What's the real black mold removal cost? No, we don't mean just the cost of bleach or a three-dollar spray bottle of generic mold and mildew remover.
Mold, especially black mold, is one of the most pervasive and dangerous forms of mold you can find in your home. So, when you find black mold, you need to be sure that the mold is gone entirely - spores and all.
Still, getting rid of a mold problem can quickly get pricey, with prices starting around $500 and capping at $10,000 for nasty cases.
So, from remediation to repairs, what makes the cost of mold removal so high, and what do you need to know to hire a contractor? Read on to find out.
Step 1: Call a Mold Inspector
If you catch your mold soon, then the $3 spray bottle approach is completely fine. Still, the margin of error of this approach is slim. You need to catch any mold growing in your home before it spans an area that's larger than 10 square feet.
Mold growing on trim or drywall is also a sign of water in your walls, so don't attempt a self-repair in that situation either.
When your mold spray doesn't work anymore, it's time to call a mold inspector. A mold inspector will be able to find the source of your mold problem, and they will be able to recommend a solution.
Sometimes that means a repair or a full renovation, and sometimes that requires a mold removal service.
Either way, you can expect to pay $200-600 for your mold inspection, depending on your location and the extent of your problem.
Finding a Good Mold Inspector
Mold remediation is a surprisingly unregulated industry. Still, a good mold inspector or mold removal service will have the following credentials.
Employees should have a science or engineering-based undergraduate degree, and they should've completed coursework in mold investigation. The American Council for Accredited Certification and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene offer great, trustworthy courses in mold inspection.
Most trustworthy mold inspectors work independently of mold remediation companies. That also means that responsible removal companies hire out for their mold inspection services as well. Mold inspectors also shouldn't try to sell you mold-related removal products (although recommendations are acceptable).
Mold inspectors should offer detailed breakdowns of your air quality. Excellent inspectors will offer these results immediately, and without prompting, okay inspectors will offer them upon requests, and bad inspectors won't offer the air quality reports at all.
While it's true that black mold is famously dangerous, be cautious of an inspector who says that one type of mold is worse or more dangerous. Any mold is still bad news.
Mold can often have a DIY solution, even if that DIY solution is renovation-related. So long as the job doesn't require specialized tools and if you aren't destroying structural walls, your inspector should offer DIY solutions in addition to recommending good remediation services.
What's the Cost of Sampling Your Air for Mold?
Air sample analysis can be pretty pricey, so your mold inspector should roll this fee into their services' cost. Still, inspectors may charge you separately. Depending on your region, sample analysis can cost anywhere from $50-$150 for each sample.
The most significant caveat with this black mold removal cost is that not all mold problems require one. You should also consider running a test after mold removal has been completed.
If you can see the mold, then chances are your air doesn't need sampling. (i.e., If mold is visible, then you don't really need to detect it.)
If you see an inspector taking a mold sample and mold is visible, ask your inspector why they're taking a sample of the air. More than likely, the inspector will be trying to identify the kind of mold, but it never hurts to be sure.
Step 2: How to Hire A Mold Remediation Professional
Again, the inspector you hire should point you toward DIY solutions that you can take care of relatively easily. Maybe you need to re-route the gutter drain, or you need to get new carpet or re-sheetrock a section of your wall.
If the job is still too big for you, then it's time to start looking for black mold removal companies.
Typically, mold removal with a mold removal company will take several days to a month, depending on what needs to be done. This means anything from re-carpeting to reframing walls with dry, clean beams.
The typical black mold remediation cost increases with the severity of your house's mold problem. Budget...
$500 - $4,000 if you only have mold in your crawl spaces
$2,000 to $6,000 if you have mold in your walls or attics
$10,000 to $30,000 if you have mold eating away at your structural components.
The mold remediation process includes...
Removing wet and leaking sections of your house
Cleaning and disinfecting porous areas around your house like stuffed animals, beds, and personal items
Replacing structural components in the house if they have become compromised
Filtering your air with a HEPA filter to remove spores.
Worst-case, you'll have to live outside of your home during construction.
How Do You Bring Down the Black Mold Removal Cost?
Lower the cost of mold removal by first reaching out to your insurance company. While the chances of your insurance covering a mold remediation service is relatively low, if your problem stems from an emergency, like a burst pipe, your insurance might help you with a little of the bill.
The next and final way to bring down the black mold removal cost is to either do some mitigation work yourself or call a remediation company and ask if they're running any deals.
You can even get started on this now! Give us a shout to find out if you can save on your black mold removal cost by working with us. We would love to help!