Removing black mold from your home can sound like a daunting task. Just the term “black mold” sounds scary enough. If you’re willing to buy the proper safety equipment and can stomach scrubbing and removing mold damage for up to a few weeks, you can save hundreds and possible thousands of dollars.

Deciding when to call in a professional is a personal decision, but there are two signs that black mold has progressed too far to easily remove it yourself, says David Olson of PuroClean, a property damage restoration company. “When the odor is becoming so bad that it’s giving them a headache,” or a finger can be pushed through drywall damaged by black mold, Olson says.

Removal is charged by the square foot and varies by where you live, he says. Removing mold from and repairing a standard shower can cost from $1,600 to $4,500, Olson says.

To avoid such costs, here is a great article, written by Aaron Crowe from AOL’s online Real Estate blog, about some ways to remove black mold in your home on your own:

http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2015/04/23/how-to-get-rid-of-unhealthy-black-mold/