Average Labour Cost/Price to Seal Mould/Water Stains

To clarify the following prices it is recommended that you read the article in the INFORMATION box below the PRICES…

(These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £150.00 per day and a labourer if required at £100.00 per day. This includes the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need. The minimum price will usually be for a half day)

How Much Does it Cost To Strip and Varnish Doors?

water stains

Job 1
The en suite shower leaked for a day or two last week, your kitchen ceiling now has a brown patch but it’s not papered and the leak is sorted. This will need only 2 visits to bleach it, one with the undercoat and one to apply 2 coats of emulsion (or eggshell if it’s a kitchen ceiling).

Call it 1 day altogether for 1 man, plus all that travel, plus materials……..

Job 2
Same job in the living room but the ceiling’s papered and so it all has to come off. That’s a complete room strip, carpet out, paper off, treatment, re paper, two coats of emulsion, carpet and furniture back. (We are assuming everything goes into you empty garage, but of course you don’t have an empty garage do you)?

2 men 3 days plus materials

Job 3
Same as job 2 but it’s around the window this time not on the ceiling.
Move the furniture into the middle, cover the carpet, do the job, put it all back. 2 men 2 days

Job 4
What if you couldn’t just strip one wall and all 4 walls need
papering to keep it all matching?
That’s 2 men for 4 days plus materials

Now you wish you’d done the glossing as well don’t you? So that’s one small leak for a man, one weeks work for mankind! (and spare a thought for Michael Collins sitting in the van all by himself outside)!

And by the way, we have an article about
re plastering.

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A Price Guide and Information Sheet on Mould


Bit of a misnomer this. That brown mark we call water staining is actually a mould, which is festering quietly away minding it’s own business. True, it needed water to be present for a while in order to take hold, but just because the water has now gone, don’t think the mould will be scuttling out after it, any time soon!

That’s the first job then, to stop the water. Get the leak sorted out, or stop the
rising damp, or cure the condensation problem first. Now let’s tackle the mould.

If it’s only a couple of weeks old, you can get away with just stripping off the wallpaper. If it’s a month old you should consider removing the plaster as well. A long time ago when I was the colour of grass, I was called to sort out a lot of mould after a water tank in the loft had been pouring water down the internal walls for a week or so. When I got there a few weeks later, the leak had been fixed but the mould looked like those cheap special affect in an old Doctor Who episode. If you stood there quietly, it pulsated and made a scary humming noise!

All I did was remove the paper, treat the mould properly, then redecorate. Three months later it all came creeping slowly back through the new paper. Luckily I had my transporter with me, so Scotty was able to beam me up out of harm's way.

We should have hacked all the relevant plaster off as well!

Treating the mould is easy, first use bleach, lots of it, slapped on daily for about a week. When the mould is dead, either re plaster, or if you caught the mould early enough, apply a coat of oil based undercoat (paint) or a paint called “primer sealer”. Then, when that’s dry, you can either hang your wallpaper or apply your emulsion.

If you don’t think plaster removal is necessary, bleach it properly, then seal it properly before you redecorate, or you will watch your room slowly turn into Fingal’s Cave, before your very eyes!

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