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Question DetailsAsked on 6/19/2013

I was quoted $2500 to $3000 to remove drywall with mold and to search source. Is that in line?

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That sounds like an awful lot, with not knowing where the leak came from. It sounds like the contractor threw in a big contingency not knowing what he would hit, so he probably assumed dry rot requiring studs and all coming out.

Your best bet with mold is to use a fiber optic camera or tear into the wall (yourself or contractor) or ceiling or whatever and trace the leak to its source and fix the leak. Then you know exactly what repairs are needed, and competing bids will be directly comparable.

If you go to Browse by Projects at lower left, expand out the Home catagory, then go to Mold you can read comments and suggestions and typical costs on mold/mildew/dry rot cases.

For a simple trace the leak and figure out how much replacement is required, I would think about $150-300 would do that part, then you would know where you stand.

Footnote: if you have a small baby or extremely elderly person or anyone in the house with respiratory issues, then initial invedtigation should be by a mold expert, whole can contain and encapsulate the mold/mildew during tracing the leak, to avoid risk to that person. Otherwise, it is something you can do yourself fairly easy - you can rent a COLOR (B&W does not show water stains well enough) fiber optic camera at many tool rental places for about $20/day, or buy one with 3 foot reach requiring only about 1/2 hole to go through for about $150.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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