Calgary Mold Removal Cost
The Calgary floods caused significant damage to homes and businesses. With water, you have mold and unless your property was completely dried out before any rebuild, there may still be moisture concerns that will lead to mold.
The purpose of this article is to answer these three questions for Calgary residents that need mold removal:
1. How is a mold problem determined?
2. How do I know the mold removal contractor is a professional?
3. How much does mold removal cost?
How Is A Mold Problem Determined?
There are three key steps a mold inspector will take to determine if there is a mold problem:
1. Identify the cause of the mold problem.
2. Determine if moisture problems are still present.
3. Determine the type of mold.
Identify The Cause of the Mold Problem
This is the most important step because there is no point in removing mold if the source of the moisture is still present. During this initial interview, you will be asked about past moisture problems that could be caused by flooding, leaks, excessive humidity, etc. At the same time, the inspector will likely check the levels of humidity and moisture levels using specialized equipment.
If moisture issues are identified, then the next step is to…
Determine If Moisture Problems Are Still Present
The primary objective is to find the moisture problem and then make sure that it is no longer an issue. For example, if you have a leaky roof, leaky pipes, seepage, high humidity levels, then these problems must first be fixed because it is this moisture which is causing mold.
Sometimes, determining the source of the moisture can be difficult. For instance, let’s say the home has mold, but no history of flooding, no identifiable water stains, and no apparent moisture issues, then the mold inspector may recommend Thermal Imaging be done because the source of the moisture could be hidden and occurring inside the walls of the property.
Before moving on to the next step, the cause of the moisture issues must first be addressed and fixed because there is no point in removing mold unless the underlying cause is fixed.
Once the moisture problems are identified, the next step is to…
Determine The Type of Mold
At this stage, the first priority of the professional is to verify that you indeed have mold which can be done through a visual inspection and a thorough survey of the areas of concern. Smell may also be present which is a strong indication that there is mold present. If there is visual mold, then usually a tape or swab sample will be taken that can be sent to a lab to be identified. In some cases, there may not be any visual mold which could be hidden behind walls. In instances like this, the mold inspector may recommend further testing, such as an air quality test.
Once the lab results come back, you will be provided with the results so that you understand what the spore count is and what type of mold is present in your property.
After your initial investment into the mold inspection and air quality tests (if applicable) and it is verified that you have a mold problem, then you need to determine which mold removal company you will work with.
How Do I Know the Mold Removal Contractor is a Professional?
One of the concerns in our industry is the lack of licensing and regulation. What this means is any contractor who wants to cash in on mold removal can even if they are not qualified or have experience. If you search for Calgary mold removal companies on Google, you will find many businesses that offer mold removal services.
But how do you know if they are qualified?
At minimum, if you are concerned that you have a mold problem and need it remediated, then you should get estimates from a minimum of three qualified contractors, and check to see what their BBB rating is. In addition, qualify the contractor, by asking these questions:
1. Will the mold removal contractor give you a written contract/change order?
2. Will the mold removal contractor give you a remediation plan?
3. Will the mold removal contractor give you a post-remediation report?
4. Will the mold removal contractor recommend independent indoor environmental professionals that can provide you with a post-remediation verification report, so that their work is verified as a success?
5. Will the mold removal contractor give you proof of insurance?
6. Are the mold removal contractor’s employees trained through recognized organizations like the IICRC?
7. Will the mold removal contractor set up containment to prevent cross contamination?
8. Will the mold removal contractor use negative air machines and air scrubbers to clean the air?
9. Will the mold removal contractor give you a list of referrals and their contact details?
10. Will the mold removal contractor use DOP (Dispersed Oil Particulate) tested equipment which is a process that tests the integrity of the HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters used?
You should get YES answers to all of these questions and if you don’t then you should likely interview another contractor.
Once you are comfortable and you have short-listed the contractors you may want to work with, then you should request the following documents:
1. An itemized estimate for mold removal.
2. A mold removal scope of work.
3. A contract, sometimes referred to as an Authorization to Proceed.
Itemized Estimate For Mold Removal
This is the most important document because it will provide you with a line by line breakdown of all the costs involved in your remediation project. In short, the estimate details what you are paying for.
If you get an estimate with simply one line that says “Mold Remediation and then a dollar amount”, then be careful about committing because such an estimate does not really tell you what you are paying for. Instead, when you get a quote, demand to know what the costs are for the following: equipment; garbage removal; materials and consumables; mold removal labor; documentation; equipment decontamination; management charges; etc. Such a break down will give you a much better idea of what you are paying for and allow you to do a better comparison with other quotes.
Mold Removal Scope of Work
A work plan is essential and you need to get this because it outlines exactly what the mold removal contractor will do for you. If the contractor you are considering is not willing to provide a scope of work or remediation plan, then definitely walk away because any contractor that is not willing to give you a written plan, likely does not have a plan and may make the situation worse.
Contract / Authorization to Proceed
A written contract is imperative and should be thoroughly reviewed before signing. Once the contract is signed, the work can begin.
How Much Does Mold Removal Cost?
This is difficult question to answer because there are so many factors involved. In fact, according to Mold Remediation Dot Com, the cost can range from $500 to $30,000, which is a huge variance. Why? Simply put, every job and situation is different. The three most important factors in determining the cost of a mold removal project are:
1. How much of the area is infected with mold?
2. What kind of materials are infected?
3. How easy is it to access the mold?
Once these three questions are answered, then a mold removal estimate can be prepared along with the scope of work. On average, the typical household mold removal project will range from $2,000 to $6,000 while most commercial projects are usually more. There is no easy answer to this question because every situation is different and this is the reason we specifically advise that you compare quotes from at least three companies.
As a final note, don’t just go with the cheapest quote, hire professionals who have training and experience…you get what you pay for! If you have questions, please contact us, we are here to help. 🙂
— MSZ Restoration (@mszrestoration) June 19, 2015