What Factors Affect Mold Removal Costs
It’s difficult to give a set price for mold removal costs as this will depend on many different factors, such as the type of mold, the location of the mold, and the severity of the job. The first thing to do when you discover a mold problem is to call for an inspection so that a professional can do a careful survey of your home, determine the scope of work involved and then provide an accurate estimate of total costs involved.
Some factors that can influence the cost of mold removal include:
The size of the area that is affected by mold
Mold that affects less than 10 square feet in size are typically considered small jobs and can be removed by a mold removal technician for a cost of less than $500. However, for small areas that are affected by mold, and if mold is growing on easy-to-clean surfaces like glass, metal, tile, tubs, or sinks, then property owners can perform a DIY job and remove the mold themselves. You will still need to shell out a few dollars for household cleaning products or a very good mold removal product. You will also need to invest on personal protection gear to keep you safe from any potential toxic mold that may be present and to prevent breathing in mold spores, which includes disposable hair cover, disposable shoe coverings, disposable gloves, and a mold safety mask. Moldy areas that cover more than 10 square feet will definitely need professional cleanup and removal.
The kind of materials that are infected
Costs of labor and material will depend on whether moldy materials can still be cleaned and restored or must be removed and completely disposed of. Porous materials such as drywall, plaster, wood, concrete, carpet and flooring require more manpower and a more thorough procedure for mold cleanup as mold spores may be deeply embedded inside the materials.
If the mold damage is caused by flooding with contaminated water that contains sewage or other hazardous substances, then there is more work involving heavy-duty equipment to contain the contaminated water and to thoroughly dry the environment.
Mold in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems also require more work to clean up the intricate duct system that may contain hidden mold inside.
The type of mold remediation procedure to be done
Mold removal companies use different types of mold removal procedures, such as media blasting, anti-microbial, chemical wash and physical removal. Every mold job is different and may involve one or more different methods of mold remediation, which in turn will affect overall costs. The typical mold removal process, for example, which includes, inspection, containment, cleanup, drying and contamination may be cheaper than the ice blasting method. If there is any restoration work involved, this will also add to the total cost of the project.
In general, mold removal costs may range from $3,000 for simple mold removal jobs and go as high as $15,000 to $20,000 or even more for large-scale jobs involving more complicated procedures. Keep in mind that an exact estimate will be very difficult to make without actual visual inspection as many other factors may be discovered during the assessment that can possibly affect the overall cost of the remediation project.
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