this house has mold!

Managing Real Estate Broker with John L Scott #86099

Mold is a common occurrence in homes, but it can potentially cause health problems as well as damage to structures and surfaces if it is not controlled. Mold begins growing indoors when spores come in contact with wet surfaces or substances. Once established, mold can be very difficult to remove successfully - so prevention is the key.


Mold cannot grow in the absence of moisture. Moisture can take the form of leaks, spills, condensation, and humidity, so controlling sources of moisture is the most important step in mold prevention. Here are some ways to avoid creating conditions in which mold will thrive:

Look for signs of leaks in supply and waste lines for bathrooms, kitchens, utility sinks, and laundry areas. Have any leaks fixed and dry the area thoroughly.
Check the condition of grout and tile on shower walls, floors, and around bathtubs. Repair and seal damaged grout to prevent mold from being absorbed.
Increase ventilation to the outside by using exhaust fans and attic ventilation.
Regularly empty and clean drain pans and hoses for air conditioning units and dehumidifiers.
Check for roof leaks that allow water to enter attic spaces or build up under roof shingles.
If possible, lower the overall humidity in the home to decrease condensation and create a less mold-friendly environment.

Places that tend to stay damp, such as showers, may be more difficult to keep entirely free of mold but it can be minimized. Diligent cleaning, opening a window or using a ventilation fan are often enough to keep mold at bay.


Once mold has become established in the home it can be difficult to eradicate. Depending on the location and severity of the mold problem, a homeowner may need to engage a professional certified in mold remediation to remove it. A qualified professional will also take preventive measures to lessen the likelihood of recurrences

Comments (4)

David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
RealtorĀ®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Thanks for the check list on mold, better to stop it before it becomes a problem.

Aug 11, 2013 01:33 AM
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

Mold is an issue if you get it and it is established in the home.  Thanks for the article.

Aug 11, 2013 01:35 AM
Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Denver Broker / Real Estate Advocate

Thanks Daryl for the mold reminder!   As we get into some of the monsoon seasons, there will be more flash flooding and the potential for mold and mildew with certainly be a factor!!

Aug 11, 2013 01:35 AM
Kathy Stoltman
Balboa Real Estate - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

Daryl, I was a property manager for a 16 unit apartment complex. We were in the midst of renovating it, when one lower unit had a mold issue that took over the whole apartment, never saw anything like it in my life!  Folks need to take precautions for their homes as you point out.

Aug 11, 2013 02:18 AM