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By Khalif A. Majied, (Certified Mold Inspector) | Home Inspector in Los Angeles County, CA
  • What Is Indoor Mold?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Los Angeles, Home Selling in Los Angeles, Foreclosure in Los Angeles  |  September 24, 2012 12:52 AM  |  240 views  |  No comments

    Source: EPA

    What is Indoor Mold?

    

    Molds are types of fungi. They grow in the natural environment. Tiny particles of molds are found everywhere in indoor and outdoor air.

    In nature, molds help break down dead materials, and can be found growing on soil, foods, plants and other items.

    Molds are also very common in buildings and homes. Mold needs moisture to grow.

    Indoors, mold growth can be found where humidity levels are high, like basements and showers. Molds produce microscopic cellscalled“spores” that are spread easily through the air. Spores can also be spread by water and insects where humidity levels are high, like basements and showers.

    Molds produce microscopic cells called “spores” that are spread easily through the air. Spores can also be spread by water, insects and where humidity levels are high, like basements and showers. Live spores act like seeds. They form new mold colonies when they find the right conditions.


    What makes indoor mold grow?

    Mold only needs a few things to grow and multiply:

    
    • Nutrients (food)
    • A suitable place to grow
    • Moisture

    Many building materials (such as wood, sheetrock, etc.) provide food that can support mold growth. Even dust that has settled on these materials or furniture can be a food source for molds. Molds can grow almost anywhere there is enough moisture or high humidity. Controlling moisture is the key to stopping indoor mold growth, because all molds require water to grow. Moisture can come from:

    • Flooding from the outside (storm water, overflowing lakes, streams, storm surge, etc.)
    • Flooding from the indoor (overflow from sinks, tubs, toilets, air conditioner drain pans orsewerage systems)
    • Condensation (caused by indoor humidity that is too high or surfaces that are too cold)
    • Water leaks from outside the building (roof, walls, floors)
    • Indoor plumbing leaks or broken water pipes
    • Outdoor sprinkler spray hitting the walls, or indoor fire sprinklers
    • Poor venting of kitchen and bathroom moisture (steam from shower or cooking)
    • Humidifier use
    • Drying wet clothes indoors, or not venting clothes dryers outdoors (including electric dryers
    • House plants (over watering, etc.)
    • Moisture from our bodies (sweat, wet hair on pillows, breath)
    • Warm, moist air from outdoors
    • Liquid spills

    Should I be worried about indoor mold?

    Yes and no. On the one hand, there will always be mold in your home in the form of spores and pieces of mold cells. The presence of mold in the air is normal.

    On the other hand, one should not let mold grow and multiply indoors. When this happens, your level of exposure can increase, thereby increasing the risk of potential health problems.

    Building materials, household goods and furnishings may also be damaged. Mold needs to eat to survive, and it’s perfectly happy eating your home if you allow it.

    What health problems can be caused by mold?

    There are four kinds of health problems that come from exposure to mold: allergic illness, irritant effects, infection, and toxic effects.

    For people that are sensitive to molds, mold symptoms such as nasal and sinus irritation or congestion, dry hacking cough, wheezing, skin rashes or burning, watery or reddened eyes may occur.

    People with severe allergies to molds may have more serious reactions, such as hay-fever-like symptoms or shortness of breath.

    People with chronic illnesses or people with immune system problems may be more likely to get infections from certain molds, viruses and bacteria.

    Molds can also trigger asthma attacks in persons with asthma. Headaches, memory problems, mood swings, nosebleeds and body aches and pains are also reported in mold complaints.

    • Manufactured Homes

      Posted Under: Home Buying in Los Angeles County, Home Selling in Los Angeles County, Agent2Agent in Los Angeles County  |  July 5, 2012 10:44 PM  |  268 views  |  No comments
      Minimizing Moisture Problems in Manufactured Homes Located in Hot, Humid Climates
      http://www.huduser.org/Publications/PDF/MoistureReportFinal.pdf

      September 2003

      Background

      In 1999, the Manufactured Housing Research Alliance (MHRA) conducted a study to identify moisture problems for the manufactured home industry. The common problems were described in the publication Moisture Problems in Manufactured Homes – Understanding Their Causes and Finding Solutions (MHRA 2000). From those common problems a set of three checklists were developed for the various stakeholders: manufacturers, home installers, mechanical equipment designers, contractors and homeowners. That work prompted discussion of moisture-related problems currently plaguing the entire building industry. A consensus developed that moisture problems were most acute among homes in the hot and humid Gulf Coast region. In 2001, MHRA's moisture research was directed towards tackling problems common to homes built in this region.

      While this report focuses on manufactured housing, moisture problems are in no way unique to this type of construction. Extensive problems have been reported in site-built housing, and other residential and commercial buildings. The physical forces that drive moisture dynamics and cause moisture to accumulate where it may cause damage are the same for all types of buildings. Excess moisture infiltration and accumulation is a damaging agent affecting housing durability and potentially reducing its service life. Moisture is readily absorbed by many building materials, and when present at critical levels can cause these materials to fail to perform as designed, deteriorate, and develop odors or stains.

      Moisture infiltration problems are particularly difficult to diagnose and address because of the complex mechanisms by which moisture migrates through building materials and assemblies. Many individual building components influence moisture dynamics through their thermal performance and through their capability to store moisture and/or to allow vapor diffusion. In some instances the design of the structure can contribute to the problem, while in others the material selection is the culprit. Furthermore, homes designed properly to control moisture flow may still have moisture problems as a result of homeowner activities and operation and maintenance of the home.

      Prepared for:
      U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
      Affordable Housing Research and Technology Division

      52 pages


      Khalif A. Majied, CMI, M.A., DCH
      Certified Mold Inspector
      A Plus Mold, Inc.
      (310) 849-6903
      www.aplusmoldinspection.com

    • How To Double Your Brain's Performance

      Posted Under: Financing in Los Angeles, Agent2Agent in Los Angeles, Credit Score in Los Angeles  |  June 26, 2012 9:49 PM  |  378 views  |  No comments
    • A Seven Year Old Home For Sale...MAYBE/ MAYBE NOT!

      Posted Under: Home Buying in Los Angeles County, Home Selling in Los Angeles County, Agent2Agent in Los Angeles County  |  June 18, 2012 8:01 PM  |  308 views  |  No comments
       
      Author: George Hatcher
      Re-Edited: Khalif Majied

      In the news:

      A 7-year old home is making a family sick.

      Air seeping in between the foundation and joists leaves condensation in insulation.  The wet walls are feeding mold and are causing respiratory problems for the entire family. The current owner Neil White complained to the builder but the builder denies responsibility because the original owner altered the house, and “may have damaged the moisture barrier.”

      However, according to the original home inspection records, the foundation inspection report bears a “not acceptable” allocation. The city never inspected his foundation. The home owner believes this makes the city responsible, but according to building official, Kevin Griffiths, the lack of a foundation inspection “is acceptable under provincial inspection rules and does not subject the city to liability.” There are three types of city inspection, pre-backfill, pre-board (before the frame is covered) and pre-possession. Having two out of three is acceptable. But the homeowner says there were no inspections, and he’s stuck with a damaged house he can’t sell, can’t fix and can’t live in.

      Khalif A. Majied, CMI, M.A., DCH
      Certified Mold Inspector
      A Plus Mold, Inc.
      (310) 849-6903
      www.aplusmoldinspection.com
       





    • HOW CAN WE BETTER SERVE OUR CLIENTS?

      Dear Real Estate Professional,

      Don't disappear after you close the deal...

      Providing excellent client services is essential to the business owner and client...this is the best  
      way to increase sales, popularity percentage and overall new home owner well being. Satisfied clients tend to pass the word along to friends, family, and neighbours, encouraging them to
      buy their products or services from the highly qualified company.   

      HERE IS A BRIEF DIALOGUE ABOUT A REAL ESTATE CLIENT SERVICE ISSUE.


      Grover B.
      NACHI Cert. Inspect, AB Intro-Spect Home Inspections

      Cincinnati Area

      I have a client who just moved into his brand new home two weeks ago and his whole family has been sick every since. I did some mold testing but am leaning towards chemicals from all the new construction. (Paints, stains, carpets, furniture, ect.) 

      Kevin W.,
      Owner, The Right Trak
      Ontario, Canada

      Does he have a HRV or ERV?
      How tight is the place?
      Has a blower door test been determined?
      Do they have VOC and filtration filter installed to remove chemicals from the air.
      Do they have more than 50% carpet?
      Have they tested the flooring product for formaldehyde?
      Has anyone done a particle check?
      Is there proper air flow from all bedrooms and main area living room?
      Were the ducts scoped for drywall dust and debris?
      Is each pollution source vented above the home?

      Robert R., ASCS,CVI
      Operations Manager at RCS Air Duct Cleaning
      Greater St. Louis Area


      If this is a new home ask the neighbors or other trades if the home was uncovered for any length of time. We have seen a lot of new homes that sat with no roof, just walls rough framed etc during rain or bad weather for extended period of time. As a result everything is wet, builder never dries anything properly, then they just drywall over it. You may not see visible mold on the drywall exterior but, it may be growing in the joist cavities that frame in the cold air returns and the walls. If the air samples are normal it may be off gassing of all the new materials. Have you inspected the basement? Was it un finished? Any signs of moisture?   

      Khalif A. Majied, CMI, M.A., DCH
      Certified Mold Inspector
      A Plus Mold, Inc.
      (310) 849-6903
      www.aplusmoldinspection.com
       





    • WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS AS A RENTER?

      Posted Under: General Area in Los Angeles, Rental Basics in Los Angeles, For Rent in Los Angeles, Moving in Los Angeles  |  June 8, 2012 3:13 PM  |  527 views  |  1 comment

      Are You Renting And Don't Know Your Rights?
      Mold and your rights as a renter. Discover your legal rights concerning mold as a renter and what your landlord really owes you for property damages and medical damages from mold exposure.


      Get Real Guidance For Your Mold Problems:

      • Medical Help
      • Legal Help
      • Insurance Help
      • Environmental Help


      Live Help For Your Mold Problems
      CALL TODAY: (310) 849-6903

      Services Areas:
      Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Inland Empire

      Resources:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qd9Ofkp8Gs&feature=player_embedded


      Khalif Majied, M.A., CMI
      A Plus Mold, Inc.
      (310) 849-6903
      www.aplusmoldinspection.com

    • WHO VOTES FOR NO MORE REAL ESTATE INSPECTIONS?

      Posted Under: Agent2Agent in Los Angeles County, Rentals in Los Angeles County, Investment Properties in Los Angeles County  |  June 1, 2012 8:23 PM  |  629 views  |  No comments
      IT’S TIME TO TELL THE TRUTH!!

       

      Real Estate Inspection Assessment (Mold). 

       

       

      1.  Which Organizations Will Tell You “Nothing Is Wrong!”?

      a.)  Insurance Companies

      b.)  Apartment Complexes

      c.)   Property Management Companies

      d.)  (a),(b) and(c)

      e.)  None of the Above

       

      2.  What Can Happen If The House Or Apartment You Rent Has Mold?

      a.)  No One Will Talk To You.

      b.)  The Management Company Will Rush To Help You.

      c.)  You Health Will Improve.

      d.)  The Doctors Will Think You Have Psychological Issues. 

      e.)  (a) and (d)

       

      3.  What Can Happen If A Mold Issue Is Not Approached Correctly?

      a.)  You Can Lose Your Home.

      b.)  You Can Lose Your Health.

      c.)  You Can Lose Your Possessions.

      d.)  The Responsible Party Can Walk Away.

      e.)  All Of The Above. 

       

      Answers:

      1.(d)      2.(e)      3.(e) 
      GREAT JOB!!!

      Resource:
      http://www.moldsickness.org/

      Khalif A. Majied, CMI, M.A., DCH
      Certified Mold Inspector
      A Plus Mold, Inc.
      (310) 849-6903
      www.aplusmoldinspection.com
       



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