The Truth about Moisture and Mold
Moisture is the number one problem found by home inspectors. Un-resolved moisture issues may lead to mold growth.
Mold is a fungus. It’s made up of tiny, microscopic organisms that consumes organic materials such as wood, paper or other once living (or still live) material. Mold is similar to a plant, except that rather than using chlorophyll, mold reproduces with spores, and survives by absorbing nutrients from the materials it consumes.
Three Things Needed for Mold Growth:
- Low light conditions
- An organic source for food. This is anything from paper on the dry wall, to organic materials in certain caulking.
- The presence of moisture.
The Dangers of Black Mold:
The term “black mold” is misleading. Mold can be all colors, and its color doesn’t dictate how harmful it may be. Any mold may create heatlh problems, and have the ability to cause allergic reactions.
Outdoor and Indoor Moisture Sources:
Outdoor: Rain, floods, drainage issues, landscape and irrigation, humidity, high water table. Indoor: Cooking, bathing, dryers, pipe leaks, window and door leaks, a/c condensation.
If you have any concerns that you may have a mold issue… get an inspection. They typically start at $325 and go up depending on the size of the property. You’re inspector will check water walls with a moisture meter, infrared camera and possibly recommend air samples.
You really don’t want to do your own mold repairs. I have several inspectors and remediation specialists on hand in the event you need a referral.
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