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Home Selling Buying Mold Problem Questions
March 9, 2012. I am trying to fix up my house for sale and over the
years we have had some incredible storms (I live in a suburb of
Chicago). At first my main problem was that during an extreme storm my
basement window would fill up and the water would come through the
window well ,so even though my sump pump was
keeping up I still got water in the basement. I eventually had Perma-seal
come and they installed a PVC drain to go directly into the sump pump.
We thought our problem was solved but we had a very bad storm and the
sump pump couldn't keep up,
So we had our yard re- graded with
drain tiles to hopefully channel the water away from the foundation.
We don't know if that took care of the problem but we hope and pray it
did. So the bottom line
is we have some mold. Each time I experienced water I tried to clean
everything up and air it out but none the less I have some mold. We
have coverage on our insurance for mold cleanup, but was wondering how
that would effect the sale of the house if they see there has been a
mold remediation company
come in? If it affects the sale negatively I was thinking about doing
it myself with one of your blasters. It doesn't smell extremely bad
but I can see some mold on the concrete and there is some on the wood.
To sum up my questions: In your
opinion should I have a company come out or try to do it myself? How
could using a remediation company affect the sale of my home?
Should I use
boric acid powder as a mold cleaner and for mold fogging?
With the use of the Blaster do you
still need to scrub down every area that has mold or will the blaster
take care of unseen, unscrubbed mold?
Do you suggest using a fogger first
and if so do you still need to scrub everything?
You are wise to get rid
of the mold problems before you offer your house for sale, as you have
decided to do. Read your insurance policy very carefully
because most policies exclude coverage for mold unless the mold is a
direct result of an insurable accident such as a flood, weather storm
or fire. If you file a mold claim, whether or not it ever gets paid,
you and your property address will both be entered into the insurance
industry claims database C.L.U.E. that could raise your future
insurance cost and make your house hard to sell (because smart buyers
check the C.L.U.E. data base about specific properties they are
considering to buy. My suggestion is that you do the mold remediation
yourself to get the job done right and at an affordable price. Most
mold remediators fail to find all of the mold hidden inside walls,
ceilings, floors, heating/cooling equipment and ducts, basement, crawl
space, and attic. In addition, mold contractors take unfortunate
shortcuts and use poorly trained and supervised workers. Your first
step is to use the home model Bio3Blaster
ozone generator to inject high ozone for at least one hour in each
area of your house, starting with the basement and including all
rooms, attic and HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning)
equipment and ducts. You will also do another ozone generator
treatment after you have done all of the next mold remediation steps.
Whenever you see visible mold, get rid of it with the
boric acid powder mix and a wire brush attachment to a grinder,
hand-held wire brush, and hand-held hard bristle scrubber. Then use
the the boric mix to wash down all walls, floors, and house contents
such as furniture. You can also use a fogging machine to fog boric mix
in the basement, attic, and elsewhere in your home. If I can be of
further help, please email me. Best wishes, Phillip Fry,
expert, Certified Environmental Hygienist, Certified Mold
Inspector, and Certified Mold Remediator.
Q. We are purchasing a house
and the inspector has noted some white and black mold and moisture
content of 21-28%. It is Summer and we live in the Southeast so I hear
this is quite common for homes built in the 50's with crawlspaces.
While I read that closing off the crawlspace is the latest solution,
asking the sellers to seal off and close the crawlspace is not an
economic option. What are some other inexpensive suggestions that the
sellers might agree to? I am hearing things such as moisture retardant
poly, vent wells, extending downspouts away from house, dehumidifiers.
Also should I be wary of the black mold? How can I find out if it is a
heath hazard or wood destroying?
A. Closing in the crawl space
will not solve any existing mold infestations therein, and such
closing in will invite even more likely mold problems because of
reduced ventilation of the area. Water enters the crawl space through
surface water flow or wicking up from the ground.
Crawl space mold can easily grow into the floors and walls above.
In addition, airborne
mold spores from the
crawl space mold can travel in air currents to mold cross
contaminate the entire house and its heating/cooling system. Learn the
25 steps for safe and effective
mold remediation Expect that your purchased home will have hidden
mold growing inside walls, ceilings, floors, attic, and the
heating/cooling system---costing you thousands to find and mold
remediate. Even if you can find and fix all mold problems, you will
probably have to disclose the home's mold history to future home buyer
prospects and future tenants.
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