Consumer Mold Guide

Proper Mold Protocol in a Real Estate Transaction

Mold is becoming a greater issue in today’s real estate transactions. It is highly recommended tProper Mold Protocol in a Real Estate Transaction - Image by Svilen Milevhat all homes be inspected and tested for mold by an independent company, since statistics show mold is prevalent in most homes and is generally microscopic. By the time you can see mold, a one inch square contains roughly 65 million spores. Mold is often more prevalent in a home that has had a water leak or sat empty for even a short period of time. The professional independent testing and inspection company will provide a more conclusive verification on the type, concentration and cause of the possible mold growth.

Listed below is the best protocol for the protection of all parties in a real estate transaction with regard to possible mold in a home.

  1. 1. First, have a thorough inspection of the property by a properly trained and certified mold inspection and Mold Inspectiontesting company. A proper inspection should include all rooms of a home including closets, attic, crawl and/or basement. Specialized equipment may be necessary such as a borescope to look in tight plumbing cavities and behind cabinets, thermal image camera to detect moisture behind walls, moisture meters to gauge excess moisture in walls and baseboards as well as humidity readings in each room to determine slight changes that may indicate high humidity or moisture in a room. Expect a full inspection report similar to a home inspection report but with a focus on mold and the conditions that support mold.

  2. i. The company should collect one air sample taken in a central location on every floor of the home following the proper set up, calibration, and air cell for determining microscopic airborne mold spores. Also, the company should take a direct sample of any visible or suspected mold growth by using a swab or tape sample method. The collection of these samples should be sent to a qualified laboratory for analysis to determine the types and concentration of mold-one that typically returns results in 24 hours. This analysis should also include a conclusion and recommendation for remediation if necessary.

  3. Mold Remediation2. Second, if a recommendation for remediation has been suggested, then a certified mold remediation company should be selected to remediate the home. The pre-remediation test results will help identify the protocol needed by the company for the remediation as each mold strain requires different remediation protocols. The remediation company should provide an inclusive scope of work and a warranty guaranteeing the mold will be thoroughly removed.

  4. 3. Third, clearance tests should be conducted post remediation to verify the mold is within the acceptable Mold Testingrange for the type and concentration of mold in comparison to the pre-remediation test. It is particularly important that the post remediation clearance test should not be conducted for 72 hours after remediation to allow for the area to balance. The reasons for a three day waiting period for post remediation testing are due to the fact that mold starts growing within 24-48 hours. Proper clearance testing should allow for this growth period to determine the remediation has been successful.

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