One of the first questions potential clients ask when they call our company about mold remediation is, “How much does mold remediation cost?” Although the answer depends on many variables in each situation, I will do my best to explain some general pricing guidelines.
There are many things to consider when determining price. When you go to buy a car, the price of the base model and the price of the model with all the bells and whistles will vary greatly. The same is true for a mold remediation project. Why do so many people upgrade the project from a simple remediation to one with more options? They do it because they want the remediation to be done properly and completely, and they want their house to be healthy and to stay that way for years to come.
You’re going to live in your house every day and you want to have the maximum enjoyment in your home with the least amount of maintenance. You shouldn’t have to worry if that problem area you had remediated is going to have mold again, or if your family’s health is being endangered.
Unfortunately, some people will only focus on the initial price of the remediation with the goal of finding the cheapest company, therefore sacrificing low-maintenance, quality, warranty, and aesthetics, which inevitably leads to regret—especially considering that unlike a car, a mold remediation cannot be traded in if you are dissatisfied.
How much does a mold remediation cost?
The average price of a mold remediation is between $250 and $10,000. This variation in price is due to a bunch of variables, such as the location of the mold. Is it in the attic, basement, garage, bathroom, crawl space? What options are needed for the success of the remediation? A dehumidifier? What kind of encapsulant? Does an air exchanger need to be installed? Will the ducts need cleaning? Are we installing UVC Lights?
Some of the most common add-ons with a mold remediation:
- Professionally installed dehumidifier
- Duct cleaning
- An air exchange device
- An air-scrubbing device
- UVC lights installed in duct work
- Insulation replacement
- Vapor barrier
As you can see, there are many options available. When someone receives a quote from our company, we go over each detail to educate the homeowner on the benefits. This way, we clarify the value of each add-on to the continued success of the project. For example if the person’s crawl space has mold, we might recommend a vinyl vapor barrier to prevent moisture intrusion through the foundation and a dehumidifier to insure the area remains dry. If it’s an attic, we would likely recommend a polymer encapsulant, which is sprayed on and clear, to prevent the mold from returning. These add-ons are different but each one has its place in that particular circumstance.
Remember, Dead Mold is Still Dangerous.
The goal of every mold remediation is to make the home healthy and to protect the health of the inhabitants going forward. Some companies like to do a “spray and pray” remediation, which involves spraying for mold, without any actual removal of mold or repairing the underlying cause that allowed the mold to flourish. This may cause a placebo effect, where you think the mold spray has solved the problem. In actuality, all the spray did was to send the spores airborne and lighten your pocket. Dead mold spores are still allergenic and if you inhale a dead spore or a live spore you will have an allergic reaction. The only way to rid your home of mold is to remove the mold and fix the source of the moisture that caused it to grow in the first place.