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Mold Removal Cost – What You Can Expect To Pay

When it comes to having mold removed from your home, one of the things you’ll need to consider is the remediation cost. Of course, the safety and health of your family (there are 7 good ways to know if a mold is dangerous) is more important than the price you’ll have to pay to remove the mold, but it’s still a good idea to be aware of how much something might cost you. If the area is a small one (we’ve got 5 tips for fighting a small infestation), you can remove the mold yourself with just a few dollars worth of cleaning supplies. If you’re concerned about breathing the spores, you can get a respirator, and you’ll still only have spent around $120 to $150.

When The Job Is Too Big

For large areas, though, you’ll need specialists. The remediation cost will be much different if you have someone do it for you, but big areas can’t be handled very easily be a homeowner, so it may be worth posting a few jobs on Gumtree (in the UK) or Craiglist (in the US) for this and see what responses you get. One of the things a mold remediation specialist can do is clean areas like the crawlspace under your home and the ductwork in the walls and attic. Mold spores that get into your heating and cooling system can just get recirculated through your home, continuing to make you sick even if you’ve cleaned up the area where you originally found the mold.

“Alright, so what can it cost?”

The remediation cost of a crawlspace can really vary. It could average as little as $500 or as much as $4,000. If the attic and wall ducts are involved, the cost for those generally ranges from $2,000 to $6,000. If your home has been flooded and the mold is all throughout it, there is much more that has to be done. This could drive your remediation cost up to $10,000 to $30,000 – and it could even go higher, depending on the size of your home.

Remember Insurance Considerations

When you’re considering insurance, make sure you get something that will cover at least part of the remediation cost if you live in a flood zone (we’ve got some tips on handling water damage claims). Most consumers don’t have that kind of money to spend out of pocket, and you probably don’t, either. Even though you’ll have an idea of how much something should cost, be sure to shop around. The first company you find might not be the best one for your needs. The price may be different, and you also have to pay attention to the credentials.

Look For Experienced Remediators

You want people who’ve been removing mold (especially black mold) for a while, not new people who aren’t sure about the job. You’ll also want to see if there is some kind of guarantee offered – and there should be. You don’t want to find out that the people didn’t do their jobs properly and the mold has come back, only to be told that there is nothing that can be done until you pay more money.

Final Thoughts

When you find a company where you feel comfortable with the people, the work ethic, the guarantee, and the remediation cost that fit with your personal finances, you’ll be able to get the mold removed from your home and you and your family can get back to enjoying your lives. You’ll be much healthier, and your home will be a safer place to be.

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42 Responses to “Mold Removal Cost – What You Can Expect To Pay”

  1. We recently purchased a house in 2010 and noticed a few months ago while ripping the carpet up from the upstars that there was water damage by the sliding glass door. we then realized that whoever installed it, do so backwards. So the wood floorin under the carpet has to be replaced as well as the wall all along the floor underneath the sliding glass door downstairs and into my childs bed room. it looks as if there is mold growing above the window in his room. im concerned as he has been having nose bleeds about once or twice a month and have had to put him on a z-pack. do you think that this could be due to mold?? please respond!!!

  2. I recently had black mold removed by a mold remediation specialist, cost $11999.00 for an 1100 sq ft condo (mold was only growing in the bathroom) but the air quality test report said the condo was not habital until remediatied. My question is now that the job has been completed, should there be some kind of guarentee? The company will not let me have the follow-up air quality test until I pay him. I would like to see the results, or have some form of guarentee that the mold wont return in the same place, or that I wont have to go through this again for the same reason any time soon. Please tell me if this is standard procedure. Please help me as this leak occurred 1 week after I got out of the hospital for breaking my fenmur in 4 places! I had to move to a hotel and have been here for one month without reimbursement from my insurance company.
    Thank you.

  3. ATTN CHILD ON Z-PACK WITH MOLDY ROOM!!!!

    I urge you… PLEASE watch the TV show Know The Cause with Doug Kaufman. His website is http://knowthecause.com/ !!!!!

  4. From http://www.cdc.gov/mold/stachy.htm

    Facts about Stachybotrys chartarum and Other Molds

    I heard about “toxic molds” that grow in homes and other buildings. Should I be concerned about a serious health risk to me and my family?

    The term “toxic mold” is not accurate. While certain molds are toxigenic, meaning they can produce toxins (specifically mycotoxins), the molds themselves are not toxic, or poisonous. Hazards presented by molds that may produce mycotoxins should be considered the same as other common molds which can grow in your house. There is always a little mold everywhere – in the air and on many surfaces. There are very few reports that toxigenic molds found inside homes can cause unique or rare health conditions such as pulmonary hemorrhage or memory loss. These case reports are rare, and a causal link between the presence of the toxigenic mold and these conditions has not been proven.

    In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children. In 2009, the World Health Organization issued additional guidance, the WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality: Dampness and Mould [PDF, 2.52 MB].

    A common-sense approach should be used for any mold contamination existing inside buildings and homes. The common health concerns from molds include hay fever-like allergic symptoms. Certain individuals with chronic respiratory disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, asthma) may experience difficulty breathing. Individuals with immune suppression may be at increased risk for infection from molds. If you or your family members have these conditions, a qualified medical clinician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment. For the most part, one should take routine measures to prevent mold growth in the home.

    Whenever I see someone using terms like ‘black mold’ or ‘dangerous mold’, I recognize these statements as exaggerations or scare statements.

    Read the entire CDC document.

  5. I just got a call from my renter that the de-humidifier in the basement stopped collecting water about a month ago (!!!!!!!!). He says now there is mold growing in on the wall/floor trim and the bottom of the doors.

    Is it likely it has gone behind the walls? Should I attempt to wipe it clean with Boric Acid?

    or should I call a professional? any suggestions out there?

  6. I found my dream home, however I am extremly allergic to mold and this house has quite a bit of mold in its basement. It’s a real deal breaker when I price mold removal. Can I fix it on my own?? Should I pursue an agreement with the seller or request that they fix the problem?

  7. Diane, that dream home, if not properly dealt with, could quickly turn into a nightmare. I would definitely get this entirely and completely dealt with before closing any deal. Be willing to walk away in your negotiations. If they can’t get this completely resolved I wouldn’t sign the deal and, even then, if the damage is severe the hope of a thorough remediation, especially given your allergy, is very small.

  8. I have a easy solution to pretty much all your mold issues and you can choose to hire an inspector such as myself or go to my website and order my book that tells you step by step on how to test, read lab, when to call an inspector or remediate the mold and save the money. Warning! It can be costly if you do it yourself too, but I give you all the different options and there are many. I wrote the book to help people that can’t afford to pay some of the rates that Hygienists/mold inspectors and mold remediation companies charge. My phone number is on the site as well. So you can call me for a free consultation to better know what you may be dealing with. I’m a Certified Environmental Hygienist/Mold Inspector and Certified Environmental Science Technician.

  9. Please tell me who is best for such problems.

  10. In 2005 My wife and I bought our dream home. The house that we would be married in (3 months after closing) and raise our children in (we now have 3 little ones, all under 5…). It was a beautiful 100 year old Victorian in the historic town of Collingswood, NJ which is 10 mintues from Philly. The one thing we didn’t like was the enclosed front porch. We figured we would eventually get to opening it up and creating a large wrap-around porch that was likely what was there when the home was originally built. In 2006 we had a series of really bad rain storms and I noticed that it leaked pretty bad on this porch in a few areas. We only kept some cardboard boxes out there and we made sure they weren’t near the leaky parts so it wasn’t a big deal. I did notice that at the end of 2006 the space smelled really musty and bothered me when I would go in there. I have asthma and am pretty sensitive to certain indoor air issues. One day my wife said she thought there might be mold in there and I needed to check it out since by then we were expecting our first child. I peeled back the carpet and was shocked at what I saw. Pure black mold everywhere. I had done some mold remediations in the course of running my small design-build company, but this was really bad. I began doing research on mold and its affects on people and property and I was stunned at how bad it was. This seemed a little outside of the level of experience I had with mold removal so I called in a few local experts to give me pricing. The first quote was $15,000 and the next one was $18,000 and both involved pretty much ripping the porch off and starting over. I almost fell over. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t have 15,000 dollars and at the same time I didn’t want my pregnant wife, myself or eventual newborn to be exposed to this potentially dangerous material. I finally bit the bullet and borroed the money to have it removed. I was so intrigued by the whole process I decided at the end of the job that I would focus solely on mold testing and mold removal and that’s what I did. I’ve been doing it ever since and I truly enjoy my work and the people I get to help every day. I have a degree in biology so after 10 years of not using it I finally get to say it has paid off in certains respects (microbiology). I encourage all my clients to do research on mold and it’s removal before I give them a price so they can avoid the feeling I had when I first saw my mold remediation price. Please feel free to email me with any questions about mold testing and mold removal. thanks! Tom McGuire Eco Tech Mold

  11. A lot of times you need to ask the mold remediation company what exactly they are charging for as some companies will not do repairs only remediation and will leave your house free of mold but completely upside down.

  12. My name is Joe and I am the owner at Elite Green Air Technology. I’ve been reading these posts and I’m surprised about the lack of actual action to rid and destroy these spores. While it is true that we live with Mold on a daily basis it does not mean that it is healthy. If you are noticing health complications and it can be definitively linked to Mold than get out. Don’t wait for someone to confirm the health risk. This is for the land lord above. I deal with land lords allot and most do exactly what you said. They go in and wipe the surface down with bleach or some other chemical and because they don’t see it they think it’s gone. Truth is all your doing is disturbing the spores and spreading it around the area. If it’s near a HVAC intake unit you risk making it air borne throughout the system and the home affecting a much broader area. Also to all of the homeowners and renters out there, if you can visibly see the Mold on the interior portion of your dwelling 99% of the time it is contaminated behind the wall at a much larger area. That is why remediators always cut 18 inches out from the mold affected area. Keep in mind this is a serious threat to our health. People at one time believed lead paint was safe and look at the after affects of that.

  13. For the person who asked if mold could come back after it has been cleaned, the answer is yes it is possible for mold to grow back once it has been removed and yes it happens quite often, for this recurring problem there is also another service that is guaranteed to prevent mold growth and it is also very expensive to have but definitely cheaper than going through the whole ordeal again.

  14. Im a traveller, diver and mold remediation pro ( in that order)
    On one of my recent trips to Orlando, with wife and three daughters,
    we had the unpleasant experience of staying in a mold infested hotel room. There were three other rooms available, all mold damaged,
    so we picked the least mold contaminated room and injured the night.
    Every hotel was booked and we were out of options.
    I found it hard to believe in this day we have governing bodies in every facet of our lives why not check the rooms in hotels as part of the inspection the health departments make to these establishments?
    Any one with an asthmatic child or immune issue would be very
    unhappy in any of the three rooms we were offered.
    FloodX.

  15. Thanks for this information. I am a clean freak and the thought of going into a crawlspace just terrifies me. I had no idea mold could be harmful!!! Well, time to do some checking for professional cleaning experts. Thanks guys!

  16. Where can someone go for help with mold in their walls or under the house,to have it removed at a discount price? Some of these people are unable to move but cannot afford such a high cost of mold removal, some can’t afford anything at all, but are getting sick where they live. They aren’t renting from a landlord and can’t afford home insurance either. Their only income is social security or disability benifits.

  17. How would I test my home to fined out if I have a mold problem? I can not see any mold I would like to test for air born mold and if there is a kit I can buy to do it my self. thank you

  18. I’m thinking of purchasing a 2500 sq ft home that has black mold throughout. The listing cost is extremely cheap and the home is beautiful. Any idea on how much I would have to pay to renovate the home? It is a two-story home with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths and a finished basement.

  19. Molds are types of fungi that can grow on almost any surface as long as there is enough oxygen and moisture present. The cost of mold removal rises depending on the surface area affected, if the mold-ridden area is relatively small, from three to five feet wide. You can remove mold by scrubbing the area with water and detergent.

  20. I have mold in my basement on one wall behind the wall. How much should that cost me and how do I fix it?

  21. To Susan from the owner of a remediation company: Although it may appear that the company that performs the mold remediation service should provide a guarantee that mold will not return, I’d like to offer another perspective:
    What causes mold? High humidity, water intrusion, lack of air movement, and darkness. Any 3 of these conditions can cause mold growth. How can the remediation company control these variables? They can’t. This is the job of the property owner and falls under the category of normal maintenance. The reason for the post cleaning verification sample by an independent third party indoor air hygienist or other qualified person is to confirm that the indoor spore counts are ‘less than outdoors’. This is the way the IICRC S520 standard is written and is designed to show that the mold job reduced the indoor counts sufficiently to provide a habitable environment. The cost to remediate Susan’s property sounds excessive however I don’t know all the details surrounding this particular case. If she paid for the air quality test she is entitled to the test results. If not, she isn’t. These tests cost money and it is reasonable to expect to be paid. However, given the high cost to remediate, if Susan paid for that remediation, in this case the company should have provided her with a copy of the air test results.

    Remediation companies can offer guarantees however normally the treated area must be sealed with a tinted product designed to ‘run’ if the treated area is affected by water intrusion or high humidity. This way everyone can visually see whether water or moisture returned causing the mold to return. The product can be applied underneath a finish coat of paint. The process works well; the owner knows if there is a problem much sooner, hopefully before mold returns.

  22. I dropped off my car on 11/11/12 for shipment shipped from the mainland to Hawaii. It arrived about a week and a half later than expected due to bad weather conditions. We were able to pick it up on 12/10/12 only to find the interior of the car covered with mold growth. What are your recommendations to rid my car of the mold infestation which includes hard surfaces, upholstery, carpet & reconditioning systems, etc? Thanks, Deb

  23. POST SANDY STORM . TORE UP SHINGLES AND SMALL PART OF ALUMINUM SIDING. THAT WE HAD REPAIRED IMMEDIATLY. WHEN CONTRACTOR WENT TO REPLACE TILED CEILING THAT WAS WET IN A SMALL AREA IN MY DAUGHTERS UPSTAIRS BEDROOM HE FOUND WET INSULATION. HE TORE CEILING DOWN AND REMOVED INSULATION. HE DISCOVERED THE BEGINNINGS OF MOLD- WHITE IN COLOR MOSTLY-ON THE PLYWOOD. THE INSURANCE COMPANY IS NOW SENDING A MOLD REMEDIATION OUTFIT TO THE HOME TO INSPECT. THE ONLY TROUBLE IS THERE IS A LIMIT OF $10000 ON WHAT THEY COVER FOR MOLD. IF THEY SAY THE COST WILL BE $25000 WHAT IF ANY OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE. I ALSO PUT IN A FEMA CLAIM BUT SINCE I HAVE INSURANCE THEY SAID GO THRU THEM. I DONT THINK I CAN COME UP WITH AN ADDITIONAL $ SHOULD IT BE MORE THAN $10000. AT WITS END!

  24. My daughter is planning to buy a house in Long Valley, NJ. The seller states that he had mold remediation done on the attic crawl space . Is there such a thing as lifetime guarantee against molds coming back given by companies?

  25. I AM NOW 1/22/13 GOING THROUGH CRAWL SPACE REMEDIATION AND ENCAPSULATION . I HAVE RECIVED 4 ESTIMATES WITH WIDE RANGES SOME NOT DOING THE JOB COMPLETE 1200 SQ FT FROM $7500 TO $ 11500, I HAVE A FOLDER THICK WITH INFO, I HAVE SEEN THE PICTURES, HOPEFULLY THEY WERE MINE,HA HA ! THIS IS BUYER BEWARE AT ITS BEST. MY INS CO SENT THEIR MAN BUT SAID WE DIDN’T HAVE TO USE THEMNO LOYALTY HERE… THEY CAPPED AT $10,000, THANKFULLY MINE WILL FALL AROUND $8400 TO $9400 INCLUDING A $ 1000 DEHUMIDIIFIER ANY QUESTION / ANSWERS CVHIT CHAT CALL 732-539-7554

  26. After everything I have gone through and still going through, I couldn’t not post everything I have learned on here to help others. First and foremost, if you see mold, you do not need to test. If you just suspect and want air quality tests done etc., DO NOT use a company that offers both testing and remediation. And DO NOT use a company that offers a free test. Think about it….both are ways to bring a whole lot more business to themselves by stating you do have mold. You want a 3rd party to test, and then you want another party who is not affiliated with the testing party to do the remediation. Then you can use the same tester to re-test afterwards.

    We are nearing the end of our road with the mold remediation etc. but I would highly warn anyone who is looking at/wanting to buy a home with known mold. Don’t do it! Even if the house has EVERYTHING you’ve ever wanted in a home, mold is enough to ruin all of that. After the first round of remediation, I still felt really sick when I go in my home. Turns out we had mold under our fireplace. That will be remediated next week, and then we’ll see how I feel. My husband feels some symptoms as well when he goes in, so our worry is becoming “Can we live in this house again?”

    When I started going through this, I joined Angie’s List to find people in my area that came highly rated. Yes, it’s $10 a month, but it’s been so worth it. I have yet to have someone out from that site that I haven’t been happy with. Be smart, read other people’s reviews carefully before calling around. AND, make sure to get more than one estimate.

    DO NOT question your symptoms. If you or someone in your home start become sick and are showing symptoms of mold exposure, do a test and go stay elsewhere for a couple of days. If you/them feel better, you will know it is something in your home. We had water pour through our fireplace during Sandy and within a month after, myself and my kids started getting sick. I went and stayed with my brother for a night and felt much better and actually slept (was up all night in panic at my house, didn’t know why). I dealt with horrendous congestion where I was constantly blowing out green stuff from my nose and pulling it up from my throat, was always out of breath (and I work out 6 days a week), tired, had this awful stomach pain and was not eating anything for days at a time, started having some really weird and scary thoughts. All of which have gone away now that we have not been living in our home for 2 months. It took a good month before my congestion went away, that was the one lagging symptom.

    Read as much as you can on mold and exposure and how to remediate etc. We have been fighting with our builder (we had our home built 6 years ago, and this has been a recurring leak since we moved in) and there have been several times that my knowledge has actually really helped me. They have tried whatever they can to wear us out and make us give up, but I will not do so until things are 100% taken care of.

    Hope this helps someone out there :)

  27. I know I have mold in my basement and have 1 estimate so far. The mold remediation company told me that I will need to throw away just about evrything in the basement. They said that they can “treat” a few things that I really want to keep e.g. a treadmaster machine and select other glass, plastic or metal items (my Kitchenaid mixer and my granddaughter’s Barbie jeep). Everything else has to be trashed– (kitchen gadgets, pots, crock pots, grandchildren’s toys, plastic table & chairs, christmas decorations, serving dishes in cloth carrying cases, luggage etc.

  28. Thanks to all for great info. We are looking to buy a gorgeous home, but it needs a new roof, new ceilings because of water damage, and there is a small area of mold on the corner of one of the 1st floor ceilings. Its about 6 in long and 1 in wide. We love the house, but can’t afford to put more than 20-25 grand into it. Wondering if anyone has any idea what an estimated remediation might look like? I get that if there is visible mold, there’s some bwhind the wall, but a lot? Can we just tear a section of drywall out and replace? Thanks!

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  30. Mold remediation services are more important than people typically think. Knowing what causes mold is the first step in combating it. Mold comes from uncontrolled moisture sources, such as poor ventilation, excessive humidity, water vapors from showers; or letting areas stay damp for extended periods of time. Mold from water is a very common occurrence, whether it is a leaky faucet or an unsecured dryer vent hose. It doesn’t take very much moisture for conditions to be right for mold growth. Mold grows from tiny little spores however, making it hard to see by the naked eye until the growth is well and truly established.

  31. Mold remediation in crawl spaces is always the most costly while presenting the most risk that remediation will not be done correctly. It is extremely important to review the qualifications of your contractor before signing on the dotted line.

  32. My parents are redoing their home that they built in 91 and had to start with removing the mold. Their basement was filled with black mold from a leaky hot water heater and an upstairs toilet leaked causing black mold in the kitchen ceiling. 4,000 sq ft home and it’s going to cost $40-50,000 only for the mold removal. They’re paying another company separately to repair everything after everything has been torn out during the mold removal process. If you have a small mold problem handle it NOW! The longer you wait the worse it gets, it does not just go away on its own!

  33. I think It doesn’t take very much moisture for conditions to be right for mold growth

  34. Thanks for you post. I really like the information which you have shared.

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  38. I need help! We bought the home, and I never realized that this bathroom was never painted! Only textured – and now we have mold. I kept putting it off for “next weekend” and I kept getting busy. The mold was a lot worse towards the far end of the bathroom but I scrubbed it with borax/water solution. I’m afraid that I’ll have to sand the texture off to get the *possible* mold that’s been growing inward. Any suggestions as to professional pricing? Or is this still under my control? Picture http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j159/glidin/Mobile%20Uploads/EBE9521F-515F-418A-98D0-15B12921EA6C_zpsbngnezjp.jpg

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  40. Our house is on the market to sell. After a prospective buyer was concerned about the musky smell in our basement we had a mold inspection. The regular inspector and a local contractor saw no signs of visable mold. The mold person put his flash light on the floor joints in the basement and said what looks like dust is actually mold. He also thought our crawl spaces were the cause they have dirt floors. We have lived here for 10 years and although I agree the basement smells no one in my family seems to be affected. The mold person is suggesting a very expensive remediation. My question is this is clearly not black mold and is surface at best do we need a big remediation. I do think we should do something with the caw spaces, but to clean the whole basement seems overkill.

  41. I have the same question as Giovanina. But the mold inspector did not think there was mold and was surprised when the swab was positive. Now what do we do? We don’t have any crawl spaces.

  42. Have mold in 3 rooms under carpeting. trying to get help in removing & mold, along with cost. Haveto replace carpeting

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