It’s nothing less than a nightmare for homeowners to find that mold is growing in their homes. Well, it should be because the presence of mold in your living place makes the environment unfit for our health. So, the aim should be to get rid of it as early as possible. Besides, delaying for mold removal also means spending more money on extensive and costly remediation and repairs.
If you have also found mold in your home and are wondering what to do, here is a brief guide.
First, Call a Mold Inspector
When you find mold spreading on your drywall, trim, or unfinished wood surfaces, you should first call a mold inspector who can uncover the root and extent of the problem. Once they collect the data and important aspects, the mold inspector can also recommend a reliable mold remediation company. Many mold remediation companies don’t carry out the inspection themselves and, therefore, work with a third-party inspector. To avoid any hassle, it’s better to find a mold remediation company that conducts the mold inspection itself.
Before hiring a mold inspector, be sure to check their credentials. It will take around 2 to 5 hours for a qualified inspector to complete the inspection process. They will take air samples and may also open your walls to locate mold.
Important Note: Don’t Fall for the Home DIY Kit for Mold Inspection. They might reveal some mold but only due to the fact that spores are always present in the air. These test kits cannot confirm the presence of dead mold spores and don’t determine baseline mold levels.
Then, Hire a Mold Remediation Company
Once a mold inspector establishes the fact that you need mold remediation and how severe the problem is, you will need to hire a mold remediation company. Generally, the process of mold removal involves:
• Eliminating water-damaged and mold-infested materials
• Cleaning and disinfecting the area where mold is present, such as walls, carpets, and personal items
• Removing drywall and studs if the damage done by mold is severe and extensive
• Vacuuming with the High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filtration
If the process involves just washing and removing carpet, the mold removal process will be completed in a few days. However, if it also involves demolition and rebuilding, the process will require a few weeks to complete.
If there is heavy mold infestation in your home, you might also need to shift temporarily until the cleanup is completed.
The mold removal cost varies based on how much and where mold exists. For instance, removing mold from crawl spaces costs a few hundred dollars only. However, if mold removal is needed for ducts, walls, and attics along with crawl space, it will cost you higher. In cases where there is widespread structural damage in your building, the mold removal cost might cross ten thousand dollars.
Can I use Insurance for Mold Remediation?
Insurance companies typically pay only if the problem results from an emergency that is already covered in your policy, such as a burst pipe. But if the mold infestation is caused by deterred maintenance, prevailing moisture, seepage, flood waters, or negligence, the insurance company might not cover the cost of mold removal. So, verify this with your insurance agent whether the insurance company will cover the mold removal cost or not.
Since there is no fixed price and the mold removal cost varies greatly, you should always make the decision only after contacting a few companies and asking for quotations.
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