Professional Home Inspections by Dick Seay

May Newsletter

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"Mold/Mildew-Like" Conditions

Note:  Dick Seay and Seay-Inspections.com are not qualified to survey mold/mildew conditions.

This requires a Certified Industrial Hygienist

The following information was taken from the "EPA" (Environmental Protection Agency)

Introduction to Molds:

Molds produce tiny spores to reproduce. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor continentally. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet and foods. When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problems remains undiscovered or un-addressed. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is control moisture.

Basic Mold Cleanup

The key to mold cleanup is moisture control. It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. If mold is a problem in your home, clean up the mold and get rid of the excess water or moisture. Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of water. Wash mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely. Absorbent materials (such as ceiling tiles & carpet) that become moldy may have to be replaced.

Additional Things You Should Know About Mold:

  1. Potential health effects and systems associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complains.

  2. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.

  3. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.

  4. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).

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