Mold Remediation Maryland Costs
Mold removal is not a service property owners typically budget for. However, home and business owners who need mold removal service in Maryland want to make sure the money spent on such an important restoration project is money spent well.
Along with many other frequently asked questions about mold removal, good consumers want to know how much it will cost for fast, efficient, and safe mold remediation. While pricing is indeed a very important aspect to consider, knowing what your budget will buy you is even more important to ensure the project is done right, ensuring the safety and health of your family or co-workers.
Many factors go into mold removal pricing. Here is a breakdown of key factors to consider and research before choosing a reputable mold remediation service provider in Maryland.
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a world-renowned governing body of many restoration services, including mold removal. The IICRC S520 Guidelines for Mold Removal are the industry standard for safe and healthy remediation in Maryland and many other states.
Consumers should ensure that the mold removal contractor they choose has not only adopted the IICRC S520 Guidelines, but that their technicians are trained and certified as well.
Typically, mold contractors that advertise pricing in the $500.00 to $1,000.00 range inherently cannot afford to offer IICRC qualified services or proper chemical treatment. The sheer cost for certifications and recurring training alone would not allow them to charge such low prices for such a delicate restoration process. Make sure the company you choose and the technicians sent on the job are IICRC certified.
Another risk in hiring a contractor who advertises low prices is risking the fact that they are not fully insured to handle your project, there are guidelines for Maryland mold removal which should be following and special insurance that covers mold and mildew.
Much like IICRC certification, upkeep on insurance and bonds costs money. If the contractor does not charge the proper amount for mold remediation, it is likely they do not have the proper insurance or bonding to cover a mishap on the job.
While the property owner may initially believe they are saving money by hiring the less expensive contractor, when some contractor damages property or mishandles the remediation process and is not insured, the bill is passed to the property owner. The property owner will then spend more money repairing all of the damages as opposed to the money they saved on the less expensive contractor.
Mold Spore Containment
Property owners must understand above all else that once mold is touched, its spores will spread and cause cross-contamination in other areas of the property.
If the mold contractor you choose does not offer proper containment services using HEPA (or comparable) air or vacuum filters, or negative air containment, it is likely that mold will not only return to the affected area but will also spread to other areas of the home or business.
Containment costs money. If a contractor is not charging for containment, chances are that containment is not being done.
Size of Affected Area
The size of the area where the mold has infested has much to do with the costs involved with remediation. Refer to the Maryland Mold Removal Costs chart to see which price range your area falls under.
Independent IH Testing
Industrial Hygienists (IH) are certified to test for mold spore counts before and after remediation has occurred.
Some mold removal contractors advertise free mold testing. If the testing is being done by the contractor themselves, who do the test results benefit? Testing done by the contractor inherently causes a major conflict of interest which does not benefit the consumer.
In order to receive accurate and professional results, a third-part IH must be involved in the remediation process. Reputable mold contractors will only perform a job when an independent IH has been involved. This will guarantee accurate results that benefit the consumer, not the contractor.
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