Mold growth is a common occurrence that can affect any household. If you see a part of your windows, walls, or doors being covered by black or colored patches, there is a high chance that what you’re seeing is mold. If you live in an environment that’s often damp or humid, such conditions only increase the chances of mold growing in your home.
While mold might seem like it’s just a surface problem or an unattractive nuisance, having mold growing in any part of your home can be hazardous and very dangerous for your loved ones and those with sensitive immune systems.
The initial symptoms of mold exposure may not have adverse effects and only be limited to flu, headaches, sneezing, and coughing, but prolonged exposure can cause red eyes, skin rash, and memory loss.
Regardless of how alarming this sounds, many people still refuse to get mold remediated due to the high mold remediation cost associated with such projects. But the question you should ask yourself is do you really want to risk the well-being of your loved ones just to save money?
THE COST OF MOLD REMEDIATION
Because mold repair cost can in some cases be high, people often turn to home remedies that either only bring temporary results or make no difference at all. Although they can be helpful if the problem is small and is just developing, severe mold infestations are always best left to professionals.
Based on our experience and past projects, we have an idea of how much mold remediation will cost, but the final price estimate can be only calculated individually for each project, based on what is required.
Overall, the national average cost of mold remediation is $2,347; however, the exact cost is determined by the type of mold it is, the affected area size in square feet, and the location of the mold. The following is a breakdown of several factors that can be used when calculating professional mold removal costs.
MOLD REMOVAL COST BY MOLD TYPE
Trying to remove mold using home remedies and DIY methods is not only tiring but often useless. There are over 100,000 different types of mold that are known to us, and who knows how many more are still left to be discovered? Although not all types of molds pose a threat, certain species like the Stachybotrys chartarum, also known as toxic mold, are known to cause serious issues like depression, cognitive impairment, and brain fog.
If you start noticing patches of mold growing inside your home, you should hire a professional specialist to identify and remove the mold from your household. Below is a brief idea of how much you can expect to pay to remove different types of molds that can grow in houses. While we do not price our projects by the type of mold being removed, it is true that the different characteristics of mold strains can require more work to be done, and therefore a higher cost. We consider the particular circumstances of each case to bring the best service at affordable cost.
This type of mold is one of the most common species of mold found in damp or water-damaged homes. It has a bluish-green coloration and gives off a musty smell that can be easily recognized by the residents of a house.
This is another type of mold frequently found indoors that stands out with its fast growth rate. It requires more water than other mold types and that’s why it’s usually found in homes that experienced severe water damage or have been flooded. The cost of Ulocladium mold removal is higher than others just because the property has been more severely damaged by water and there is a greater area that needs to be addressed.
Unlike other molds, Alternaria is typically found outdoors during the spring and summer months. But it’s prone to also spread and affect the outside and inside areas of your home as well. This mold typically grows in high-humidity areas like the basements, attics, bathrooms, inside of walls, and underneath carpets. It spreads quickly and the cost of mold remediation for Alternaria depends on how big an area it has entered.
COST OF MOLD REMOVAL PER SQUARE FOOT
Another way professional and mold repair companies quote their cost is based on square-foot i.e. depending on the size of the mold area rather than the type of mold that’s present in your vicinity. For a square foot, a professional mold removal specialist has a basic charge of $15. Keep in mind that the EPA recommends that any area of mold larger than 10 sq ft should be addressed by a professional.
MOLD REMEDIATION COST BY LOCATION
Mold requires an organic environment and a catalyst, which in this case is water and dampness to grow. That being said, certain areas of your home are more prone to mold growth than others. Some common areas where mold can grow include on your ceiling, in bathrooms, basements, kitchens, and many other places. The ease of access to the mold growth also plays a factor in the final cost.
It’s easier for moisture to get trapped within confined places like air ducts and provide a suitable environment for the mold to form and grow at a quick rate. Unlike in open and accessible places, air ducts require specialized care to ensure complete mold removal and as expected, it’s going to cost more.
Having an attic makes your house look very attractive in its own way from the exterior but it’s only as good as it gets if you tend to have a leaking roof or AC unit at home. Poor ventilation which is common in attics make them a prime breeding ground for mold. Depending on the size and accessibility of the attic, removing mold can be more difficult.
Basements are another area of your home that usually have increased moisture. Things like poor ventilation, pipe leaks, foundation cracks or even minor water damage can quickly result in basement mold. Depending on the severity of the growth, the mold remediation cost for the basement can vary a lot.
As expected, bathrooms tend to get affected the most by mold since there’s always a continuous flow of water there. Because of the constant high moisture that’s typically present there, this also makes bathrooms highly prone to toxic black mold. This makes bathroom mold remediation a common job type.
Concrete Block Walls
Getting mold removal for concrete block walls can often seem like an easy task but it’s not. Mold growth on concrete walls is often caused by leaking pipes. Thus concrete wall mold treatment usually involves careful targeted approaches.
PRICE OF MOLD INSPECTION AND MOLD TESTING
There’s mold growing in some part of your home but you can’t visually see it, then getting your home inspected or tested for mold will either confirm or deny your suspicions. Mold testing is the perfect solution to detect hidden mold and determine if the mold is toxic or not. The typical cost of mold testing can range from $300 to $700.