing mold it is extremely important that the right clothing be worn and the right safety precautions be taken.  The resources below provide information on what you should have on before you start cleaning and/or removing mold.

Protective Clothing for Mold Removal and RemediationKnowing how to protect your skin from mold exposure is very important.  This link will give you a list of what to wear depending on the area you are working in.

Personal Protection When Removing MoldThe right protective gear and safety masks will keep you safe while you are removing mold. This link gives you information about exactly what you need to have on hand and be wearing before you start.

Personal Protective Equipment For Mold RemovalInformation about gloves, masks, and other important information needed for mold removal.

Mold Cleanup after Disasters

There are several natural disasters that can cause mold to develop, sometimes very quickly. The resources below will give you great information on what to do after your home or apartment has been hit by these disasters.

Mold After a Disaster – Information on dealing with natural disasters like tornadoes, floods, and more and how to deal with mold that can grow after these disasters happen.

Homeowner’s and Renter’s Guide to Mold Cleanup after Disasters – Learn what to do for your home after a disaster to clean up mold, whether you are a renter or a home owner.

Natural Floods

Dealing with Mold Problems after a Flood  Learn about the steps that need to be taken after a flood to take care of and get rid of mold.

Resources for Flood Cleanup and MoldResources from the EPA on cleaning up mold after a flood.

Mold and Mildew in Your Flood Damaged Home – An in-depth resource from FEMA on finding, removing, and preventing mold and what to watch out for.  Lots of great information here.

Sewage Disaster

Best Ways to Handle Sewage CleanupCleaning up properly after a sewage disaster can prevent mold from growing and making the problem even worse. This link shows you what to do.

What To Do After Sewage BackupDealing with a sewage disaster and worried about mold?  Here is exactly what you need to do to identify it, deal with it, and prevent it if it hasn’t occurred yet.

 

What to Do When Exposed to Toxic Mold

Exposure to toxic mold is nothing to take lightly. How do you know if you have been exposed? What are the symptoms and warning signs to look out for?  The links below will provide you with the information you need.

Surviving Toxic Mold On this site you’ll find a lot of information on what to do if you have been exposed to toxic mold.  

Mold: The Common Toxin That Can Be More Damaging than Pesticides  – Excellent information on mold and the dangers it can pose to the human body and mind.

How to Identify Hidden Mold Toxicity (and What to Do about It)Mold isn’t always visible and it can be causing problems long before you know it’s there.

12 Common Types of Mold in Homes – This link provides information on 12 common types of mold as well as health issues that can arise with exposure to these molds. 

Mold Prevention Strategy

The best plan is to do the things necessary to stop mold before it starts.  While this is not always possible, if you start early enough, before there are problems, you have an excellent chance of heading mold off at the pass. The resources below provide tips and strategies for preventing mold.

How To Prevent Mold In The HomeThe best way to deal with mold is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. This link provides information on how to prevent mold and the steps you can take to keep your home mold free.

How to Prevent MoldOne of the best ways to prevent mold is to prevent moisture. This informative link provides methods of reducing and/or preventing moisture which leads to mold.

How to prevent mold: 9 tips9 solid tips on how to prevent mold from starting in your home.  Starting early is the key although you can still use these tips after you have had to remove mold so it doesn’t come back.

GermGuardian AC4825 3-in-1 Air PurifierTrue HEPA Filter captures 99.97% of dust and allergens and is used to pull spores out of the air including mold spores for improved air quality.

TaoTronics Cool Mist HumidifierA high quality, popular, cool mist humidifier for the home that combats mildew.

Ivation 70 Pint Energy Star DehumidifierThis large capacity dehumidifier is the perfect choice for removing excess moisture in your basement or other damp room to combat the growth of mold and mildew.

How to Choose the Right Mold Removable Professional

If you have decided to hire a professional to take care of the mold removal process you want to be sure you have the right one, but how? What questions do you ask? What certifications do you look for?  The links below will help steer you in the right direction.

Choosing a Mold Removal ServiceLearn about what to look for when screening mold removal services. 

How Much Does Professional Mold Removal Cost?This link will provide you with information on what to look for in an inspector and mold removal specialist. Whenever you need to hire a professional it is best to know what to look for and what to watch out for. This link will shed some light on the hiring process.

MOLD REMEDIATION COMPANIES – Choosing the Right One – Good information on mold remediation companies and how to find the perfect one for your needs.

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Mold Remediation CompanyDo you know what to ask when you are looking for the right mold removal service?  Here are some important questions to ask any service you are thinking of hiring to remove the mold from your home or business.

Teaching Children about Mold

It is important to teach your children about mold for many reasons.  They could be the ones who spot it and if they have no idea what it is could expose them to potential harm.  The links in this section offer fun and interesting ways to teach your kids about mold so they understand how it happens and what they need to do if they see any in their surroundings.

Hold the MoldA fun lesson from the EPA for kids of all ages. Includes experiments, directions, and facts about mold.

Molds at School –  Excellent information from Healthyschools.org on mold in the schools and what to do about it.

Mold contamination in schools and health effects on children – A resource from Canada on the dangers of mold along with symptoms of mold-related allergies and health issues.

Where to Look for Mold

Although mold can show up anywhere in your home or a commercial building there are certain places and areas more prone to mold than others. These resources give you tips on where to look for mold, some of which you may not have thought of.

6 Unexpected Places Mold Can Hide in Your HomeUse this helpful list to check out those unexpected places that mold can hide.

Where to Look for Hidden MoldThis article will give many valuable suggestions on where to find hidden mold in buildings that are often overlooked.

How To Find Mold In Your HomeIt’s easy to overlook mold growth in your home if you’re not paying attention. Here is some information on what to look for when you check your home for mold including signs that can indicate there is a moisture problem.

Mold Inspection and Remediation (Removal) Courses and Certifications

Micro –  Want to learn how to be a mold inspector or mold remediation specialist? This site will be a help to you.

OSHA Mold Prevention and Mold Remediation Training Course – a course offered by OSHA to keep employees up to date on the required certifications and training.

Mold Remediation Courses – Courses offered in mold remediation all over the country. This large list includes cost, status, time and dates offered as well as the city and state they are offered in