Is There Mold in Your Carlsbad Home (Part 3 of 5) - The Inspectional Process

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Is There Mold in Your Carlsbad Home (Part 3 of 5)

 If you missed the first 2 articles in this series you can read them below:


Is There Mold in Your Carlsbad Home (Part 1)

Is There Mold in Your Carlsbad Home (Part 2 of 5)


This series has been written by Andy Konopacki, Founder and President of Vm3 Environmental in Carlsbad, who I know personally and who graciously agreed to be a guest contributor on this blog

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Mold in a Carlsbad House


This is a question that I get quite frequently from REALTORS and buyers alike who have not been through the mold inspection process.  In the simplest terms, a mold inspection begins with a visual survey of the interior and exterior of readily accessible structures located on the property being inspected. During this survey, the mold inspector is visually identifying preventative maintenance issues, which if left unattended, can result in conditions conducive to mold growth, and suspect areas/conditions where mold colonization, whether active or dormant, may also be present.

Suspect areas can include walls, ceilings or other surfaces within the structure that are discolored, stained, blemished or otherwise damaged from present or past water intrusion. Areas of suspected mold-like growth, whether active or dormant, are of course also noted.

Upon completion of the visual survey/inspection, the mold inspector will sit down with his/her client and discuss the findings of the visual survey. Suspect areas that have been noted are further explained and recommended for sampling.

The purpose of collecting samples is to determine whether a suspected stain, blemish, discoloration or other water damaged area is identified, by laboratory analysis, as mold growth. Mold growth should not be present in a normal fungal ecology. Sampling can also identify conditions that may warrant further evaluation and include invasive testing or referral to a remediation / abatement / clean-up company.

In my next post I will address in more detail the different types of sampling methods. With an explanation of the mold inspection process in hand, let's examine in more detail some of the specific areas a mold inspector will examine while performing an inspection.


The grounds of a structure can include the evaluation of proper grading, drainage which includes gutters, the location of downspouts, exterior wall coverings, porches, decks and windows. All of these systems when properly working together allow for the displacement of water away from the structure and prevent water intrusion.


When inspecting the interior of a structure, great attention is paid to under-sink areas and adjacent plumbing systems. Under sinks in both bathrooms and kitchens are the most common areas observed for water staining, leaks, discoloration and mold-like growth.


Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems can often be a source of mold concern. Air ducts are inspected to insure they are not disconnected causing venting into areas like attics and crawlspaces. Additionally, closed off supply registers can create excessive condensation and an environment conducive to mold growth.


REMEMBER:   Moisture control is the key to preventing mold growth. Mold only needs a food source, moisture and a surface to grow on!


Andy Konopacki
President - VM3 Environmental, Inc.
760-273-9728 (San Diego County - Carlsbad)
949-269-3073 (Orange County)

310-295-1099 (Los Angeles County)

TOLL FREE:  866-513-MOLD


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Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

Mold is certainly no fun....and no laughing matter.  It is series business, fraught with wide-ranging remediation costs.

Nov 26, 2011 01:11 PM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jeff- we found it in my husband's closet when we were in VA and fortunately it was very early so the mold remediation was minimal.  We were told it stemmed from a small pinhole in the pipes.  

Nov 26, 2011 02:19 PM #2
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA


This is a great series of information you're sharing. Not all wood staining represents dangerous mold.


Nov 27, 2011 01:36 AM #3
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff mold has become a huge issue these days, and the more those of us in the business can learn about it the better we will be in advising our clients about it.

Nov 27, 2011 11:57 AM #4
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Jim - so true, which is why it is wise to have potential problems checked out by a qualied professional.

Kathy - fortunately you found it early before it got worse. I have heard some real horror stories.

Steve - how right you are. Sometimes people get overly concerned. On the other hand, sometimes they are not when they should be. Better to check to be sure one way or the other

George - well we are not experts but we should know about some resources.


Nov 28, 2011 03:14 PM #5
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