How Much Should Mold Remediation Cost?

How Much Should Mold Remediation Cost?
This is an excellent question and one of the biggest concerns of property owners when black mold is found. Unfortunately, the lack of regulation in our industry has spawned many Fly-By-Night Mold UN-Professionals who minimize the problem, don’t test for asbestos and or lead, spray bleach and or other chemicals and ultimately make a bigger mess of the situation. The purpose of this article is to educate you on what to look for and expect from Mold Remediation PROfessionals.
The price for mold remediation will vary dependant upon many factors such as how many square feet of mold was found, was asbestos tested and results were positive, is lead paint an issue, does it extend in behind kitchen or bathroom cabinets, can the area be hoarded off easily, is there a lot of contents to be cleaned and sanitized, is storage an issue, has structural damage occurred as a result of the mold damage, etc. With so many variables it is very difficult to nail down a price unless a professional assessment has been performed and  the mold removal specialist is able to perform a site visit.
The biggest concern a mold remediation professional has pertains to determining how much mold is present and ensuring that the mold contamination can be contained and placed under negative pressure to prevent cross contamination into adjacent areas. The use of proper containment and negative pressures using HEPA filtration units is very important in protecting the health and well being of workers and building occupants. The reason this is so important is that people are more prone to health concerns when exposed to certain species and or large quantities of mold spores and during the removal process the spores get stirred up and counts increase substantially due to disruption as the mold needs to release its spores to find a new safe home.
Typically, the process begins with a phone call from a concerned client who believes they have mold and wants an inspection performed. During the inspection, the professional has three key objectives:
IDENTIFY THE CAUSE OF THE MOLD PROBLEM
This is usually determined through a thorough visual inspection and the use of industry specific testing instruments along with an interview process with building occupants to find out about past moisture problems caused by flooding, leaks, sewer backups etc.
DETERMINE IF MOISTURE PROBLEMS ARE STILL A CONCERN
For instance, if the property has a leaky roof, leaky pipes, seepage, high humidity, etc….any source of moisture, then the primary objective is to first address the cause of the moisture problem.
In some instances, determining the source of the moisture can be difficult. For instance, let’s say the home or office building has mold, but no history of flooding, no identifiable water stains, and no apparent moisture issues, but the smell of mold is present, then the mold inspector will need to use Thermal Imaging and other detection instruments because the source of the moisture could be hidden and occurring inside the walls cavities of the property. In some cases wall cavities will need to be opened up to find that cracks in foundation are the cause of the problem.
We have had a situation in commercial building where mold growth is within a wall cavity on an interior wall with no moisture sources near by, no evidence of any roof leaks in the area and no other identifiable issues. When mapping out the moisture we came across an area of the roof 45 feet away on the total opposite end of the building where water was leaking down onto a steel beam and then travelling all along the beam until there was a hole where a bolt had been removed and the water then slowly dripped down into the wall cavity through this hole. Water finds the path of least resistance in every case.
The next step, if a moisture problem is identified, is to ensure that the cause of the moisture problem is addressed by fixing it properly so that it does not recur. The mold affected drywall, 2+4 studs, carpets and other building materials can be removed and the drying process started before rectifying the water intrusion however, unless the underlying cause of the moisture issue is fixed, replacing with new building materials will not solve the problem and mold will start to grow again in a short period of time.
DETERMINE THE TYPE OF MOLD 
Mold is everywhere, it is nature’s recycler that requires water and cellulose and other organic matter to thrive. Mold is a problem for property owners because almost everything that homes are made out of are cellulose-based: wood, drywall, carpet, etc. Specifically, mold becomes a concern because it can cause health problems and over time will reduce the value of your property.
If mold is found in a property, then the mold inspector may recommend further testing, such as an air quality test, tape or swab samples, or an environmental relative moldy index (ERMI) test, the samples should be analyzed by a trusted lab. The lab results should be provided to the property owner and the property owner should distribute to all building occupants.
With respect to the cost of a mold inspection as described above, typically a residential mold inspection will range from $195 to $350 PLUS the cost of any sampling that needs to be sent to a Third Party lab. Commercial mold inspections will typically range from $350-$750 PLUS the cost of sampling dependant upon the complexity of the inspection.
Once it is verified that YES there is indeed a mold problem and the type of mold has been identified, if health concerns exist then the most important steps you need to take are to hire a professional mold removal company and contact a specialist like Dr. Hoffman at the Hoffman centre for integrative medicine in Calgary Alberta, in order to help you with any negative affects from the exposure
Professional mold remediation companies should be able to provide you with the following information when providing estimates, you should ask for THREE specific documents:
ITEMIZED ESTIMATE
Reputable mold remediation companies should not just give you an estimate with one line item: Mold Remediation…….and then the dollar amount.
Instead, when you get a quote it should be itemized, listing costs for the following: equipment that needs to be used; application of antimicrobial agent, fungicide, garbage removal; materials and consumables; mold remediation labor; documentation; equipment decontamination; and management charges, just to name a few.
In short, demand detailed quotes from the professionals that you choose to get estimates from. Don’t just accept a verbal or one line quote for mold remediation. You need to know what exactly you are paying for when you get a quote for mold remediation, and please do not get your friend, the contractor, to take on your mold problem. In most cases, this creates more problems than solutions and could just end up costing more. Hire a professional!
SCOPE OF WORK
If the company you are considering is not willing to provide a scope of work or remediation plan, then definitely say NO to their services. Demand a plan, you are paying for the service and should know exactly what the remediation professional will be doing to ensure that your mold problem is dealt with properly and that your health is not going to be impacted negatively.
CONTRACT / AUTHORIZATION TO PROCEED
It is always a good idea to get a written contract from the mold remediation contractor.
With respect to the final cost, this is actually a very difficult question to answer because every job and situation is different. The THREE most important factors in determining the ultimate cost of a mold remediation project are the following:
1. How much of the area is infected with mold?
2. What kind of materials are infected?
3. How easy is it to access the mold?
Only by answering these three questions, can an intelligent estimate be prepared. With this in mind, depending on the answers to the above three questions, mold remediation projects can range from a couple of thousand dollars to 10s of thousands of dollars. On average, the typical household mold remediation project will range from $1,500 to $8,000 while most commercial projects are usually more. If asbestos containing materials are found to be present in the affected materials the price will typically be significantly different. Again, there is no easy answer to this question because every situation is different and this is the reason we specifically advise that you compare quotes from at least three companies, but always be sure to compare apples to apples. Don’t just go with the cheapest quote, hire the firm that will do the best job and ensure that the job is done right and stand behind their work!
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I Don’t Need A Mold Remediation Professional, My Friend’s a Contractor!

I Don’t Need A Mold Remediation Professional, My Friend’s a Contractor!
It seems like anyone who knows how to pick up a hammer and wears a contractor hat these days, claims to be an expert on mold remediation.
Whenever a natural disaster occurs and basements get flooded, it is no coincidence that all of a sudden there are many more “Mold Remediation” companies that begin offering services. In most cases, these new companies are just contractors, who begin offering this service because they think they can make a fast buck.
You will know you are dealing with a “Fly-By-Nighter” if they claim they can remediate your mold with ozone or other types of machines that claim to kill mold. Other mold scams out there are the ones that claim that they can just fog your home or spray a bunch of chemicals and your mold problems will magically disappear…yah right!
What can you do as a consumer to protect yourself?
Educate yourself!
Learn about mold and what causes mold.
Knowledge is the key to ensuring that you do not fall for mold removal scams.
Mold requires moisture and water to thrive and grow.
The most important consideration before addressing any mold problem is to first address the moisture issues. Unless this is done, there really is no point in trying to remediate the mold.
The reality of mold removal is that there is no easy fix and any contractor that says it is, just does not understand the biology of mold.
It is not just a matter of tearing out your stuff or spraying chemicals.
It is not just about killing mold because dead mold spores can be just as harmful as live ones.
What you must realize is that mold is a living fungi and because of this, it has a survival mechanism. The survival mechanism of mold is to disperse spores and find more areas to grow on and populate itself.
When you are dealing with mold inside of your property, you need to understand that the primary concern of mold remediation is to prevent the mold from spreading, ie. to contain it and prevent cross-contamination. Then, once the containment is set up, the process of addressing the mold problem can begin.
Before you hire any contractor to remediate the mold in your property, be sure to consider the following questions:
1. Is the contractor prepared to give you a written contract/change order?
2. Is the contractor prepared to provide you with a remediation plan?
3. Is the contractor prepared to provide you with a post-remediation report?
4. Is the contractor prepared to recommend independent indoor environmental professionals that can provide you with a post-remediation verification report? This is very important because this report determines whether or not the remediation has been successful.
5. Does the contractor carry insurance?
6. Are the contractor’s employees AMRT, WRT, FSRT certified?
7. Does the contractor set up containment to prevent cross contamination?
8. Does the contractor use negative air machines and air scrubbers to clean the air?
9. Is the contractor willing to provide you with referrals and their contact details?
10. Does the contractor use DOP (Dispersed Oil Particulate) tested equipment which is a process that tests the integrity of the HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters used?
If you get NO answers to any of the above questions, then you may want to re-consider hiring this contractor.
If you are sick, you go to a Doctor because you want the best treatment possible to get healthy.
Mold remediation specialists are Building Doctors whose objective is to cure the property of toxic mold so you can live a better, healthier life.
Like health care professionals, mold remediation specialists take specialized courses and training to ensure that they can properly eliminate the mold problems of their customers.
You may want to think twice about hiring your friend, the contractor, who thinks they know how to remove mold. If they don’t do the job right, the short term financial savings may result in long term financial and health costs.
The best steps to ensuring a long term fix is as follows:
STEP 1: Hire a reputable mold remediation professional
STEP 2: Verify the integrity of the work by hiring a Third Party Environmental Consultant to perform post-remediation verification. This is a crucial step and should not be ignored because this will give you peace of mind knowing that the remediation was done properly.
STEP 3: Hire your friend, the contractor, to do the rebuild, but make sure they do it according to proper building standards.
Bottom line, the short term cost to cure your mold problem may be higher if you hire a professional mold remediation contractor, but the long term savings of hiring a professional will certainly be worth it. In the end, you get what you pay for!

Compare Apples to Apples: 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Mold Remediation Professional!

Compare Apples to Apples: 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Mold Remediation Professional!
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Compare Apples to Apples: 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Mold Remediation Professional

Before you commit to working with any mold remediation firm, be sure to ask these questions. You should receive a YES answer to all of these questions:
1. Is the mold remediation company prepared to give you a written contract/change order?
2. Is the mold remediation company prepared to provide you with a remediation plan?
3. Is the mold remediation company prepared to provide you with a postremediation report?
4. Is the mold remediation company prepared to recommend independent indoor environmental professionals that can provide you with a postremediation verification report? This is very important because this report determines whether or not the remediation has been successful.
5. Does the mold remediation company carry insurance?
6. Are the mold remediation company employees AMRT, WRT, FSRT certified?
7. Does the mold remediation company set up containment to prevent cross contamination?
8. Does the mold remediation company use negative air machines and air scrubbers to clean the air?
9. Is the mold remediation company willing to provide you with referrals and their contact details?
10. Does the mold remediation company use DOP (Dispersed Oil Particulate) tested equipment which is a process that tests the integrity of the HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters used?
If you get NO answers to any of the above questions, then you may want to re-consider hiring this firm. In short, when evaluating your mold remediation quotes, be sure to compare apples to apples!
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