The Cost of Mold Removal

Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.

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  1. Signs of water problems
  2. Smelling a mold odor
  3. Seeing signs of mold growth
  4. Water leaks, past flooding, condensation
  5. Medical problems such as allergies, headaches, dizziness, etc…

It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors. If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem. If you clean up the mold, but don’t fix the water problem, then, most likely, the mold problem will come back.

Mold inspectors have three key goals when they are inspecting a property:

Goal 1: Determine the Cause of the Mold Problem.

Mold is caused by moisture. For this reason, the inspector will start with an interview asking about past moisture problems caused by flooding, leaks, seepage, humidity, etc. The inspector will also likely check humidity and moisture levels using specialized tools.

Mold-Removal-Kansas-CityGoal 2: Find Out If The Causes Of The Moisture Problems Have Been Fixed.

Once moisture issues are identified, the next goal of the inspector is to ensure that the causes of the moisture issues have been fixed because mold removal should only begin once the moisture concerns are addressed properly.

Goal 3: Determine The Level of Mold Infestation.

To verify that you have mold, the inspector will first do a visual inspection. It is also important to realize that areas where mold is growing will usually have a mildew or urine like smell. In cases where there is visual mold, then samples will be taken using tape or a swab. In cases where there is no visual mold, then an air quality test may be recommended to measure the spore count and help identify the species of mold.

Once the samples are gathered, they will be sent to a third party lab which will identify the species of mold which will help determine the potential health impact that the mold will have. If an air quality test is done, the spore count will also be reported which will determine the level of spore infestation in the home.

Once you choose a mold removal contractor, they will provide you with the following:

1. Detailed mold removal estimate.
2. Mold removal action plan (scope of work).
3. Mold removal contract (authorization to proceed).

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The cost can range from $500 to $30,000. There is such a huge variance because the cost will depend largely on the area infected by mold. For instance, a small crawl space could cost $500 to $4,000, but a flooded home could cost between $10,000 to $30,000 or more. In addition to the area, the other consideration in determining cost is what materials are infected and the ease of access to cleaning the mold.

Generally speaking, the average cost of a professional mold remediation project will range from $2,000 to $6,000 and higher if it is a commercial property.

It is important to remember to not go with the cheapest mold remediation specialist. It is also important to check licensing, as some contractors do not have the appropriate licenses to conduct remediation services. Choose a reputable mold remediation specialist such as PRS of Tampa Bay for your mold inspections and removal services!

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