You've got mold. That might not be too a big deal if it only covers about 100 square feet or less. According to the EPA, if the infestation in your home is that small, then you should be able to do the remediation yourself. This will more than likely only cost you between $2.49 and $3.28 a gallon, if you decide to go with something like white vinegar for your cleaning method, or less, if you use a bleach (already in your home), detergent and warm water solution to get the job done.
However, larger infestations are recommended to be treated by a professional. This is especially important if your house is under a black mold invasion, and you are not sure if it is toxic or not. Here's what it might cost you, what you are actually paying for and how you might be able to recoup some of your expenses.
Cut it out
While it may seem that the testing for toxic black mold should run you a pretty penny, there are many contractors that offer this service for free. The major portion of the costs can come from the types of material that are infested. Porous materials quite often are irreparable and have to be removed. Actual mold removal might run from between $500 and $5000. However, total repair and replacement of damaged portions of the structure can leave you with a bill of between $10,000 and $30,000.
If the damage is extensive, there is not much that can be done about the cost for fixing it. Hopefully, you have insurance that covers even a portion of the cost. You would need to check with your homeowner's insurance agent for this, especially if you have a flood insurance policy that might have this included. Check too to see if you are eligible for a tax deduction.
Getting the labor done
If the cost of remediation is centered in the average range, without the need for material removal and replacement, then you might find that a lot of the cost is centered on the cost of labor and equipment costs. Workers might be required to wear protective, mold-proof suits and face masks, especially if they have to use the High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuum. For this reason, it is especially important that you ensure that the specialist that comes to do your remediation is actually certified to do so.
An inexperienced person might do more harm than good in the remediation process by allowing spores and other parts of the mold to be transferred to other parts of your home. Therefore before hiring anyone, it may be wise to contact the licensing board in your state for contractors certified in mold remediation. Depending on the extent of the work, you might be able to get a discount from your contractor. Don't be afraid to ask about one.
For more information, contact Air Quality Analysts or a similar company.Share
7 January 2016
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