I’ve seen a lot of homes with mold. In fact, one of the homes I sold in my career had received the nickname from the local real estate brokers as the “Mold House”, because the walls were covered with it.
I’ll be the first one to tell you that when I see mold, my usual advice is to run. This is true more so in the Northwest, because it means you’re dealing with a house that is likely in a damp, shady valley that suffers from a lack of natural sunshine and standing water issues. That scares me more than mold. That said, I don’t know a thing about mold, so if you ask me about MOLD, I will refer you to a home inspector.
One of my many favorite home inspectors, Charles Buell posted a link to a Forensic Report on the Health effects from mold from Forensic Applications Consulting Technologies, Inc., as well as this great video on mold and title it:
MOLD ~ A must see video
What I love about this video is it really helps the viewer understand all the complexities of indoor air quality. It is also a great introduction for anyone wondering why the topic of our indoor air quality is becoming more and more mainstream.
Weather it’s mold, pet dander, off-gassing from household furniture, or toxic cleaners polluting the air, what you don’t know can hurt you. Hopefully we can shed some light on how to improve the health of your home for you and your family in the months ahead.
In the meantime, if you have mold in your home don’t panic, refer to the EPA’s guide titled “A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your home“, or contact an ASHI certified home inspector for professional advice.