I ordered a mold test, which is basically a petrie dish that you tape to a air conditioning vent for 10 minutes with the fan on high, then put in a cool dark place to let it incubate. After letting it incubate for a week, it seems to be growing spores. The instructions say if you see growth, you have mold. I have the option of sending the test to their lab, to get more information on the type of mold.
Since the test, I have become really concerned about my father's health in the apartment (though he doesn't seem to have any allergic symptoms), and would like to clean-up the mold. However, after calling a few "mold remediation" contractors, I could not get a straight answer on the cost. One guy said there is a $250 removal estimate cost, and $70 per test, and only then could he give me an estimate. Another guy said it could cost anywhere from $2000 - $4000. I feel like I'm setting myself up to get ripped off. (BTW, I've already checked the homeowners policy, and it's not covered)
I believe most of the mold/mildew is in the carpet and padding. Moreover, I've read on the net that it is possible to remove this yourself with some diluted bleach? I was considering removing the carpet and padding myself, and bleaching the floors. Then throwing away most of the stuff effected by the mold. Then replacing the carpet.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.