If a mold problem is suspected in a home, the first service provider to contact is a mold inspection and remediation company. These service providers have the experience and equipment to inspect a home for mold. A mold inspection can be particularly useful if there has been a water or flooding issue in a home, as mold could be forming in areas that are not visible. Mold inspections typically cost between $300-$500 with additional costs for testing, which is usually between $200-$350. A mold inspector may also perform a basic mold air test. These tests will determine if remediation services are required. The best way to control mold in a home is to reduce or eliminate moisture in the home. Identifying and fixing water leaks, ensuring adequate room ventilation, and using a HVAC system and dehumidifier are ways to reduce the likelihood of a mold infestation. It is important to identify and address mold issues quickly, as mold in a home can cause health issues, including congestion, wheezing, and red or puffy eyes as well as other symptoms. Workers who have direct and extended exposure to large amounts of mold are likely to see more severe health reactions such fever, shortness of breath, and possibly asthma. Learn how to identify mold issues and solutions for remediation.
In general, a sump pump that’s working continuously without rain is experiencing an issue that needs to be fixed. However, there are troubleshooting steps to take before hiring a plumber that may help you determine the cause of the problem. Common causes of a sump pump running without rain include a rise in the water table or an increase in groundwater, melting snow, a broken float switch on the sump pump, and a clogged sump pump drain line.
Sump pumps last approximately 7-10 years, but can burn out faster if they’re too small for the volume of water or not maintained. If the sump pump is experiencing issues, it is best to hire a professional to diagnose the failure, recommend a replacement, and install it. The average cost to install a sump pump is $1,200. The cost is dependent on whether you need a pedestal or submersible pump, the size of the required sump pump, and labor cost for installation. Learn more about sump pump failure and actions to address causes.