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Do All Homes Have Mold?

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Nowadays, the home inspection report has become the bible for homeowners prior to their real estate closing. The inspectors are the best we’ve ever seen with more knowledge and understanding of construction in the past, and the reports that they are creating are more informative than anything we have ever seen. Along with the blessings of that are many things that are of concern. A home which would look like a dream home otherwise, can have dozens of actionable items in the report. Buyers are left feeling afraid to pull the trigger on the purchase, and homeowners are left in bitter negotiations that play out between the attorney’s all at the expense of both parties. Frequently the items that are of major concern are fixed for a nominal fee. The serious issues we now see are requests for new roofs, new furnaces, new hot water heaters, and largely, MOLD REMEDIATION.

The issue with mold is that if a home inspector misses one of the other actionable items, there are set in stone values to replacement and damage repair. Mold is a much more serious issue. Research has proven that mold can cause a vast degree of respiratory ailments as well as other problems with the immune system if the inhabitants are allergic or become allergic to the types of mold within the home. People often ask “what mold is the bad one?” There are several types of mold that are bad, and any mold that causes an illness to an occupant is “bad”.

As a result of the severity of this issue, mold inspectors are not taking chances. Any time they see something that even looks like it could be mold, they are covering themselves (rightfully so), and stating that there may be a mold like substance in the basement/garage/crawl space/attic/bathroom…Please have this inspected by a licensed professional and tested if need be. This transfers the onus of the responsibility to others parties and typically gets things handled in a professional manner. Unfortunately it occurs at the very last minute due to the fact that the inspection is one of the last things to take place in the transaction. Typically with a bit of patience and a sympathetic contractor, the work can be prioritized to help all parties so as not to delay a closing.

Now back to the original question..Do All Homes Have Mold? YES THEY DO. There are approximately 100,000 different types of molds know to exist today, with that number certain to rise as time goes by. Many of those molds are good, some are not. The presence of those molds can change day to day, hour to hour, week to week, month to month. Spore counts can explode with the blooming of plant life or the rotting of wood mulch. Even the operation of a ceiling fan could cause spore counts to change dramatically in an enclosed environment. Many people would argue what spore counts are safe. That number has been argued, but research will show that the IICRC has set spore counts that it deems to be acceptable.


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