Have you had your home inspected for mold? While health is important, one of the first things that pops into the minds of many homeowners faced with mold infestation is the cost of mold remediation.
The costs of mold remediation vary. There are several factors that influence these costs. These include:
- Inspection costs
The total cost of remediation will also include the costs of inspecting and testing for mold. In most cases, this can be a few hundred dollars. However, if you have a large home, you can expect to pay much more for inspection.
The cost of inspection is also influenced by the individual contractor you use for the inspection. Some contractors charge higher than others. You should therefore shop around for a reliable contractor that will provide you value for money.
- How widespread the infestation is
Contractors will charge you for mold remediation based on the size of the area affected. If they will only be dealing with an area that is less than 10 square feet, they will most likely consider this a small job and can charge you a few hundred dollars in total. However, if the mold is in various rooms in your home, you can expect a larger bill.
- The materials infected
The type of materials infected will also have an influence on the total costs of remediation. If porous materials such as plaster, drywall, carpeting, concrete and wood are infected, they may have to be restored or removed and disposed of. This requires more manpower as well as other costs for the disposal. The contractor may even need heavy duty equipment to remove the infected materials.
- The cause of the infestation
If the infestation was caused by a flood with contaminated water such as sewage, even more work will have to be carried out to contain the contaminated water. This will call for increased manpower and may even require specialized or heavy duty equipment.
- The type of procedure used for remediation
There are different remediation procedures available including anti-microbial, physical removal, media blasting as well as chemical washes. The costs of these methods differ. The typical removal process that includes containment, drying and removal of contaminated material costs much less than using the ice blasting method, for example.
Be sure to discuss your needs with your contractor. This will ensure that you choose the best options for your particular situation.