Mold Type Substance - Don't be silly...... It's MOLD

Home Inspector with At Ease Home Inspections #30395

Home Inspectors here in Maryland are not suppose to use the word "MOLD" unless you are certified to test for mold. 

However we are allowed to write in our reports "Mold Type Substance".  Which is perfectly fine with me.... 

However in this case I really want to write "EXTREME MOLD ISSUES".  

The home owner just re-did the basement bathroom about 2 months ago. Looks as though they will be doing that job over!!!!  


Mold in Basement

Mold in Bathroom


Nikki Marlatt-Young

Maryland Licensed Home Inspector #30395

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Nikki Marlatt-Young 


Comments (10)

Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Nikki, the "liability" of calling mold "mold" is so over-hyped.  Some serious water issues in that house I am afraid----mold is likely the least of their problems:)

Sep 01, 2009 06:24 AM
Nikki Marlatt-Young
At Ease Home Inspections - Arbutus, MD
Housing & Rental Inspections

Charles, Your right... they sure do have bigger problems!  I never can understand why people will let their house get to that type of condition.  Then turn around and try to Sell or Rent it. -  Passing the problem onto someone else I guess. 


Sep 01, 2009 06:30 AM
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Can't call it what it is, mold. Where's the liability? Like Charlie said they have serious water issues. The mold is just a by product, a sign.

Sep 01, 2009 12:15 PM
Ian Niquette
Square One Home Inspection - Markesan, WI

Same here in Wisconsin Nikki. Really gets under my skin sometimes. If it looks like a duck, and walks like a duck....


Sep 01, 2009 11:51 PM
Vince Santos
StepByStep Home Services LC - Canton, MI
Southeast Michigan Home Inspector

Cook it Ian?

Sep 02, 2009 11:16 AM
Ian Niquette
Square One Home Inspection - Markesan, WI

Vince, I believe some peole do eat that stuff, it's call mushrooms, right?

Sep 02, 2009 11:57 PM
Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector

Hi Nikki,

        Whenever there is that much (suspected mold) present, I usually just strongly recommend mold testing be done for type and toxicity, and also recommend that mitigation and treatment be performed according to EPA guidelines, found at . The EPA recommends that mitigation be performed by professionals whenever there is more than 15 sq ft present and visible.

Sep 07, 2009 12:03 AM
Nikki Marlatt-Young
At Ease Home Inspections - Arbutus, MD
Housing & Rental Inspections

Thanks Kevin!  I will strongly recommend that when ever I see this much mold again! 

Sep 14, 2009 09:52 AM
Brian Persons
Brian Persons Front Range Home Inspections - Greeley, CO
Certified Master Inspector/Associate Broker

Hi there,

I believe that was 10 sq ft Kevin.I always carry the free epa booklets with me , just in case.

"a brief guide to mold,moisture, and your home" is a good one.You can even download the pdf.

Kevin is right , get some samples to the lab.

Feb 10, 2010 01:54 AM
Troy Pappas
Safe House Property Inspections - Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach Home Inspector

With this being such a litigious society nowadays it is a surprise any type of communication happens anymore.

Feb 11, 2010 02:29 PM