Microbial growth remediation services can cost between $1,500 to $6,000 or more, excluding any repair work that needs to be done.
This price range can vary quite a bit depending on the following factors:
Microbial growth remediation can be expensive so it’s helpful to have an idea of what you might be paying. Although you’ll need to get an exact quote from a contractor, let’s take a closer look at each of the above factors to help you plan for the potential cost.
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Cost factor #1: The location of the microbial growth
If the microbial growth is difficult to access or has affected porous materials and surfaces, you’ll pay for more remediation.
Microbial growth can grow in many different places within a home, such as in:
- Air ducts
- HVAC systems
- Crawl spaces
- Drywall or concrete walls
The cost of remediation will depend on how large the area is and how difficult it is to access. For example, smaller areas with microbial growth (such as a crawl space) may cost around $500 while removing microbial growth from your entire basement could cost $2,500 or more.
Naturally, if the microbial growth is difficult to access, it will require more labor and expertise to remove. And if it is growing on a porous area (like a wood wall) it will be more difficult to clean than a non-porous hard location like a bathtub and will cost more to get rid of.
Other locations may require special cleaning services to thoroughly remove all airborne microbial spores and prevent regrowth, such as microbial growth that is growing inside your heating or ventilation system. The cost to get rid of microbial growth inside HVAC equipment can range from $1,500 to $10,000.
If the worst has happened and toxic spores have spread throughout your entire home, you can expect to pay between $10,000 and $30,000 for whole-house remediation. Why the hefty price tag? Because you’ll likely need to repair water damage, replace drywall and other surfaces and restore some personal belongings before returning them to your home.
Cost factor #2: The extent of the microbial growth infestation
If the microbial growth infestation is extensive, it will cost more to get rid of.
The extent of an infestation depends on two main factors:
- The size of the water source
- The duration of time it has been allowed to grow
Microbial growth that has gone undetected for a while or that has access to lots of moisture is likely to be more difficult to remove than a brand new spot you recently noticed. An area with deeper growth on a porous surface will also be more expensive to remove because the entire surface may need to be replaced if the infection has gone too far.
An experienced and licensed contractor can assess the damage and provide accurate details on the extent of the growth and the cost for remediation.
Cost factor #3: Any additional services needed
Depending on the damage caused by the microbial growth, you may also need to pay for repairs to your home.
To fully remedy the microbial growth issue and prevent any further issues, you may need to pay for one or more of the following services (in addition to remediation) to ensure that your home is restored to a safe and healthy living environment:
- Water extraction: A contractor may need to remove excess or standing water from your home. This can cost $2,000 or more to complete.
- Restoration of personal belongings: Personal items like clothes, upholstered furniture and mattresses may need to be restored or replaced to prevent any regrowth. The cost for this can vary greatly depending on the extent of the damage.
- Drywall repair or replacement: Fixing or replacing damaged drywall in your home can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $2,900.
- Carpet replacement: When it comes to microbial growth, carpet can easily get damaged beyond repair. Replacing it may cost $760 to $2,500 or more.
- Flooring repairs: Repairing vinyl, wood or tile flooring can cost between $190 and $530.
A contractor can take a close look at your home and recommend any additional repair services that you might need.
Cost factor #4: The contractor you choose
An experienced, high-quality contractor will charge more for remediation.
All contractors charge different hourly rates. However, you can expect to pay more if you want the job done right the first time. Instead of taking the lowest quote you get, consider searching for a highly qualified contractor who will provide superb customer service and the best quality service.
A reputable and trustworthy contractor should:
- Have many years of experience in business
- Have experience cleaning up microbial growth
- Be highly rated on Better Business Bureau and websites like Google, Facebook and Yelp
- Be EPA-certified
Hiring an expert will ensure that you get a long-term solution that addresses the underlying causes of the microbial growth. They’ll also be able to provide expert recommendations that will help you avoid future issues with microbial growth.
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This blog was written on May 27, 2021. Any pricing information is subject to change.