How Much Does Mold Removal Cost?
When mold appears in a home or business, it can produce irritants and allergens that can cause everything from slight health effects to severe health problems. Having a home or office inspected is the first step in effectively handling the potential threat, and taking advantage of the training and expertise of a professional service is the next step to finding a solution to any mold problem.
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Basics of Mold
Mold often grows in areas that have high levels of humidity and moisture, but mold spores are present everywhere. Spores are in the air all around us, both on the inside of our homes and other buildings and outside in our backyards, at the ball field, and everywhere in between.
Mold growth indoors can be particularly dangerous to people, especially those who are very young or who are very old, because it concentrates the amount of spores that we are exposed to. When mold is toxic, this can create the threat of possible severe reactions and illnesses. There are different levels of the danger of mold, but any mold will definitely need to be taken care of.
Signs of Mold
While mold can grow anywhere, there are some common areas to consider checking on a regular basis. Because mold thrives on moisture, areas such as basements, crawl spaces, and bathrooms are prone to spore accumulation. Mold can also hide behind wall panels, wallpaper, and ceiling tile, or underneath carpet. It can also grow in and around ceilings, windows, duct work, and pipes. Doing a thorough home inspection of these areas regularly can help to identify when mold might be a problem.
Another must in finding hidden spores is to investigate any time the smell of mold is noticeable. Mold is also visible, usually appearing fuzzy in an array of colors such as blue, green, and brown. When black mold is visible or found through inspection, call professionals immediately.
Estimated Costs of Removal and Remediation
The cost of remediation and removal varies, depending largely on the size of the area and the extent of the problem as well as the size of the home or business space. For small areas such as bathrooms, attics, or crawl spaces, costs can be estimated at anywhere up to approximately $6,500. For larger scale problems, such as mold growth throughout the ductwork or covering an entire basement, home and business owners might pay up to $35,000.
Depending on the source of the mold, additional costs are also likely. When mold is caused from a leak in a faucet or pipe, for instance, the leak will need to be fixed in order to prevent mold from returning.
Fending Off Further Complications
When removal and remediation are put off to avoid paying to handle the problem, mold continues to grow, creating an even more potentially dangerous environment. This also drives up the cost of the expense, meaning that it will eventually cost even more to take care of the mold problem in a home or business.
The other potential downside to waiting to bring in professionals to remediate mold growth is the possible increase in severity of reactions to the mold. When mold is toxic, this is a particular danger. Costs, too, could increase in terms of medical expense.
Any suspected mold growth should be inspected, whether it can be seen or the smell of mold is evident. Having experts handle everything from the inspection to the removal can not only save money in the long run, but it can also create a healthier, safer environment for everyone.
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