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Can I Afford Mold Removal and Cleanup?

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

Flood cuts were performed in this basement after suffering water damage and to remove future mold problems. Basement in Salt Lake City, UT suffered water damage and flood cuts were performed to remove all damage materials to avoid mold growth.

When you discover mold in your Salt Lake City, UT, home, get to work immediately to get rid of the problem. Mold spreads easily and quickly because spores travel on the air, on clothing, and even on pets or family members. Respond quickly to keep the costs of remediation and repairs as low as possible. Unfortunately, professional mold removal can get into the thousands or tens of thousands if the problem is significant.

Costs of Mold Removal and Cleanup

How Do the Costs Break Down?

The costs may seem daunting, but there are several factors that influence how much you'll end up paying. Keep these in mind as you calculate your removal and cleanup budget:

  • Certified Industrial Hygienists have earned an industry-approved degree and certifications. They provide lab results and a thorough report of their assessments.
  • Mold remediation professionals have the training and specialized equipment to treat affected areas while preventing spores from traveling and spreading. These technicians will handle most of the work involved.
  • Mold removal and cleanup efforts involve removing affected materials, cleaning and disinfecting throughout the area, replacing materials that have been too badly damaged, and using a HEPA filtration system to contain spores. Black mold removal may require extra steps to ensure safety.
  • Remediation costs are the most likely to vary and are dependent on the extent of the damage.

In general, the best way to keep remediation costs down is to catch the problem early and take steps right away to be sure spores and mildew don't spread. You may feel tempted to handle cleanup on your own, but the potential for spreading spores and causing further damage is high.

Will Your Insurance Cover the Costs?

Some homeowners' insurance policies cover the cost of repairs and remediation, but others don't. If the mold is the result of a slow leak that should have been addressed, mold removal probably won't be covered. A burst pipe that occurs suddenly may be covered. The best way to be certain about your coverage is to ask your insurance agent for specifics.

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