As real estate professionals, our Â job is not to discover and mitigate mold, but to disclose when we see it and to refer a professional firm Â to remedy the problem. However, itâ€™s always good to know more about subjects that affect the real estate market. I recently attended a continuing education class all about mold. It was a four-hour intensive class taught by Jim Pearson of Clean Air Expert, LLC and author of â€œWhatâ€™s all the Fuss about Moldâ€. During those four hours, I learned a great deal about mold.
Many people think that mold problems have been greatly exaggerated and that mold cannot hurt them. This is false. There are a number of different types of mold; some are non-toxic whereas others are extremely toxic. Exposure to mold can weaken immune systems, allowing for a variety of health problems, especially respiratory and skin. It also contributes to 95% of chronic sinus infections.
In order to grow, mold needs both a food source and water. It is commonly found under sinks, in basements and throughout water-damaged areas. Avoid wiping mold as it spreads the mold spores; instead grab it. Iâ€™d always thought that bleach was the best way to remove mold. But, according to Jim Pearson, pine sol actually works better. However, with mold, removal isnâ€™t good enough. You need to address the cause. With household mold, itâ€™s always a good idea to contact a professional. Depending on the size of the job, mold removal can run anywhere from around $300 and up.
Luckily, there are several steps you can take to prevent mold growth in your home. Always keep the indoor humidity below 50%; the lower humidity takes away the moisture that mold needs to grow. Additionally, you should use air conditioning during humid months to promote proper ventilation. Never have carpeting in bathrooms and, if present, remove them whenever possible. You should also run fans while showering to prevent the buildup of humidity in the bathroom. However, if mold does appear, itâ€™s better to contact a qualified professional firm rather than trying to remove it yourself.
For further resources on mold, please visit Jim Pearsonâ€™s website atÂ www.thecleanairexpert.comÂ