E n vi r o Vu e H o m e I n s p e c t i o n Volume 1, Issue 2
January 26, 2004
R EALTOR R ESOURCE
MOLD THE NEXT ABESTOS?
Have you ever seen water
stains during your pre-listing
inspection and recommended
painting over the stains in
preparation for the sale?
Have you ever asked a client
to clean mold/mildew on a
wall near a bathroom or laun-
Home Inspector Have you ever listed a prop-
erty where you had knowledge
of previous water damage
and did not recommend to
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risk? today). Fungi need three
What is mold? things to survive; moisture,
Mold is a naturally occurring food, and warmth. Common
What to do?
fungi. It exists in different sources of moisture in homes
First and foremost, the best are leaky pipes, improperly
way to protect yourself is to forms in all 50 of the United
States. Fungi are responsible ventilated bathrooms, and
protect your client. To answer roof leaks that go undetected.
that question we must first for decomposing cellulose
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Steve Ramos is a professional Institute as a professional estate and technology. His
Making Home a Safer home inspector for EnviroVue home inspector. He is also strong communications skills,
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lived in Sonoma County since ergy Inspector by the Califor- niques, and strong technical
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MOLD THE NEXT ASBESTOS CONTINUED
guidelines set by the New
How do we know we have a York Department of Health.
mold problem? of mold present in the home.
The problem of mold is not so For Real Estate Professionals
much a water problem as it is Mold Testing
Mold is the single biggest
a moisture accumulation Mold testing takes various liability in the field of Real
problem. The first and best forms. Three of the most Estate. Insurance companies
way is to evaluate whether or popular are swab testing, air are excluding coverage, net-
not you have a mold problem sampling, and carpet testing. work television is giving it
is to have a qualified home Each of the techniques are primetime billing, and your
inspector (preferably one used depending upon the customers are scared to
trained in moisture analysis results of the initial visual make a $500,000 mistake.
and mold assessment) thor- inspection.
Despite the enormity of the
oughly inspect your home. A legal challenge, there is one
visual inspection will reveal I have a mold problem- what thing we can do together to
clues such as: do I do now? better serve and protect our
The first thing to do is to cor- clients and that is educate
• Water staining or discol- rect the moisture problem. If them. The best way to edu-
ored walls you fail to correct the mois- cate your clients is to encour-
ture problem, cleaning the age them to have a qualified
• Discolored carpet/flooring mold is pointless because it home inspector evaluate their
• Sheetrock nails that are will return. Remember, no home prior to buying or sell-
"popping" moisture accumulation, no ing.
• Moldy smell or mold stain mold problem. After the mois-
ture problem has been cor-
These symptoms, if found, rected, you must replace any
may indicate that there is a damaged assemblies of the
mold problem and that further structure and clean the re-
testing is required to confirm maining mold. We recom-
or deny the type and volume mend you hire a professional
if the mold quantities exceed