Mold is a disgusting, nasty and unwanted fungus that loves to make an appearance after a tragedy. We typically associate mold with floods and leaks, but mold oftentimes also shows up after a fire. It makes sense if you think about it. What do firefighters use to extinguish fires? WATER! And what can boatloads of water running through your home lead to? MOLD!
While there are ways to manually reduce mold levels and even get rid of some mold, the only tried, true and surefire way to completely rid your home of mold is through professional mold remediation. Relying on anything else would be tantamount to playing Russian Roulette.
Benefits Of Professional Mold Remediation
Before we get into the costs of mold removal, we want to remind you of the many benefits of hiring mold remediation specialists to do it for you.
- Bonding/Licensing: Professional remediation specialists only become specialists as per the hard work they put into getting trained. This training involves learning everything there is to know about mold. Simply put, they know what they are doing.
- Protective Gear: Professionals also possess the protective gear needed to keep themselves safe while dealing with mold. This equipment includes respirator masks, goggles, gloves, boots and coveralls.
- Industry Equipment: Professionals also have access to the industry-grade equipment needed to not only properly remove mold, but also safely store it. Such equipment includes commercial-grade HEPA filters and HEPA filter vacuums.
- Disposal Practices: You cannot simply toss mold into a garbage can and call it a day, unless you like to get in trouble. The Environmental Protection Agency set in place a bevy of rules pertaining to how mold must be handled.
- Insurance Protection: All professional remediation specialists carry insurance by law. This insurance does more than just protect them. It also protects you and your property in case any mistakes or problems surface.
While it is possible to remove small quantities of mold by yourself, we always recommend you speak with a professional regardless. It’s simply the better option.
Mold Removal Processes
To understand the costs associated with mold removal, you need to understand the processes involved. It is these processes that will make up the bulk of your costs.
First and foremost, the specialists will inspect and test every portion of your home, i.e., walls, attics, crawlspaces, cupboards and more. The good news is that the inspection is almost always provided for free. Everything after this, however, costs money.
Remediation will make up the bulk of the costs. Not only must you pay for the work done, but you must also pay labor costs. Plus, you will also be responsible for paying some variable fee for the equipment required.
- Wet Vacuum: Specialists sometimes use wet vacuum cleaners to remove water buildup from carpet and wood. This might be required if, for instance, your home got flooded and there’s still a lot of water within the carpet.
- Wipes: Specialists sometimes use special detergent-laden wipes to remove mold from the surface of objects like appliances (microwaves, fridges, stoves), books, computer keyboards, televisions and whatnot.
- HEPA vacuums: Specialists rely on commercial-grade HEPA vacuum cleaners (which by the way cost thousands of dollars) to literally suck mold from materials that have already been dried — cushions, blankets, carpeting.
- Removal: Sometimes, a certain item, be it a part of the floor or a piece of clothing, cannot be remediated. In this scenario, you must pay for the specialists to safely quarantine the item and then remove it from your property.
3. Continued Inspection/Monitoring
After the remediation is completed, the specialists will then continually inspect and monitor your home for a brief period of time. This is done to ensure that mold does not appear again for whatever reason.
Generally, the cost of mold removal ranges between $500 and $3000 for one room. However, it can skyrocket to $50,000 and higher if, for instance, your entire home is rotting with mold. Keep in mind that you will not have to pay all of the costs out-of-pocket if you have homeowner’s insurance.
Just remember that there is no way to avoid these costs and expenses. Mold is a very serious issue that must eventually be dealt with in full. Remember also that the longer you wait, the more time the mold gets to grow.