Mold, Mold, Mold -- It's Everywhere

Home Inspector with BPG Property Inspection Services

Our Perspective of Mold

Mold, Mold, Mold -- It's Everywhere

Mold has become a high profile issue over the past few years as homeowners and insurance companies wrangle over the

veracity of health issues and the responsibility of cleaning up mold problems. In an unusual case in Texas, a jury awarded

a homeowner a million dollar settlement for damages from mold found in their home. For obvious reasons, this has

gotten the attention of everyone involved in the real

estate transaction process. Currently, there is no

agreement among health professionals on what levels

of mold are acceptable in a home. However, most

homeowners acknowledge that the potential risk of

mold-related health problems warrant special attention

and action.

Excess Moisture is the Primary Cause

Mold requires a food source (building materials like

wood or drywall cellulose) and water or moisture. By

eliminating the source of moisture (water leaks, excess

humidity, condensation, etc.) you can stop mold from

growing in your home or building. It's that simple.

Preventative maintenance is the key. However, finding water/moisture entry points and sources can be very complicated.

A Thorough Home Inspection will Help Identify Moisture Intrusion Problems

While specifically conducting a mold inspection is outside the standards of practice for a home inspector, a good inspector

will examine the property for any signs of moisture or moisture intrusion issues. Any mold issues (observed or potential)

should be discussed and clearly stated in the inspection report. Our inspectors are trained to identify moisture-related

problems. These problems, if any, are presented in a manner that helps our clients keep things in perspective, yet realize the

potential risks of not correcting moisture intrusion issues. In many cases, homeowners can safely clean mold from the

building surfaces on their own and make simple repairs to prevent further moisture intrusion. In fact, the Environmental

Protection Agency (EPA) says:"If the mold area is less than about 10 square feet (roughly a 3 foot by 3 foot patch), you

can handle the job yourself." Remember, it is important to eliminate the cause of mold rather than simply clean or mask

the problem.

When is a Specialist Needed?

While mold is an important issue and may be a health concern for certain individuals, it can often be remedied without

major expense or inconvenience. When signs of extensive mold are found however, a professional should be consulted for

proper remediation. In addition, should a homeowner or potential homeowner have specific health-related concerns mold

testing can be conducted to determine the types and quantity of mold spores -- although no official standards have been

established for unsafe levels. The EPA has guidelines for cleaning mold, but

also suggestions about how to prevent the problems in the first place. For

more information about mold please reference the EPA website at:

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In addition to our thorough inspections, we provide 12 months of our

Extended Advicesm program so our clients always have a direct source for

accurate information about their homes. For more information about mold,

please call us.

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