Cost Of Mold Remediation
Professional mold remediation costs an average of $2,215 in the U.S. in 2021. Prices for this project will range from $1,121-$3,331, according to HomeAdvisor.
Average Mold Remediation Costs
All larger remediation projects should be handled by the professionals. However, small removal projects (typically under 10 square feet) can be handled as a DIY project. This can cost as little as $10-$50, with larger projects racking up a bill as high as $6,000. As expected, there are several factors impacting the budget for removal. The amount of growth combined with the level of corrosion may require the replacement of some existing materials.
Mold Remediation Cost Per Square Foot
Most mold remediation professionals will charge an average of $17.50 per square foot for removal. Costs will range between $10-$25. For example, if you need removal in a 100 square-foot room, this project will cost you between $1,000-$2,500 total. Location of the growth is the biggest variable here when it comes to price.
DIY Removal Or Hire Professionals?
Yes, homeowners will be able to perform small remediation projects. In fact, if the infected area is 10 square feet or less, the EPA says property owners can handle the projects themselves. After the area is inspected by a professional, ask if you will be able to perform the cleanup task yourself.
DIY Mold Removal Tips
Removing large mold infestations will require additional work and safety precautions including:
Removing molded carpet
Cut the musty or stained carpet and pads into 6 by 8 foot sections with a utility knife. Using a pump sprayer, mist your surfaces with water to stop the spread of spores and then roll the sections up. Double wrap the pieces in 6-mil plastic and then tape it with duct tape. Be sure to wear protective clothing and run the exhaust fan in your window.
Seal off the damaged area
Seal the room off from the rest of the house. Cover the doorway using overlapping plastic and tape it to the floor and wall. Cover your air ducts using tape and plastic.
Open up the moldy walls
Pry the trim and baseboards off of the areas with a pry bar and block of wood. Probe the area using a screw driver to find and open up the moisture damage and hidden mold in your insulation and wall framing.
Moisten and bag moldy materials
Turn off your electric to the room and cut open the wall using a saw or utility knife. Mist your insulation and drywall with a pump sprayer to keep the mold spores from spreading. Double bag the material in heavy duty bags and tie them shut.
You can scrub surface mold off in your decks, siding, and bathroom in just minutes using a 1 to bleach/water mixture. Often the mold will grow and spread in places that aren’t noticed until you see surface staining and feel mushy drywall or smell a musty smell.
If you have to remove mold that covers more than just a few feet, it is recommended that you take special precautions. You want to avoid contaminating your home but to protect yourself from breathing too many VOCs and spores.
- Wear old shoes and clothes that you can either throw away or wash after clean up.
- Wear p-100 or n-95 respirators as well as gloves and goggles.
- Set a fan in a window to ventilate the room while working. Throw it out when you are done because the spores are hard to clean off. Tape cardboard around the window openings so that the spores can’t get back in.
- Wrap and tape carpeting in plastic and double bag moldy debris in garbage bags for disposal.
- To keep the spores from going airborne, moisten the areas with a garden sprayer.
- Turn the AC and furnace off and open doors and ducts.
- Keep the wet/dry vacuum outside when vacuuming.
Moisture damage and mold go together. The photos below show cleaning under a leaky window where rain frequently got into the wall and caused mold.
You need to open up the wall to get at the form developing inside (Photo 4). Since you need to repair the wall at any rate, don’t dither to curtail past the conspicuous harm to discover all the form and let the wall dry out. To keep from cutting any wires, make an opening near the area and find the wires. Cut the electricity to outlets before you cut the wall.
On the off chance that the damage has been disregarded, you may find that there is decay. Where possible, remove and replace light studs, and wall sheathings. Where there are issues, treat the wood with an additive to clean the wood and let it dry.
Mold Remediation Services
When searching for “mold remediation near me,” there’s a reason why Native Environmental LLC stands out above the rest. Read on as we go into detail about mold remediation.
The first key to identifying mold is knowing what exactly the growth looks like. To be clear, mold essentially grows everywhere. Mold growth comes from tiny spores that float around in the air. Mold will grow in any area that stays between 40-100 degrees. Generally, mold is most common in damp areas of homes or commercial buildings. Mildew is the easiest type of mold to identify. Its black coloring makes it unmistakable. This substance only grows larger as time goes by, spreading into colonies. Check damp areas, including shower corners and siding for any signs of mildew growth. Don’t be passive when inspecting for mold. Its generally easy to identify but many homeowners may pass it by, assuming it is simply dirt buildup.
Types of mold that pose potential health threats:
- Stachbotrys mold
- Penicillium mold
- Aspergillus mold
Don’t trust your eyes to identify growing mold by yourself? Don’t worry, there are trusted professionals to handle such a task! Professional mold inspections include a thorough check of your property. All wall coverings, drywall and crevices inside and outside the property will be inspected. Once mold growth is identified, the first task for the inspectors is to fix the issue that caused the mold in the first place. This means any leaks or excess water will be worked on before the remediation process begins. Professional remediation should include proper removal, followed by a cleanup using biocide.
Native Environmental LLC In Phoenix, Arizona
Native Environmental LLC is a industrial cleaning company located in Phoenix, Arizona offering a full list of industrial cleaning services including mold removal/remediation, asbestos removal/remediation, mercury spill clean up, silo cleaning and more. We can also help with industrial cleaning in Tempe, Tucson, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, South Phoenix, Central Phoenix, Scottsdale, Arizona and more.