Mold is a common concern for home inspectors and homeowners alike. It can cause health issues, structural damage, and is often a sign of moisture problems in the home. To better understand and address mold, it’s important to know the basics of how it grows and what to do if you find it.
Here are some key points you can use to educate your clients about mold:
Mold is a type of fungus that grows in damp or humid conditions and can be found both indoors and outdoors. It can grow on a variety of surfaces, including wood, drywall, and wallpaper.
The key to preventing mold growth in the home is controlling moisture levels and promptly addressing any water leaks or spills. It’s also important to ventilate areas of the home that are prone to moisture, such as the bathroom and kitchen.
Mold can cause a range of health problems, including respiratory issues, allergies, and asthma. It can also cause structural damage if it is allowed to grow unchecked.
If you find mold in a home, it’s important to have it professionally remediated to protect the health of the homeowners and prevent further damage to the property. This includes not only removing the visible mold growth, but also resolving the underlying moisture issue to prevent future mold growth.
“Mildew” is often used interchangeably with mold, but true mildews are actually plant pathogens and do not grow readily on building materials. If you come across what appears to be mildew in a home inspection, it’s important to properly identify and address it as mold.
Addressing moisture and mold issues early can save homeowners an average of $5,000 in remediation costs, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
By understanding and sharing these key points with your clients, you can help them understand the risks and impacts of mold in the home and take steps to prevent or address it.
If you’d like more detailed information feel free to check out our mold resource page on our website. But as always, if you have any specific questions about mold or how you can help your clients please don’t hesitate to reach out.
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