Mold Inspections are extremely crucial in today’s Foreclosure Market.
With so many houses that are being repossessed, there are a lot of uninhabited houses in the marketplace today. Uninhabited houses mean something, the house owner is not keeping the house correctly and this indicates possible mold.
Recently, we got a demand from among our customers to check out a house for possible mold in Port St. Lucie, Fl. They were buying the home in as-is condition with rights of inspection. The house was less than 5 years old and we were informed it had no history of water leakages. The realtor notified us that the house owner reconditioned the homeless than two years ago since they did not like the original cabinets. When someone says the house owner changes three-year-old cabinets to me, this is a Red Flag to possible water problems in the home. First Red Flag
The Home Inspector had checked the house out and said there were just a few small problems with the house.
There were roofing system tiles broken by the fireplace chimney that needed to be repaired however he said the roofing system was intact except for that area. The next problem area in this task was the broken roofing tiles by the chimney. Second Red Flag. That is why Mold Testing and Removal is necessary.
Weather History of an area is essential in this company, particularly for my clients. This house went through 4 cyclones considering that 2004. My experience with chimneys in South Florida is that they are incorrectly set up and not braced effectively to stand up to cyclone force winds. They tend to stop working during high winds such as a hurricane. This one was the third Red Flag for me.
The interior of your house looked pristine without any noticeable issues.
It was tiled in the Living Room and around the fireplace. Looked fantastic to the typical eye. New paint, perfect condition to the noticeable eye. If there is a flood in a home that lasts for an extended amount of time, the thin-set under the tiles tends to stop working and hollow spots will start to establish. Tapping on the tiles exposed numerous hollow areas under the tiles. Warning number 4, this one is quite serious. The hollow areas were all around the fireplace and adjacent walls.
I advised my client that we do extensive Microbial Testing in this area around the chimney. Microbial Testing of the interior walls within 10 feet of the fireplace revealed elevated levels of Chaetomium mold. Chaetomium needs high levels of wetness to grow, thus this location belonged to an undisclosed flood area. You guessed it, my client walked away from the deal, thus saving thousands of dollars in surprise microbial damage removal costs.
In conclusion, the moral of the story is not to think whatever you are told about a house, particularly the uninhabited one. Some house owners will inform you of the reality, while others will not tell you the entire truth. An Environmental Microbial Inspection is a necessary tool to find all the hidden problems in a house. A Home Mold Inspection is adequate most of the time but not constantly as you saw from this house. Adequate Environmental Microbial Testing is always required to make the right choice. When in doubt, constantly have your house checked by a certified firm to do Environmental Mold Testing especially when it is vacant.