Black Mold Cleanup: DIY or Leave It to the Pros?

October 1, 2021by EastCoastMold

Updated January 2024

Comfortable family in homeLiving in Maryland, you’re no stranger to the challenges that moisture presents to your home, especially mold. In fact, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates that 47% of U.S. residential buildings contain visible mold or mold odor. And while the temptation to tackle your mold problem with a DIY approach may be strong, especially in older Maryland homes, it’s essential to understand the serious health risks that may be involved, particularly when the affected areas contain black mold. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the dangers of DIY black mold removal and explore when it’s time to call in the mold remediation professionals.

Demystifying the Danger

Black mold, a type of mold scientifically known as Stachybotrys chartarum, thrives on common household materials like drywall, insulation, subflooring, or carpet that have been exposed to moisture. The health risks associated with black mold are not to be taken lightly. Chronic coughing, sneezing, fatigue, irritation to the eyes and mucous membranes, and persistent headaches are common symptoms. (Check out the HGTV article Black Mold Symptoms and Health Effects.) While many of us may not suffer the extreme effects of black mold exposure, vulnerable populations, including children, those with existing health issues, and the elderly, may face these symptoms and in rare cases experience more severe consequences from prolonged exposure, including nausea, vomiting, and bleeding from the nose and lungs.

DIY Dilemma

With these symptoms in mind, while the DIY spirit is commendable, attempting black mold removal without professional expertise is a risky endeavor. The limitations of DIY methods become apparent when you’re faced with the challenges of effectively identifying, containing, and removing black mold. Without specialized equipment and training, you may inadvertently spread mold spores, exacerbating the problem, and putting the health of you and your loved ones at risk.
Safety First

The importance of safety when dealing with black mold cannot be overstated. Donning proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilation are essential to minimize the risk of exposure and contamination to mold spores. At East Coast Mold Remediation, we ensure all proper safety precautions are taken during every cleanup project to prevent mold exposure and possible black mold poisoning. Our remediation team suits up with respirators, gloves, and long sleeves to avoid inhaling the mold or touching it with our bare skin. If you’re unsure if the mold in your home is black mold, it’s important to take the proper steps to find out by contacting mold remediation professionals.

Calling in the Pros

Worker examining the area beneath home flooring.

While you may choose to personally take care of small, random patches of mold in your home, but professional black mold remediation services become a necessity when you’re facing extensive mold growth (where the affected areas are greater than ten square feet), porous materials are affected, and/or there’s underlying water damage requiring repair.

At East Coast Mold Remediation, we offer specialized mold remediation in Baltimore, MD and the surrounding communities, utilizing our expertise, equipment, and knowledge of the remediation process to assess, contain, and safely remove the black mold from your home.

We start with the testing of your mold samples by a third-party hygienist, then conduct a detailed remediation process that involves:

  • Sealing off all affected areas with plastic
  • Removing the top layer of mold
  • Applying commercial black mold removal products
  • Thoroughly and safely disposing of all cleaning materials

This process can be difficult and requires patience, but the peace of mind provided by professional intervention is invaluable, ensuring the safety of your home or business.

East Coast Mold Remediation Services in Baltimore and Maryland

When it comes to mold, it’s wise to prioritize your health and seek professional help for black mold removal. With frequent rain and high humidity, the presence of mold is common in Maryland. But don’t be fooled that only old, damaged homes contain mold. While many older Baltimore buildings do suffer from frequent conditions that lead to mold, new homes are also susceptible to mold growth.

Remember, prevention and moisture control are key – address moisture problems, fix leaky pipes, and improve ventilation to prevent black mold and thwart the growth of this silent menace in your home. The cost of professional remediation is a small price to pay for the peace of mind it brings, knowing your home is black mold-free and safe for you and your family. Contact us today for the best in residential black mold remediation services.

Still have more questions about black mold and remediation? Check out our “Homeowners Black Mold FAQs” and “Remediation FAQs” pages for valuable information.


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