If you think you have mold in your home, you need to hire a qualified mold inspector who carries credentials, such as a Certified Industrial Hygienist or a Council-Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant. This qualified mold inspector will inspect your home and create a custom report that details if and where mold was found in your home.

Once you have this report, it is time to move on and work with a mold remediation company. A mold remediation company will do the actual work of getting the mold out of your home.

Thing #1: Remove Water Damaged Material

When there is mold, there is often water damage as well. These two items often go together, as mold thrives where there is moisture. The remediation company will remove all the material that was infested with mold and damaged by water. Not much material that is both mold infested and water damaged can survive. This usually involves removing material such as insulation, drywall, and carpeting.

Thing #2: Disinfect Non-Porous Materials

Mold doesn't destroy everything that it comes into contact with. With non-porous materials, or when a mold infection is caught early on, items can be cleaned and disinfected. A remediation company will know what items can be cleaned and what items need to be tossed.

How each item needs to clean can vary as well; for example, cleaning your hardwood floors would be different than saving a photo album that got mold on it. The clean-up and disinfection process is one of the most time-consuming parts of dealing with a mold infestation.

Thing #3: Remove Structural Mold

Sometimes, the mold damage is so extensive that your drywall or even the wall studs may need to be removed. Mold companies generally have structural construction experience as well and are able to safely remove studs and drywall while protecting the structural integrity of your home.

Thing #4: Clean the Air

Mold doesn't just sit on the surface of things. Mold spores float around in the air as well. That is why the air needs to be cleaned as well as the surface of items in your home. The remediation team will vacuum with a HEPA filter to remove as many mold spores as possible. They will also set up air filters to remove as many mold spores as possible. This should be an ongoing process.

A mold remediation company will remove water-damaged material, disinfect non-porous material, remove structural damage, and even clean the air. This will take some time and may require a few treatments to get your home mold-free.