What should I expect from mold remediation?
October 3, 2011 7:03 AM Subscribe
Tell me about getting mold cleaned from inside a wall. I am freaking out.
posted by anonymous to Home & Garden (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
A sewage pipe cracked inside my wall, I don't know when. The seeping black water caused a mold colony to grow inside the wall. At some point moist spots appeared along the wall near the floor. We had a plumber cut the wall open, and found the cracked pipe and the mold colony.
From what I can tell the mold is only a few square feet, on drywall, old insulation that will be pulled out, and possibly on a little wood.
I've had two remediators out to look at it. The first guy came out and estimated $1k to clean it up, said it'd take a day, and that the whole situation was minor. But he went MIA when I asked for a written estimate -- he promised it several times over the course of a week, to no avail. So I called a second guy whose name I saw on a community web board. That guy promptly prepared a written estimate for $2K, which includes all kinds of air scrubbing and so forth. I thought it was strange that he barely looked at the interior of the wall where the mold is. The contract he has asked me to sign has problematic clauses in it: (1) it disclaims consequential damages, and (2) it requires binding arbitration. Also, the description of work has weird stuff. "Dry ice blaster"? WTF?
I'm really upset about this whole thing. I can afford $2k, but this whole thing smells like bullshit and I'm worried that I'm out of my league. The first guy, the one who went MIA, gave a description that made sense to me - basically, clean out the mold, cut out the rotten parts, and seal the wall back up. This second guy is talking about air testing and all kinds of stuff that would make sense for a contaminated interior space, but this is inside a wall, and I don't care about the air in there. Is this standard? Is he honest? It feels like a scam...
Also, the warranty company said they wouldn't fix the cracked pipe until they had "something from the remediation company" saying the mold was cleaned. Not sure what's involved here - will this be a 3rd party lab's result?
I also have small children and a demanding job and I can't afford to spend a ton more time on this.
So, unlucky MeFi'ers who have dealt with mold remediation in similar circumstances: please tell me about your experience, what you wish you'd known, and advise me whether the second guy's contract sounds like BS or standard stuff.
I am in California if it matters.