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Old 5/16/18, 10:59 AM
Christopher Mayne Christopher Mayne is offline
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To avoid future mold issues, dry water-damaged areas and items within 24 to 48 hours. Molds produce allergens, irritants and sometimes toxic substances. Mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. If mold growth is present in the home, the water problem must be fixed

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Old 5/17/18, 12:35 AM
Harry Jordan Harry Jordan is offline
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I was doing a sewer scope for a customer. When I walked into the basement all I could smell was this musty smell. When I looked around all the insulation was black and there was efflorescence all over the basement walls.

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Old 5/17/18, 12:55 AM
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I read the mold article along with taking this class. I was surprised to learn that mold spores are everywhere. The article and class describe the clean up process. Using detergent and water after you fix any water leaks before letting it fully dry. Carpet and ceiling tiles usually need thrown away because the mold can stick in the gaps. The biggest thing I learned was the importance of cleaning the mold as soon as its seen and stop the moisture problems.

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Old 5/18/18, 4:55 PM
Donald W. Pestun Donald W. Pestun is offline
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I have provided a picture of biological growth (mold) found in the attic of a home which is yet to be confirmed. Color, pattern and location of the biological growth should be key indicators that require further analysis when inspecting. A sample of the growth using a test medium like Bio-Tape in many cases will provide enough of a sample to the laboratory. Without a determination of biological growth, the homeowner may be placing their family and home structure in unnecessary jeopardy.

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Old 5/19/18, 3:07 PM
Brian Cooper Brian Cooper is offline
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The right rear corner basement wall showed evidence of suspected mold/fungi like substance. Recommend inspection and evaluation by a qualified mold inspector to determine the exact nature of the substance. Recommend repairs/remediation based on those findings by a licensed contractor.

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Old 5/19/18, 3:11 PM
Brian Cooper Brian Cooper is offline
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Mold, Moisture and Your Home- I learned that mold can cause health issues, structural damage and unpleasant odors. The main key to preventing mold growth is moisture control. Moisture in a home that is not treated immediately can lead to mold growth.

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Old 5/21/18, 10:55 AM
Mark A. Tangusso, HC7366 Mark A. Tangusso, HC7366 is offline
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Here is an image of a HVAC units duct work, the unit is installed is an attic. The image shows the attachment area of the duct work to the unit. There is evidence of air leakage at the attacment area which is causing condensation to form where the cold air meets the hot air in the attic space causing an environment conducive to mood growth.

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Old 5/21/18, 11:04 AM
Mark A. Tangusso, HC7366 Mark A. Tangusso, HC7366 is offline
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I own a home inspection business in Florida consisting of myself and one other inspector, Imam currently taking the mold inspection course for my continuing education. In the past I have been afraid of dealing or even mentioning the word mold on my Inspections because of last lability reasons. After taking this course I am now considering offering mold inspection services.

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Old 5/21/18, 1:15 PM
Gary James Gary James is offline
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This is a photo of an air filter on the furnace of a central air heating and cooling system. The filter is clean and has no visible indication of biological growth. There is also no visible water or condensation on or around the unit

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Old 5/21/18, 1:21 PM
Gary James Gary James is offline
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Due to the many health risk and situations that are associated with mold and mold spores, the use of proper PPE is extremely important in conducting a safe and proper mold inspection. No corners should be cut in this area of such importance.

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Old 5/22/18, 12:33 PM
Aaron Lambert Aaron Lambert is offline
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This picture was taken inside a crawlspace that had obvious moisture problems. The home owner was advised to have the mold like substance tested to confirm or deny the presence of mold. They were also advised to properly install a vapor barrier on the floor of the crawlspace, improve exterior grading, and add a dehumidifier. The substance tested positive for mold and they had it professionally remediated.

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Old 5/22/18, 12:37 PM
Aaron Lambert Aaron Lambert is offline
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I chose to view some images of attic condensation from the image gallery. Controlling condensation can start with proper insulation and ventilation in the attic space. Also making sure that vents from appliances and kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans are venting to the exterior.

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Old 5/22/18, 2:36 PM
Robert J. Wentz, HI 76 Robert J. Wentz, HI 76 is offline
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This mold growth was found in between the drop ceiling tiles and the backside of the floor from above. Treatment included spraying an advanced cleaning solution of Hydrogen peroxide and Alcohol with a surfactant and quat ingredient which removed and killed the mold after which fog treatment of an effectual antimicrobial treatment

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Old 5/22/18, 2:43 PM
Robert J. Wentz, HI 76 Robert J. Wentz, HI 76 is offline
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Molds will grow in places where water intrusion or moisture may have occurred. Molds can gradually destroy the things they grow on. You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.

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Old 5/22/18, 4:01 PM
Anthony Dudley Anthony Dudley is offline
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After inspection the drainage system along the back wall of this garage for the source of pooling and mold growth I found a damaged drain from a downspout of the end of the garage indicating poor drainage in the area of concern. Noted in the report of the damaged unit recommended the repair or replacement of the 90' drain and the need drainage away from the foundation at that point!

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