Do Moldy Walls Have to be Removed by Expert?
I am repairing a Florida house that was ruined by a drug addict. Plumbing leaks and roof problems led to water damage and mold issues. Most of the interior walls of the house are blanketed in thick black mold. They are not warped or broken, but they certainly do smell.
Two contractors (a general contractor and a licensed mold remediation expert) told us the drywall has to be demolished and replaced. The mold guy says the cost will be around 10K, and this does not include replacement. It's just demo plus independent mold testing.
The general contractor, who is not affiliated with the mold guy, says he does not remove moldy drywall. He says you have to hire someone with a special license.
The obvious question: can it really be true that I have to pay ten grand just to get the walls ripped out and the house treated for spores? I know it's a big job (two 30-yard dumpsters), but that seems like a lot of money for what basically amounts to destruction and junk hauling.
I am going to do the right thing, but before I write checks, I want to be sure there is no way to preserve the drywall and seal it with primer and paint.