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Mold

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Mold is a problem in Florida, fortunately most is just the typical stuff you get in your bathroom, which isn't a big deal, but the black mold is a danger. If you have a roof leak or pipe leak that is small and you don't notice it soon, it can cause a big problem. When mold gets in the walls, it grows inside the wall until it eventually shows through the drywall. Some molds are not much more than a nuisance, but a particular strain of black mold has toxins that make you sick. If it is in your wall and grows into the framing and not just the drywall, it can be expensive to remedy and could require replacing structural wood.

Lon does not usually recommend mold testing because when you see it you’ve got it. Of course, if you are getting very ill, it is worth the effort to find the exact type of mold. One of the most important aspects of a home inspection is finding areas of moisture and where water can easily enter a home. Lon uses specialized moisture detection equipment to check for moisture around the accessible areas of the interior perimeter of a home as well as moisture levels around windows where leaks are most likely to occur.

Once the source of moisture is found and eliminated, cleaning up mold usually requires scrubbing with a 1:10 solution of household bleach and water. The simple equation is No Moisture = No Mold.

Indoor Mold & Your Health