Hiring someone to get rid of mold does have a price. The presence of mold often has a price as well. The reality is that mold can cause serious health problems. In some cases, it can cause structural damage as well. These factors make mold removal a practicality that there are few options for.
So how much does mold remediation cost? It depends on how big your mold problem is.
Do It Yourself
In some cases, the mold remediation cost may limited to the supplies that you require. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that mold that covers less than ten square feet can be removed yourself. The details of various approaches to removing mold are available on a number of websites.
The mold remediation cost could be as little as the price of a container of appropriate cleaner and the safety equipment. This is sometimes less than one hundred dollars. Ensuring that you follow instructions carefully can save you money though. Disturbing mold is one of the most common causes of mold spreading and that can also increase the mold smell in the home.
In cases where you have to enlist the help of a professional the mold remediation cost will be much more.
A medium-sized job may cost from five hundred dollars (US) to four-thousand dollars (US). These jobs include areas similar to a typical crawlspace. It is not only the size of the space that may affect the mold remediation cost though. If there are irregular difficulties presented by the location there may be additional costs.
Beyond the medium-sized range the mold remediation cost range may be from approximately $2,000 (US) to $6,000 (US). Projects in this cost range may include removal from crawlspaces, the attic, walls and ducts within the home.
In addition to the cost of professional removal, there are sometimes other costs associated. These may include the cost of repairing structure that has been damaged by the mold. This can vary quite a bit depending on the structure and the extent of damage. Likewise some removal processes may require that you move out for some amount of time.
The amount of time you have to stay in alternate housing and the housing that you choose will affect these costs considerably. Together these additional costs may add ten to thirty thousand dollars (US) to the total cost of the removal.
In some cases, insurance may cover all or part of these costs. It may depend on the circumstances related to the mold. For instance if there was a flood you may qualify to file an insurance claim while if you had a leaky pipe you may not. You should consult with your insurance agent or company to verify the coverage that you are entitled to.
Similarly, the cost of mold remediation may be tax deductible in the United States. You will need to verify the tax laws, but in some cases all or part of the costs may qualify. You may want to talk to your accountant or mold removal company about this possibility.