DIY vs. Professional Mold Remediation

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DIY vs. Professional Mold Remediation

From adding grease to a squeaky door hinge to repainting cracking window panes, there are many home improvement projects that are safe to take on yourself. Amazing tools like YouTube and helpful blogs have made DIY the name of the game. However, most DIY projects are safe and do not pose a health risk to you and your family. When it comes to mold, we advise you to consult with a professional before you attempt any DIY clean up or mold removal.

While we never advise that you handle cases of mold remediation yourself, there are certain situations where it may be safe. If the mold seems to be located on tile or grout (for example, on shower tiles), it is generally safe to handle it yourself using the correct safety precautions. On the other hand, if you can see mold on your walls, we advise you to call a professional restoration company. Mold on porous surfaces such as walls, hardwood floors, ceilings, indicate a good chance of mold growth behind the walls.  Mold gives us a signal that the area is retaining moisture. To perform proper mold remediation to your walls or ceilings, you must first treat the source of the moisture so that the problem does not reoccur. It’s important that you know the difference between DIY and professional mold remediation circumstances. Also, if you’ve previously tried to clean mold in your home but have experienced a resurgence of growth, it’s time to call a professional restoration company.

At Bright Restoration, we utilize industrial grade air movers and specialized air quality testing equipment. If you absolutely must attempt to handle the remediation yourself, you may be able to rent the equipment you need. We recommend getting a professional mold inspection before attempting DIY mold removal. Specialists will be able to determine the type of mold growth you’re experiencing, locate the source of the moisture and recommend a course of action. Once you have all these facts, you can make an informed decision about whether to hire a professional or purchase the necessary mold removal products.

It should also be stated that most DIY projects take time, since you’re normally fitting it around your schedule, on weekends etc. and that mold remediation should be considered an emergency and addressed with great urgency. Although some kinds of mold are unappealing but relatively harmless, others can quickly make your family sick. While DIY is a great option for home improvements that can happen over a period of days or weeks, mold remediation should happen quickly and be performed by professionals who can investigate the depth of the problem.

Emergency Tips

If you’re dealing with water damage, you may feel the need to take immediate action. It’s important to educate yourself on water damage to avoid worsening the situation. Review these basic tips on what you can do right now to protect yourself as well as your clothing, furniture, and belongings.

Our Work Process

Water damage can be quite an unsettling experience for you and your family, which is why we are committed to honest communication and transparency. From the first contact to water extraction to drying we’ve customized our process to meet your needs and restore your home.

Claims & Insurance

Water damage is difficult to deal with, even without the pressure of filing an insurance claim. We have over a decade of experience working with claims and insurance companies, and we’ll become your trusted partner, helping you to navigate the process with your insurance company.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your water damage restoration cost is completely dependent on the severity of the damage. The final price tag will be determined by a variety of factors such as: cost of cleaning, the size of the damaged area, the type of water causing the damage, the cost of labor and restoration materials. The national average water damage restoration cost is $2,580. Of course, your restoration may cost as little as $1,000 or in excess of $8,000. To put these prices in perspective, drywall that was damaged with category 1 water could cost around $2,000 to repair. By contrast, a basement flooded with category 3 water, also known as black water, may cost $7,000 to repair. The only way to get an exact cost estimate is to reach out to a water damage restoration professional who will inspect the property. Visit our costs page for a more detailed explanation.

From your walls, to ceilings, to underneath wet flooring, water stains are a common problem for homeowners. To help you locate your water damage, we’ve put together a list of common water damage locations.

If you’ve recently experienced water damage or even minor flooding, you should be on the lookout for mold. Any situation that creates moisture, such as spills underneath the refrigerator, leaks under sinks, and damp basements will create the ideal environment for growth. Learn more about common mold growth areas by visiting our page on the subject.

What Our Clients Say

“Michael dealt with our insurance company for us and got them to pay us for the entire project including the repairs! which saved us a huge headache! We were truly blown away by his level of professionalism. Water damage restoration in Los Angeles is a stressful process, but this team made sure that we were happy with the process every step of the way. So pleased with the work!”


“With the storm that hit LA recently, part of our ceiling in the living room caved in and unleashed all kinds of havoc. We were recommended Bright Restoration by a friends and we weren’t disappointed. From the moment these guys came to our home, we could tell they were experienced and professional. We felt safe in their hands every step of the process and you will too. Thanks, guys!”


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