Whenever you are in charge of a building — whether it be an apartment complex, hospital, nursing home, or construction site — mold is always a concern. It causes health issues and also compromises the structure or furnishings of a building. Mold can spread quickly, especially after wet weather. It only takes 1-2 days in wet or humid conditions. Outside sources, such as rain or indoor dampness or leakage, contribute to the spread of mold. And once you have mold, it’s difficult to ever fully get rid of it. This calls for drastic measures, like mold remediation.
Mold remediation could include taking apart dry wall, ripping up floor tiles, or even knocking out walls and windows. As you can probably guess, this gets rather expensive — especially in a commercial-sized building. The average price for a homeowner is around $20,000. Given the size of most hospitals, that number could be much more if the mold problem is bad. On the other hand, dehumidifier rentals cost roughly $150-$200 each week. Obviously, being preventative is much cheaper than damage control.
Why is Mold Remediation So Expensive?
There are a number of factors contributing to this high price, including:
- Inspecting and testing for mold
- Determining a source
- Solving water/moisture problems
- Renting remediation equipment
- Cleaning material
- Removing debris
- Replacing infected materials
Of course, the price also varies with the amount of damage in your facility.
What to Do About Mold Problems
First, you should do everything in your power to prevent mold. In addition to the health risks, facility managers also have to worry about how mold remediation might disrupt business. It is recommended that you monitor humidity levels and keep them relatively low, between 40% and 50%.
A dehumidifier is an excellent way to make sure conditions in your building remain cool and dry. It is also important to keep proper ventilation to discourage mold growth. If you notice mold spores, act immediately. If you can address flooding, moisture, or mold growth early on, you have a better chance of avoiding a hefty remediation bill.