How Much Does Mold Remediation Cost? (2024 Price Guide)
Mold spores are everywhere, inside and outdoors. However, active mold is what you need to worry about—the black, brown, green, yellow, or pink fuzzy growths on your walls, in your tub, or on clothing. Some mold is benign, but others can be quite deadly, and the severity depends on the type and the individual’s sensitivity.
People with underlying allergies or asthma are more likely to be adversely affected by active mold, but no one wants it in their home because it’s unsightly and has the potential to cause health problems. Here’s what you can do yourself to fight mold or prevent it from recurring, as well as how much professional mold remediation costs if the problem has grown a little out of hand.
What Is Mold Remediation?
Mold remediation services basically deep-clean the infected areas. The professionals throw away or douse porous materials such as clothing into a chemical wash, and then they scrub or even destroy and rebuild the affected area. During the process, the company will seal the entryway between the moldy room and the rest of the house, and they’ll vacuum vigorously, while keeping the wet vac outside to prevent spores from flying through the air of your home.
The depth of mold remediation depends on the damage. If the mold is growing inside the walls, reconstruction will have to take place. This will cost considerable time and money, and you might even have to live somewhere else while the repairs are underway.
How Much Does Mold Remediation Cost?
It’s difficult to say exactly how much it will cost to remediate mold in your home because every situation is different. That’s why it’s important to get an individual quote before planning and budgeting household expenses.
Mold remediation typically costs between $10 to $25 per square foot. Generally, mold in harder to reach areas such as behind the walls or in the HVAC system will lead to more costly repairs. The average cost to remediate mold damage in 2022 is $2,225. It will generally cost you over $1,000 but less than $4,000. However, if your entire house is affected, the final cost could be $30,000 or more, especially when you consider the cost of replacing damaged objects.
Will Homeowners Insurance Cover Mold Remediation?
Depending on the cause, your homeowner’s insurance might cover mold remediation but the situations are basically limited to an appliance malfunction. A busted pipe that causes water damage and subsequent mold would be covered, but mold from human or natural causes such as hurricanes or failure to install a bathroom vent would not. Fires are an exception because sometimes mold forms as a result of firefighting techniques. This type of damage would be covered.
Flood insurance sometimes covers mold remediation—as long as the damage was actually caused by flooding. Since mold remediation can cost thousands of dollars, it’s worth getting some quotes if you live in an area that receives a lot of rainfall.
Can I Conduct Mold Remediation Myself?
It’s recommended that you call a professional if the mold damage extends 3 ft. However, if you only have a minor mold problem, then you might be able to curtail it before it spreads.
Man vs. mold is a battle no one wants to fight. If you live in a humid area that’s prone to flooding, you’ll probably encounter this fungal foe at some point. While there are some steps you can take to remediate mold at the DIY level, it’s best to call in mold remediation professionals if the affected area is larger than 3 ft., or if you suspect toxic black mold.
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