Not White Paint

Home Inspector with The House Whisperer

Not White Paint White Mold

At first glance, the home inspector thought the bottom of the subfloor had been painted white.

Upon closer inspection, the inspector concluded it was a bio-growth. An inspector (unless they’re a certified industrial hygienist) shouldn’t say ‘mold’, as doing so makes them the expert in a court of law.

If there’s a bio-growth growing on crawlspace surfaces, there’s a good chance there are issues with inadequate or poor ventilation; leaking toilets, negative grade; no drainage system; downspouts discharging next to the foundation; over-irrigation; leaking water supply or drain pipes; swimming pool leaks; high water table all of which can contribute to high humidity conditions under a house.

Mold spores and wood moisture content above 28% are required for mold to start developing on wood. Molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees; but indoors, mold growth should be avoided.

The fix: It’s all about controlling the level of moisture in the crawlspace.

The inspectors at Pacific Coast Inspections may not be Industrial Hygienists, but are quite knowledgeable about discussing their observations in a low key manner and making recommendations for further review.

Comments (2)

Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Denver Broker / Real Estate Advocate

Glenn, whatever you want to call it.. bottom line is, there is a water problem (moisuture).  That issue will need to be addressed, and correctly!  Scary pic, there!!

Mar 28, 2012 12:56 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Disgusting picture - I can't believe a person would live in that home and not treat that!

Mar 28, 2012 01:02 AM