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Mold Remediation

I had a leak in my roof that caused about a 2 by 1 foot mold/mildew spot in the wood. I did not know about it and I am currently under contract to sell the house. The buyer is requesting a mold remediation company/contractor do the repairs.

I called a local company (won't use the name) and they wanted over $7,500 to do the repair. They stated the mold was dormant but they cannot guarantee it so they wanted to remove all insulation, install all new insulation, shellac the entire attic (over 1,600 bucks) because they can't guarantee a spore from this 2 foot area didn't go everywhere.... the costs went on and on. Dumpsters, fans, etc. etc.

To add - the reason it is dormant and dry is I had the roof replaced last fall so there is no more leak. This is just an old damaged spot. Thanks

Needless to say its a deal killer and such overkill. Can anyone please help me asap!!! Anyone know a good company that is certified that is willing to just clean the effected area and spray it. Again they said it was dormant and dry. Thanks I would really appreciate it.

created by Xbuckeyex on Jul 17, 2014 at 01:25:14 pm
updated by Xbuckeyex on Jul 17, 2014 at 01:28:20 pm
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Much like asbestos removal and remediation, there is much more to the mold issue than most would imagine. I'll spare you the horror stories.

A couple of possibilities - you may have already called one or more:

AAA Standard Services in Toledo

Cousino-Harris in Perrysburg

Mold has become a really big issue in the real estate and insurance industries. You're not going to sell your home unless you can prove proper remediation - and it doesn't come cheap.

posted by Foodie on Jul 17, 2014 at 03:11:52 pm     #  

They are right though. Just because it's a small spot doesn't mean it didn't spread to other places.

posted by lfrost2125 on Jul 17, 2014 at 03:53:41 pm     #  

Thanks for the help. Anymore suggestions would be great. Called another local company that is mold certified, explained the situation and sent a copy of report. They said they would need to do their own investigation but based on what the report/pictures showed all they would do is the following:

Clean area with Hepa vacuum
Sand Wood
Bleach Area
Apply a Mold Prohibitor
Shellac with clear substance

Said $400-500.

Crazy the difference in the two approaches. One wants to basically tear off the roof and all the insulation the other says you can treat just the area. Both from the same inspection report.

posted by Xbuckeyex on Jul 17, 2014 at 04:11:01 pm     #  

In cases like this though less is not always the best option. Does this company know what they are really doing?? Have you talked to references from the company???

For example I'm licensed for lead abatement, which is now required if your working in a home pre-1978, where you will be disturbing lead paint, ect..

My price is going to be a lot higher than someone that comes in and doesn't do it right. Just because it's cheaper doesn't mean it was done right.

posted by lfrost2125 on Jul 17, 2014 at 04:25:30 pm     #  

They were local companies found on BBB with good ratings. I have no experience with them. I did look at and they state mold remediation can and should be done by homeowner if under 10 by 10 feet. A specialists is not required or mandated and they give instructions on how to do it.

Here's the link:

I am going to have my realtor suggest this first I think.

posted by Xbuckeyex on Jul 17, 2014 at 05:12:30 pm     #  

CousinoHarris is a good start.

posted by Molsonator on Jul 17, 2014 at 05:15:06 pm     #  

Is this something the buyer noticed and made a big deal about, or was this something spotted by a professional inspector? If this is a case where a buyer is just being unnecessarily cautious, perhaps remediation is not necessary.

Was this up in the attic (i.e. out of sight and isolated from the rest of the house) or did the mold spot extend into the interior of the home?

posted by historymike on Jul 17, 2014 at 08:16:18 pm     #  

Cousino Harris is a good company, have actually used them in the past but they like (and quote based on) working insurance claims. I contacted them for a ordor problem in a rental house. They quoted me almost $3000 to fix the problem, AAA quoted me under $700.

posted by MsArcher on Jul 17, 2014 at 10:10:31 pm     #  

lfrost2125 posted at 03:53:41 PM on Jul 17, 2014:

They are right though. Just because it's a small spot doesn't mean it didn't spread to other places.

True on paper.

Yet, one never sees mold in a dry 120+ degree attic, despite venting to the exterior and the environmental availability of spores.

posted by justread on Jul 18, 2014 at 06:49:06 am     #  

I don't think that there is much or any real science behind most claims of maladies related to mold in the home. On the other hand, there are piles of pseudoscience, encouraged by liability lawyers and mold remediation contractors.

Erin Brokovich for example has profited heavily from promoting "toxic mold".

posted by MariaL on Jul 18, 2014 at 01:18:17 pm     #   1 person liked this

So to sum this up - MariaL says mold is over rated...... which is exactly the stance my 18 old son took when i asked him to clean the shower.

posted by Molsonator on Jul 18, 2014 at 01:21:53 pm     #  

Thanks guys for all the suggestions. After hours of research and presenting the buyer with my findings they have agreed that I can remediate per the EPA and OSHA mold remediation standards.

Come to find out there are 5 levels of mold damage and for levels 1 and 2.... Areas under 30 square feet the homeowner should make the remediation on their own following he steps set forth by the EPA.

I would like to give a special thanks to Servpro out of sylvania. They told me about the EPA and OSHA requirements and that I can do it myself. I won't out the big company that gave me an $8k quote but I will be sure to let friends and family members know about my experience. Completely disgusting business practice IMO.

posted by Xbuckeyex on Jul 18, 2014 at 02:00:25 pm     #   2 people liked this