Mold removal is a tough job if you do it yourself. Where should we begin? How much does it cost? How can you find the right people for the job? To tell you the truth, removing mold in your home is not that difficult as other people thought. Giving the right mold removal company can provide you an idea of what process they are using, and not charging you with a ridiculous amount. Here are some of the tips in finding the right professional mold remover to do the job right without spending too much.
(Note: For this article, the terms Mold Remediation, Mold Removal, Mold Mitigation, and Mold Abatement are interchangeable. These words mean fixing the problems with the molds.
Test for molds
Yes, you should always test your home for molds. If you see molds forming in some parts of your house, you should do a pre-testing. You only need to remove the molds and check every part of your home for mold formation. You need to do this to know how much you are going to pay the mold removal professionals and how big the infestation is. If the professional you hire tells you to spend a hundred bucks or more on pre-testing, you need to think twice because you can do pre-testing for free. The only time you need to do pre-testing is when you find a visible mold in your house, and you need some proof for a negotiation.
For example, if you are planning to buy a house and you are suspecting that house to have mold formations, you need to check every part of the house for confirmation and negotiate to make the price of the home down.
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How much are you going to pay for a mold removal professional?
Like any jobs, mold removal price depends on how big the task is. They can go from $500 to $2,000. But some professionals tend to overprice their clients, telling them that there’s too much work to be done, driving the price up. If you think that the rate is too high, you can get multiple bidders for the job and compare their prices. But if a professional will give you an amount that is too low, you also need to check if they are a legal company or monitor the quality of their works. If a company gives a quote that is too low, there’s a big chance that they don’t do the job properly. A legitimate mold removal professional is a skilled tradesman and licensed just like other professionals like electricians and plumbers. So, expect to pay more if you want your problems with molds in your house, solved by legitimate mold removal professionals. Remember that these professionals have overhead costs like general liability and workers compensation insurance that can add to their price.
If you don’t have that kind of money, you can do the removal by yourself. For houses that only has less than ten square feet of mold problems, you easily removed it by hand or by using necessary tools found in the hardware store. The most common place where molds are found are bathroom corners, sink corners or areas that are moist and dark. If the moist in your house infects your dry walls or in the ceiling, you need to get a professional because it needs to be removed by cutting out the part of the wall or the ceiling where the molds are found.
(Click here to know how much an average mold removal cost.)
What to expect from a legitimate mold removal company or professional?
Any professional should know how to explain every process involved in removing the molds in your house in plain English. If the company or a professional can’t tell how mold removal, mold remediation is performed, in layman’s terms, you should be wary with them. If they try to convince you to hire them, walk away and say “NO.” Here are some tips on what to expect from professional mold removers:
They should have proper safety gears that deal with molds. Quality filtration face mask, neoprene or vinyl gloves are a must. Full protective suits are also used to protect professionals from mold infections.
Mold professionals also seal off the area where they are working with the use of plastic sheeting to avoid infecting other parts of the house.
Professionals also use professional and expensive equipment like HEPA air scrubbers, vacuums, and industrial-strength dehumidifiers that regular handymen can’t afford.
After the mold is removed, the air inside the house should be filtered and cleaned of airborne molds using HEPA or High-Efficiency Particulate Air scrubbers and air exchange, replacing moldy air with clean and breathable air.
Most mold professionals usually discard moldy buildings materials like drywall, baseboards, and insulation. These materials are cheap to replace and very impossible to repair and restore. Most professionals will use anti-microbial solutions to clean any mold and stains that were not removed in conventional ways.