Mold…should you worry?

signs of attic mold

signs of attic mold

There are so many kinds of mold species – too many for the average homeowner to keep track of. But when I have to check that box called “Mold” on a home inspection report, the home buyer may find it hard to stay calm. The questions start flying about how to handle the potential sale once mold is found.

To review, here’s what I’ve been explaining to my home buyers:

a) Mold is present just about everywhere…both outside and indoors. Chances are you’ve seen mold in your own home or place of work, and just don’t notice it, or know what it looks like. Mold is most always visible although many times you can smell the existence of it which is distinctly musty. You’ll notice mold in a variety of colors such as brown, gray, black and green.

b) Since mold is always “hanging around,” it’s important to try to find the mold that you can’t always see. Since my inspection requires me to actively search for it, I will look for clues like peeling paint, bulging or discolored walls, or plumbing leaks behind a wall. It’s not always possible to find it all, but experience counts when searching for moisture and mold.

c) Common causes of excessive mold/moisture include previous or on-going problems such as flooding; leaky plumbing; leaky roofs, windows or doors; no ventilation in bathrooms, kitchens or laundry areas; and faulty air conditioning or heating equipment.

d) Nine out of ten times, I find mold or moisture in attics because of either non-existent ventilation or improper venting.

In my area, I will recommend that a homebuyer or homeowner call Nick Biondo at PuroClean in Brunswick, Ohio. For mold remediation call Nick at 330-931-9527 or email nick@puroclean.com or visit his website Puroclean.com

Please don’t hesitate to call me with any “house” questions at 216-276-3702. Don’t forget that if you are planning on putting your own home up for sale in 2013, a “Pre-Inspection” report may be a smart move.

Happy house hunting in 2013!

Aaron

All Points Inspection
www.allpointsinspection.net

2 Responses to Mold…should you worry?

  1. […] homes in Northeast Ohio area. I’ve addressed proper ventilation inside the home (see Mold…should you worry?), but keeping water from coming into the house needs to be priority as […]

  2. For mold removal, we recommend a half cup of vinegar per gallon of warm water.
    Also get readings from places where chimneys, porches, garages, and patios attach to the house. Whether coverage is available or not, fitting black mold removal costs into the budget is key to protecting the most valuable of investments (your home).

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