Mold on Ceiling Tipsby Alana Morein
Last night as I was taking down old wallpaper from my kitchen walls when I noticed water damage. And then I thought, “uhh ohhh”, because where there’s water damage there’s bound to be mold on the ceiling!
So now I’m wondering, will I have to hire a contractor to get rid of the stuff or can I do it myself? Is the damage minor or is there attic mold as well? There was only one way to find out, so I went upstairs and investigated. As it turns out, the damage is minor as far as fungus is concerned. However, I will need to replace the drywall, which should be an interesting job.
Still, if the damage had been anything but minor, I would have needed to hire a black mold removal company and it wouldn’t have been cheap. You see, I live in a fairly small town and the nearest contractor is nearly 2 hours away! When hiring a contractor most people don’t take into account for travel expenses and as I learned they are necessary in some cases.
Some mold removal companies may include a specific mileage fee depending on the total distance, but most will charge a fee based on per a mile. And if they need to come out several times, those fees will add up. So to save yourself a lot of stress, you should ask the contractor about mileage fees and be sure to get it in writing if you do decide to hire them. Unfortunately even if you don’t decide to hire them, you may end up having to pay mileage fees for their initial visit.
If you have homeowner’s insurance, you may or may not be able to recover the costs. If you do have to hire a company from out of town, you may want to ask to see if they will give you a discount on services if you do decide to hire them. Another option may be to do as much of the work as you can yourself before you hire the contractor.
However, before you try to do the work yourself, it’s wise to check with your city about codes and laws. Some cities may not allow anyone other than a licensed professional to remove toxic mold from a home or business.
If you do find that you don’t need a contractor to remove the problem, then hooray! For minor problems, you may be able to apply a mold removal product to the affected area and simply wipe away. Just be sure to read the bottle directions and make sure it is one made specifically for black mold removal. Otherwise, the problem will just come right back.
If the mold on ceiling area is more than 10 square feet, please don’t attempt the project alone. Black mold is very dangerous and can cause severe lung damage and even death if it is not handled properly. Leave it up to the professionals and keep yourself and your family safe from harm!