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October 2, 2023

We love a good weekend DIY project! YouTube and TikTok are rife with inspiration and step-by step tutorials, and most of the time we are here for it. But when it comes to mold? Hard pass. Sure, the DIY approach may seem like a good way to save a penny, but DIY mold removal can and will do more harm than good. Mold removal is always a job for professionals.

Here’s why:

Mold persists. Once spotted, it can become a serious problem in homes and businesses (if it hasn’t already). Its presence not only poses health risks but can also cause structural damage to your property. When faced with a mold issue, some may look at the problem and think it’s something they can tackle. And cleaning mold gets you right up close and personal with those pesky, persistent spores. Let’s explore the dangers of DIY mold removal and why professional expertise from services like On The Spot Cleaners is crucial.

The Hidden Danger of Mold

Mold Health Hazards

Mold spores can cause various health issues, including allergies, respiratory problems, and skin irritation. Attempting to remove mold without proper precautions and PPE will directly expose you to these health hazards. Too much exposure can cause long-term health issues. So how much is too much? New York State requires an affected area of 10 sq. ft. to be handled by a licensed mold remediation company. But what if the visible mold covers less than 10 sq. ft? The thing about mold is that what is visible is not the full extent of it.

Structural Damage

Mold can weaken the structural integrity of your property over time, eating away at drywall, wooden beams, and other building materials and leading to costly repairs. A thorough professional assessment can identify the extent of the damage and lead to effective removal and remediation to prevent further deterioration.

The Risks of DIY Mold Removal

Inadequate Mold Removal

DIY methods often fail to completely eradicate mold. The visible mold you see is just the tip of the iceberg. And remember how we said mold persists? Mold spores love to continue populating and if there is hidden mold, the pores will spread and just keep coming back. Professionals have the tools and expertise to locate and eradicate any hidden mold and provide recommendations for preventing it from coming back.

Increased Air Spread

Improper handling of mold can release spores into the air, increasing the risk of health problems. Licensed professionals use containment measures to prevent spore dispersal.

Lack of Protective Gear

When cleaning, especially without the right containment methods, mold spores can and will get onto your clothing, embed into your hair and skin, and make their way into your lungs. Professionals wear industry-recommended protective gear, including specialized respirators, eye protection, and suits to minimize exposure. In some cases, we’re talking HAZMAT suits.

Why Professional Expertise Is So Important

Proper Assessment

Using specialized tools and certified skills and knowledge, professionals conduct a thorough assessment to determine the type and extent of mold infestation. This assessment informs the appropriate removal strategy.

Safer Removal

Professionals use industry-approved techniques and chemicals for safe mold removal. They also follow strict safety protocols.

Preventing Regrowth

Professionals identify the root causes of mold growth, such as leaks or moisture issues, and address them to prevent regrowth.

On The Spot Cleaners: Your Mold Removal Experts

Extensive Experience

On The Spot Cleaners has decades of experience in mold removal. Our experts are licensed and trained to handle mold issues of all types and sizes.

Cutting-Edge Technology

We use state-of-the-art equipment and technology to detect and eliminate mold effectively.

Preventative Measures

Our services go beyond removal; we take steps to ensure mold won't return. While DIY projects can be fulfilling, mold removal is a task best left to professionals. The dangers of DIY mold removal, including health risks and inadequate removal, outweigh the perceived cost savings. On The Spot Cleaners offers the expertise and technology needed to ensure thorough and safe mold removal, protecting your health and property. If you think you have a mold problem, it's important to contact a professional mold remediation company like On The Spot Cleaners. Mold can cause serious health problems, and it can spread quickly if not properly removed. We will assess the extent of your mold problem and develop a plan to safely and effectively remove the mold. We use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to ensure that your property is thoroughly cleaned.

We also clean, sanitize, and demolish as necessary to eliminate existing mold and prevent the spread. We are licensed by the state of New York and have years of experience in mold removal and remediation. We will work with you to ensure that your property is safe. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.


Can I use bleach to remove mold myself?

Bleach is not recommended for mold removal as it may not eliminate the problem entirely, and it can release harmful fumes. Professionals use specialized mold removal agents.

How do I know if I have a mold problem in my home?

Signs of mold include a musty odor, visible growth, and health symptoms like allergies or respiratory issues. A professional mold inspection can provide a definitive answer.

How long does professional mold removal take?

The duration depends on the extent of the infestation. Smaller areas may be resolved in a day, while larger infestations may take longer.

Does homeowners' insurance cover mold removal?

It depends on your policy and the cause of the mold. Some policies cover mold removal resulting from covered events, such as water damage from a burst pipe. Check with your insurance provider for details.