WHAT ARE MOLDS?
Molds are fungi and are needed to break down debris in the environment. Molds are simple, microscopic organisms, present everywhere, indoors and outdoors.. For molds to grow and reproduce, they need only one organic food source material, such as leaves, wood, paper and moisture. Molds grow by digesting the organic material; they gradually destroy whatever they grow on. Mold growth on surfaces can often be seen in the form of discoloration frequently green, brown, gray and black. Molds release countless tiny, lightweight spores, which travel through the air.
CAN MOLD BECOME A PROBLEM IN MY HOME?
Molds will grow and multiply whenever conditions are right; sufficient moisture is available and organic material is present. Be on the lookout in your home for sources of indoor moisture that may lead to mold growth. Some examples are, leaky roofs, sprinkler spray hitting the house, overflow of sewer & sink, steam from cooking or hot showers, plumbing leaks, humidifiers, dryer exhausting indoors. Warping floors and discoloration of walls can be indications of moisture problems. Condensation on windows or walls is also an important indication of moisture in your home, though it may be caused by an indoor combustion problem.
You want to know of mold issues before closing on your property so that they can be taken care of beforehand. If there is a mold or moisture problem that needs to be corrected, it should be reflected in the purchase price or be a condition that must be met before closing. Many states don’t require a homeowner to disclose that the home has a mold problem and most insurance companies don’t cover the major portion of mold damage. A regular home inspection will not include an inspection for moisture and mold; this must be done separately.
If you are looking to purchase a home and suspect the possibility of mold problems, or your real estate agent recommends having it done, it’s worth the time and extra expense. Serious mold problems can be expensive to correct. For example, if you have mold present in interior walls due to a roof leak, leaking pipe or chronic water drainage problem, entire sections of the wall will need to be replaced and the source of where the moisture is coming from will need to be stopped.