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Why is mold a problem today? 

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Mold problems have been receiving a lot of attention due to the vast amounts of sickness and lawsuits that have been created.
Since the 1970's home construction has changed.
HEALTH EFFECTS
  • Respiratory system
  • Immune system
  • Neurological disorders
  • Nose bleeds/bleeding lungs
  • Coughing/Sneezing/Watery eyes
  • Allergic reactions/rashes
  • Death

 

 
What is mold?
 
Molds are divided into 3 basic groups:
  • Allergenics: Molds that can cause symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, runny nose.
  • Phatogenic: Molds tha can cause suppressed immune systems.
  • Toxic: Molds that can cause serious health effects in almost everyone. This effects can be short-term irritations to even cancers.

 

Why is Mold More Prevalent in Home Today?
 
According to statistics from the Bureau of the Census, 35% of homes are damaged do to water or moisture.
  • Water intrusion in basements
  • Sewer or septic breakdowns
  • Water supply leaks
  • Improperly vented fans and appliances
  • Bathroom exhaust fans
  • Dryer exhaust.

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RED FLAGS
  • Visible Mold
  • Evidence of water penetration
  • Conditons that could allow water penetration
  • Smell
  • Poorly maintained HVAC
  • Improperly vented fans or appliances

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TESTING
There are typically 3 common types of mold testing that are performed for real estate transactions:
  • Swab/Tape lift sampling
  • Carpet Sampling
  • Air Sampling

Mold basic.

Ceilings

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