Mold infestation is unsightly to look at, and a risk to your health and that of your loved ones as well as your pets. This is because upon exposure to mold for a prolonged period, the body reacts against the mold spores by making airways produce excessive mucus that makes it hard to breathe. In asthmatic people and those with a compromised immune system, the effects could lead to complications. For this reason and many more, it is important to have your home inspected for mold presence. This article looks at the average cost of a mold inspection and factors influencing overall cost.
Factors Affecting the Cost of a Mold Inspection
The average cost of mold inspection is about $250-$3500 for residential buildings and above $500 for commercial buildings. However, this price is subject to change due to a number of factors. This part of the article analyzes different factors that affect the average cost of a mold inspection.
- Type of Building
Mold inspection companies usually charge more money for commercial buildings than residential ones. This is probably because of the size of the building, which is obviously larger than a residential building. They use square feet to measure the size of the building and they have a standard price for every square feet. Commercial buildings are also more complex than residential ones in that they have certain building codes, all that may make the prices of mold inspection go a little higher.
- Size of the Building
As aforementioned, professional mold inspectors use square feet to determine the size of a building. Different companies charge a certain amount for every square feet. The price for the whole house is calculated by multiplying the number of square feet by the price of one square feet. A larger house will cost more than a smaller one since it has a higher number of square feet than a smaller house.
- The Inspecting Company
Highly rated and experienced companies are more likely to charge a little higher than those that are just getting started, those that do not have a high rating and are new in the highly competitive industry. This is most probably because experienced companies are more engaged in many bookings and are busy, hence competitive. Despite this, it is important to note that prices do not vary as much, just a slight difference of maybe around tens of dollars. However, you will be more advantaged to work with a highly rated company because they will do a better job than one with lower ratings or a little experience.
- Type and Number of Samples
Professional mold inspectors usually carry out three different tests. The first one is the air quality control sample that is aimed at determining if the airborne levels are within the acceptable limits or are above the limit. The sample is collected by the use of an air pump and a spore trap. A cavity sample is used to determine if above limit levels exist behind the walls. This sample is collected whenever signs of discoloration and moisture are detected on the walls. Surface samples on the other hand are collected from any surface that shows signs of infestation. They are done by the use of a medical swab or tape lift and are aimed at determining the source of the airborne levels.
- Season of the Year
Mold thrives well in humid and warm environments, especially if you do not have a well-functioning air conditioner. A season like spring and autumn has high humidity levels and is a little warm. At this time, the mold has the perfect breeding time and as a result, almost everyone is having their homes inspected. Professional mold inspection companies are busy and engaged and as a result, they charge more due to the tight schedule. The trick is to have your booking in low business season and wait to have your house inspected in the peak season to avoid high charges.
If you see or sense any signs of mold infestation in your home, it is important that you hire professional services to do the job for you because you stand to enjoy many more benefits than when you decide to do the inspection yourself. The professionals do a better job since it is what they do for a living. You also stand to bypass the inspection costs and save some money since some companies charge for testing and remediation but do a free inspection. They also do a thorough job even in the deep areas behind the drywall, and other places you would not have reached when doing the job by yourself.