Mold removal, remediation and testing service cost
When you suspect you have mold in your home, the first step it to have an inspector come in and make a thorough assessment of the situation. Samples will be sent off to a laboratory to determine what type of mold it is, but the next important step is to get estimates for cost of removing the mold.
The most commonly cited costs range from $500 to $2,500. Every job is different, which is why there is such a variance. However, the cost associated with most mold removal jobs are impacted by the following:
- How much mold is on the property
- They types of materials that are infected
- Access to the affected areas
- The equipment that will be used to remove the mold
When you have an idea about how these four situations will impact your mold removal job, an accurate estimate can be made.
At Polar Tiger, our experience with the average household mold removal project is that the cost ranges from $500 to $1,500. Commercial projects usually run higher due to various factors.
One way to determine the cost is to look at the areas in which the mold has taken hold:
- $500 to $1,100: crawl spaces only.
- $500 to $1,500: basements and attics.
- $1,500 to $2,500: repairing widespread structural damage.
What is included in the mold removal cost?
As with most jobs involving structural work, costs are driven up by labor and equipment. For example, most jobs can be completed in one day, but there might be more than one mold removal specialist on the job, working together to quickly and efficiently remove all mold and infected materials. When there are a variety of infected materials that need to be removed and replaced, a dumpster will be brought to the site, which adds on to costs associated with the job.
Mold removal quote includes:
- The average material costs
- Surface preparation, components and machinery
- Waste removal and cleanup fees
Professional mold remediation cost
While the typical budget for a mold remediation project ranges between $500 and $1,500, our experience shows that the median cost is around $1,100. Homeowners that find mold within a 5-square-foot area can usually take care of it themselves at a cost of around $50, however, this depends on what type of mold it is and how long it’s been there. Homes that are severely impacted by mold are definitely not DIY jobs and can cost upwards of $2,500.
To get a better idea about the possible cost of your project could be, consider that mold remediation costs around $1.10 and $1.50 per square foot. If you have a 1,000 square-foot area that is impacted, that will bring your cost to $1,100 to $1,500. If the affected areas are difficult to reach, you will be at the higher end.
Access is a factor impacting removal costs, but other factors can influence the cost as well. For example, the amount of mold have growing and the deterioration it has caused might require the removal of infected materials, which also drives up costs. If you’ve got black mold, which is toxic to handle, protective measures will need to be taken to keep it from getting airborne, and these containment materials add to the overall budget.
Dealing with all types of Fungi, we know that while it can be damaging to property, it also poses a health risk, especially when allowed to grow over time. Remediation might seem costly, but this is something that only grows more costly when put off, and that cost could include health related issues after prolonged exposure. The recommended strategy is to find a trusted, licensed expert to remediate the problem now, not later.
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- We can safely and effectively deal with your mold outbreak.
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Attic mold removal & remediation costs
The attic is a common area where mold can grow and the average cost to remove it is between $750 and $1,500. Roof leaks, condensation and bad ventilation are the most common culprits leading to mold growth. Fortunately, for those with walk-in attics that are easy to access, the estimate for remediation will be lower.
Large leaks in the attic that aren’t discovered for a long time can lead to more extensive labor, material handling/disposal and equipment, which can drive remediation costs upwards of $2,500. Projects such as these will often include roof repair costs, which average between $350 and $500. However, if roof replacement is in order, costs could go up to $7,000.
Basement mold abatement costs
The basement is another common mold growth area where removal costs range between $500 and $1,000. If the mold has grown behind finished walls, wood paneling or other materials, expect the cost to be at the higher end of the average if not higher.
To get at the root of a moisture issue, the foundation may need to be sealed, which costs on average $2,000 to $3,000. While that might seem expensive, it will prevent future leaking and mold growth.
Mold in crawlspace treatment costs
The average cost to remove fungus growth in a crawlspace is between $500 and $1,100. Fortunately, crawlspace mold growth is mostly found in a small area, and that can make removal budgets smaller than what is found in other areas where the mold spreads.
To prevent future growth, encapsulating the crawlspace is recommended, and the average cost of that is between $200 and $750. That’s on top of the original $500 to $1,100.
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Black mold removal cost
Black mold removal is a more extensive process due to the health risks related to handling it. Therefore, the average remediation estimates are between $750 and $2,000. Further measures, such as sealing off affected areas and carefully wrapping up infected materials and disposing of it properly, drive up the costs associated with removal.
Less toxic mold types, such as white or anything ranging from pink to green, are less expensive to remove because they don’t require the same level of handling. For less toxic mold types, expect an estimate between $500 and $1,500.
Mold testing cost
Rather than try to tackle a potentially toxic mold problem yourself, or if you’re just not sure if you have a mold problem, it’s recommended to have a mold testing procedure done to find out exactly what you’re dealing with. Of course, there will be costs associated with testing, and those will vary based on the type of testing you undertake.
A swab or surface testing is usually carried out in small areas throughout the home to pinpoint where it is growing. There are also air quality (or air cell) testing methods, and/or bulk testing that will determine the level of your mold issue. Remember, spores are common and will be found anywhere, which means you shouldn’t be worried when a test comes back positive - what you need to act upon quickly is when the tests results come back with high levels of contamination.
What mold professionals look for are oddly high levels of mold in a home because this can results in structural damage and pose health risks to those in the same vicinity of it. If you’ve got a small home, your mold testing estimates will be smaller than a person owning a larger home. And while the testing will determine the amount of mold you have, the report will also tell you exactly what variety of mold you have growing in your home.
Surface testing: $275-300
Surface testing involves a professional swabbing various surfaces, which are then analyzed in a lab. Because swabs only test small areas of the home, it’s recommended to do this in concert with other testing methods, such as air cell testing.
Air testing: $275-$350
Spores can float freely throughout the home, which is why air samples are taken to see if there is an abnormal amount in the home. This test is often done with swab testing to provide a more thorough determination of contamination. Air testing requires special equipment, which is why this test can cost more than swabbing alone.
- Surface and air testing together: $275-$400
In most situations, three mold samples are enough to determine the type of mold present and the level contamination within a home. Polar Tiger’s fee of $275 will be credited toward your mold remediation project when you hire to remove your mold (only for projects of $1,000 and up).
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