Mold removal could be complicated and difficult to do. How do you get started? And how can you get it done right at a reasonable price? Well, the truth is that mold removal isn’t as complicated as it seems, but working with the right mold professional can guide you through the process at a considerate price.
Here are tips for finding the right pro to get your job done right at super affordable charges:
The price of mold removal depends on the size of the job — Price could be over $1000. However, some mold specialists out there exaggerate the amount of work that needs to be done, hiking the price. If you think a quoted price seems high, we recommend getting multiple quotes for comparison
However, if you get a quote that’s surprisingly low, that’s also a big red flag. Companies that charge low prices don’t usually do a good job.
Mold professionals are licensed and skilled tradesmen, just like a plumber or electrician, so you can expect to pay more for a mold company than a regular handyman. Note that mold professionals have high overhead costs, such as high general liability and workers comp insurance, which also factors into their price.
Do you want to keep things really cheap? Do it yourself! In some cases, minor mold problems in places like a bathroom corner can easily be handled by a handy homeowner with a free weekend afternoon and a few basic supplies from the hardware store.
You don’t need to take a wrecking ball to the entire house at the sight of a little mold. You can lower the price by concentrating just on the area where the mold is visible. For example, mold on drywall in one corner of the room only needs to cut out and replaced in that corner.
What should I expect from a true mold removal professional?
Any mold professional should be able to explain your mold removal project in simple English. If a contractor is unable to explain the basic procedures and phases of mold remediation and mold removal in simple English, then you need to be very careful. If someone tries to make the process complicating and confusing to you, you can simply walk away.
Once in the home, here’s what to expect from a Mold removal expert:
Proper safety gear should be worn when dealing with mold. A high quality, a high filtration face mask is mandatory, as are vinyl or neoprene gloves. A complete PPE (Personal protective equipment) is recommended when using harsh chemicals and for bigger mold remediation projects.
Mold professionals seal off the work area, often using plastic sheeting to prevent mold spores from spreading to other areas of the home.
Mold professionals use expensive, professional equipment such as HEPA air scrubbers, HEPA vacuums, commercial-strength dehumidifiers, and more which regular handymen won’t use.
After a mold is physically removed from its source, the air should be cleaned of airborne mold spores using HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) air scrubbers and air exchange.
Mold professionals usually discard moldy porous building materials such as drywall, insulation, and baseboards.
Mold professionals will use an antimicrobial chemical to clean any remaining mold and mold stains after the demo.
Mold professionals often use a sealer or encapsulant to make the treated areas more resistant to water damage and mold, and also to help with odor control.
Other things you should take into consideration when hiring professional help:
Look out for the experience of the professional. A company that has been in the business for over a decade will be prepared for any situation and will know how to best handle your job.
Sometimes it is necessary to have your HVAC air ducts professionally cleaned since air ducts can collect dust and mold spores.
Some mold remediation companies also do restoration work an example is Home Plus restoration service. Restoration can often cost far more than the remediation depending on the design of the home, building materials used, and many more.
In summary, hiring a mold professional doesn’t have to be as confusing and complex as you may think. We have reliable professionals out there. The trustworthy ones won’t push unnecessary testing, will charge reasonable prices, and are able to clearly explain what work they will be doing, use professional practices and equipment, and have years of working experience.
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