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Home Inspector Directory > Home Inspection Spotlight > Mold Inspection

Mold Inspection

Posted 5/2/06

This week's feature story takes an in depth look at mold. First, what is mold? Mold is a fungus which typically forms and is found in moist or damp environments. Mold produces tiny spores reproduce. Spores become airborne and typically settle damp spots where they grow and feed off of whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Typical spots inside the home where mold settles are on wood, walls, ceilings, attics, basements, and basically anything else moist.

Mold needs moisture to thrive and can invade our home in many ways including plumbing that leaks, unventilated areas, through condensation in heating and air conditioning systems and ducts, as well as  through structural defects resulting in water entry such as a leaky roof, leaks inside walls, improperly installed windows with substandard flashing,  

Mold can be responsible for many ailments including respiratory problems like wheezing, and difficulty breathing; dry hacky coughs, nose and throat irritation and more. Everyone reacts different to mold and some may have mild reactions, children and the elderly are more likely to experience more severe effects.

During the home inspection process, your home inspector may or may not uncover mold. If mold present or appears to be present, samples can be taken for testing to be sure. There is usually a separate lab charge involved but it will verify whether or not mold is present. 

A little prevention today goes a long way tomorrow. Remember, mold needs moisture, so be sure to avoid moisture buildup and fix leaks immediately.


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