Few words strike terror into the hearts of Illinois homeowners like “mold” can. It certainly looks unsightly, but it can also cause illness in you and your family members. Furthermore, mold growth can weaken your home’s structural integrity, including the walls, ceilings, and floors.
Fortunately, there’s a pretty straightforward process of dealing with any potential mold in your home.
Unfortunately, mold tests aren’t free. Visual mold inspections sometimes can be, but not the actual tests themselves. It’s the opposite of what a homeowner wants to hear, but it’s important.
Often, mold grows without your knowledge (or consent). You won’t have any idea it’s developing until you eventually notice a musty odor.
Sometimes you can see it, but more often than not, by that point, it’s grown so much that Illinois mold remediation is going to involve a complete home restoration.
One homeowner developed mold in her home due to a gradual plumbing leak, and by the time she could smell the odor emanating from her walls, she had to hire a flood restoration team to tear apart her kitchen, remediate the mold, and build a new kitchen. The mold removal alone, not including the cost of remodeling her kitchen, ran $15,000. A HAZMAT scene probably isn’t the ideal way to get a new kitchen.
If you’re deeply suspicious that you might have a mold problem, it’ll probably be worth the cost to hire a mold inspection company. The average price of mold testing – not removal, just testing – is $834, according to HomeAdvisor.com. If that price makes you almost as sick as the mold does, you could buy a mold testing home kit, which generally runs anywhere from $10 to $50, but is often unreliable.
Even if the tests indicate mold growth in your home, it might not be as huge of an ordeal as expected. All homes have some kind of mold. If it’s a small area, some websites recommend using a bleach solution – this might get rid of existing mold, but it won’t address the source or keep it from coming back even stronger.
Taking that fact into consideration, it’s probably wise to hire the professionals.
Another homeowner experienced mold in her home that was making her son sick. When doctors couldn’t figure out why his stomach hurt and he had headaches all the time, the homeowner scheduled an air test to see if mold could be the problem.
Unsurprisingly, the problem was with a dehumidifier in the basement. It had been attached to the pipes behind the wall in an effort to keep the basement dry. Apparently the dehumidifier pipe disconnected from the drain pipe behind the wall and had been leaking water for months, maybe years.
Twenty-four hours after the test, a team of technicians came in and demolished her basement to get rid of the extensive mold problem.
The cost of remediation and renovation set this homeowner and her family back $40,000. They all had to move into her sister’s house for six weeks, but they were happy to notice that her son’s health condition improved almost immediately.
Mold removal scams are not uncommon. For instance, Kentucky experienced an increase in reported residential mold cases after spring and early summer thunderstorms and flooding. This summer, the state alerted its citizens to be vigilant for mold remediation scam artists.
Knowing that price gouging is a possibility is undeniably troubling. It’s pretty easy to steer clear from an obviously shady operation, such as a guy who claims to do business out of the trunk of his car. However, you’d almost have to be an Illinois mold remediation expert to know if a reputable company might be price gouging. We recommend getting two estimates so you know your options when it comes to Illinois mold remediation costs. It’s also important to make sure the company is licensed.
Always keep an occasional eye out for mold even if you don’t think you have a mold problem. The best way to keep mold away is to catch it early, since no home can be completely devoid of damp, moist places. Here are some other tips to heighten your vigilance:
- Ensure the caulk around water fixtures holds up. This includes kitchen and bathroom sinks and any showers. Any leaks can be a source of mold.
- Keep your gutters clean and clear. Preventing standing water in your gutters significantly lowers your chance of Illinois mold growth on exterior walls.
- Make sure your windows are sealed, especially on the outside. This measure will protect your home from leaks during rain showers or storms.
- Fix any roof leaks. Leaks in an attic or crawl space above your ceiling can go unnoticed for years and cause mold growth.
- Pay attention to crawl spaces and basements. Water under your home can lead to mold and/or foundation issues.
One way to think of mold is as an uninvited house guest. Good hosts don’t stay only in the popular areas of the home. Every once in awhile, a good host drops by the nooks and crannies of the home to see if any introverted guests might be hiding. Mold in your home might be more shy than you’d expect.