How much does it cost to do a mold remediation?
According to MoldRemediationCost.com it can cost from only $500 to upwards of $30,000 to tackle a mold remediation project. This all depends upon the size of the area and the level of mold infestation present.
Is it a project that can be done on a DIY basis? The Environmental Protection Agency states that home and property owners can generally tackle areas of around one hundred square feet (10'x10'), but if the infestation is larger than that it is recommended that a professional mold remediation company be hired for the work. Why? Mold spores tend to be invisible until they begin to grow and flourish, and often mold remains out of sight for a long period of time. During this time it can cause a range of illness and can even make a structure uninhabitable.
The average approach to mold remediation will include:
- Formal inspection and testing - crawlspaces, walls, attics, and cupboards are all areas in which mold develops. If it is found in more than one or two areas of the home it is best to pay a professional to come out and make an inspection. If you use the inspector from the remediation company it will often be a free inspection or consultation included in the overall cost of the remediation project;
- Remediation - this is where the extremely variable costs come into question. For one thing it may be necessary to completely remove building materials such as sheet rock and lumber when it is too heavily infested with mold. This can automatically bump a project into the thousands of dollars. There are several approaches to remediation, and they vary in cost due to the need for specialized equipment. They include:
- Use of a wet vacuum - this is a specially designed shop vacuum that can remove water from a range of surfaces including carpet and wood. They cannot be used on sheet rock or other porous materials (this is the lowest priced approach);
- Wipes - the damp wipe method simply scrubs the mold away with a powerful mixture of water and detergent. The specialist then installs drying equipment to ensure that the mold spores are killed off quickly;
- HEPA vacuums - these are extremely expensive machines (averaging around $9500 each) that use special filters and powerful suction to pull mold from dry materials. They require a great deal of caution in their use and require workers to be covered in mold-proof clothing and face masks (PPE gear); and
- Removal - when infestation is beyond remediation the specialists will carefully remove the building materials, seal them in hazardous material containers, and dispose of them properly. This might include everything from flooring to clothing and is obviously the most expensive way of handling mold remediation.
- Final Inspection and monitoring - because mold is often extremely difficult to entirely eliminate most remediation projects have monitoring period built into their schedule. This allows inspectors to return over the course of the subsequent weeks and months to monitor for any reemergence of the mold on the cleaned or replaced materials.