Questions about Mold Remediation, Mold Removal, Mold Clean Up, and Mold Restoration services, please select one of the links below:
- What is the difference between mold and mildew?
- What does mold look like?
- How much does mold remediation cost?
- Should I buy a house with mold?
- How long does it take mold to grow or spread?
- Do I need to hire a mold remediation/removal expert to remove mold, or can I do it myself?
- What about companies that claim to test and remove mold?
- How long does it take to remove mold?
- What is mold remediation?
The difference between mold and mildew is that they are different types of fungi with different colors and textures. Mildew one of the many types of mold that exist but it is more common in a home which is why you may have heard of mildew previously.
Mold can take on a variation of colors, it can be anywhere from dark black to a lighter green color or anything in between. Sometimes it’s very difficult to determine if what is in your home is actually mold, which is why in some cases we recommend an Industrial Hygienist to come out and test for mold before hiring a mold removal company. Although in some cases it’s obvious that mold is present from the smell and visibility of the mold on your wall, basement, ceiling or another part of your home or business. CRD uses the proper equipment to determine if mold is present but an Industrial Hygienist (IH) can find the hidden mold behind the walls or ceilings which is not visible.
As pictured here you can see mold on wood and what one type of mold can look like. Mold could be mistaken for other substances and vice versa as sometimes green mold is wiped down which only causes it to spread further. If you think you have mold, the first step that should be taken would be to hire an Industrial Hygienist to test for mold and if it tests positive than call a mold removal company to remove the mold from your home or building.
Mold removal cost really depends on the project, what type of material is affected, the size of the area and how much time it will take to remove and repair the area. Typically the range could be anywhere from $1,500 to $10,000 for a home project which has visible mold. Removing mold on weekends or emergency removal of mold costs would vary from this range. CRD uses an insurance approved pricing program which estimates the mold cost and we work with insurance companies to agree upon the dimensions and cost of a project.
When determining a mold cost, companies can give a scope of cost with an estimate of a price with a proper IH report or by seeing the site itself and determining how much mold is present with the proper tools. Mold Removal should be completed properly and not by a budget mold remediation company. When comparing prices, also compare what is included in the price and what is left out because having mold reoccur is pricier than saving a few hundred dollars by hiring the wrong company to remove the mold in the first place.
When looking for a new home that has mold in it, always consider the cost that it would take to remove the mold. Sometimes you can get the seller to pay for the mold removal costs, if they really want to sell the property. This is always a delicate situation but if you hire an IH to see how much mold is present it may help to determine how much you should ask for to remove the mold.
If you recently purchased a home with mold, than removing it can be accomplished by first determining if you have visible mold or not. If it’s visible you may be able to call in a mold removal company such as CRD to remove the mold. If it’s not visible than you should have it tested by a third party Industrial Hygienist to determine where the mold is present and how much.
Mold can spread very quickly when it is disrupted by rubbing it or by air spraying against it. If you spot mold in your home, it is not recommended to wipe it down with bleach as bleach does not kill mold just turns it white and will actually make it spread because you are disrupting the mold spores.
Mold spores will spread depending on the environment the mold is situated, the amount of moisture and other consideration that can affect the area which the mold is present.
Mold is very tricky and when trying to attempt to remove mold you can disrupt it and make it worse than previously. When mold remediation is completed it should be set under negative air and contained with containment barriers and commercial grade antimicrobial to prevent the mold from reoccurring.
It is recommended to follow the IICRC mold removal guidelines which the industry uses as a standard to remove mold correctly.
When using a company that both removes the mold and tests it there are no problems until you are faced with a lawsuit or you get sick from the mold because the testing wasn’t done correctly. It might make sense in the beginning because it would save you time and money but what happens in the end could potentially become much worse.
CRD works with reputable and certified Industrial Hygienists (IH) to make sure that your home is tested properly. The company does not test itself because of a conflict of interest as any mold removal company could provide results in the favor of themselves. Always consult a third party IH to make sure you have legitimate results and the mold removal company wouldn’t have input on how the results are produced.
Let’s say your building a house and you hire company XYZ to build the home for you and he says that everything is perfect and gives you a certificate from his company saying that everything has been tested and is great.
Would you be 100% confident that he did a great job? If I was a betting man I would say I’d want to check his work with a home inspector to make sure everything is up to the correct regulations so when you move in you don’t have any headaches to deal with. Imagine a judge hearing your case when someone moved into your home years later and became sick. Would he trust a report which was completed by a mold removal company? Or would he request a certified report from a lab which came back and tested the contents of the home and proved that at that time no mold was present.
A typical job for CRD is anywhere from 1 to 5 days depending on the amount of mold.
Mold Remediation is the process of removing mold from an area.
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