No one word sets homeowners on edge faster than "mold." It is also the one word that can stop a real estate transaction dead in its tracks. Buyers often don’t want to purchase a home with mold. Lenders won’t provide the financing for a home with mold in the house or when conditions are favorable for potential mold growth . . and getting homeowners insurance is impossible until the issue is resolved. If you’re buying a home in Greater Jacksonville, a mold inspection is a must. Call BiltRite to protect your investment before you sign any paperwork.
Do I need a Mold Inspection Addendum?
When buying or selling a house, you will often hear the term “mold inspection addendum,” typically mentioned by a Realtor or inspector. This comes up more frequently with REO (real estate owned) properties, such as foreclosures, as they have typically been sitting vacant for an extended period of time without the utilities running. The addendum asked for by the Realtor is to safeguard everyone involved in the transaction by identifying any potential mold-related issues and giving the property a "clean bill of health."
When completing an inspection for a Mold Inspection Addendum or as a complement to any other residential, construction and commercial inspections, our inspector looks for:
A visual inspection determines if signs of mold are present in the home or that conditions are favorable for potential mold growth. This can be by either seeing small growths of mold inside the structure or by identifying areas where moisture or water has seeped into the home.
Samples and Swabs
Next, air samples, swabs and/or drywall samples may be taken out of the building for further analysis. This helps identify the specific spores and strains present in the home, whether they be airborne spores or deep-rooted mold colonies.
Once the visual inspection is completed, it is time to document any visible suspect mold growth, as well as denote conditions which could promote future mold growth.
Protocol for Remediation
A specific protocol is then written to direct remediation professionals, as well as detailed recommendations to correct overall building conditions to provide the best possible future indoor air quality.
The good news is that most cases of indoor mold can be remediated and resolved. Some mold infestations are minimal and can be treated with mold-killing agents such as borax, bleach, or various mold control sprays found at home improvement stores. This is most commonly used in bathrooms where mildew build-up around shower and tub seals needs to be properly cleaned and removed.
When the mold issue is large a team of professionals will completely remove all building materials affected by the mold. Contaminated components such as drywall will be cut out of the walls and contained in plastic trash bags. Measures will be taken to prevent mold from returning, often through the application of specialized coatings to wall studs. If the mold was caused by a crack, leak or other area of intrusion, these leaks will be sealed completely before new drywall is installed. Finally, the mold removal specialist will use a HEPA vacuum to clean the area thoroughly and ensure that all spores are removed from the home.
Contact BiltRite for a Prompt Professional Response
A proper mold inspection performed by a licensed professional is crucial for both your physical and financial health. Call BiltRite today for your mold inspection. We service all of Jacksonville and are available by phone at 904-262-9855. You can also complete the short form at the top of this page and a member of our team will contact you immediately.