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Home Inspection Newsletter - Putting Mold in Perspective

Posted by Kaitlyn Yantzi on Oct 22, 2012 10:28:00 AM



Putting Mold in Perspective

At Carson Dunlop we recognize that homeowners want their homes to break the mold, literally. Mold is a common cause for concern. Not only does it present potential health issues, it can also be indicative of other issues within the home.Every home has the potential for mold - if it can grow on your bread, it can grow on your walls. This isn't meant to cause alarm, but rather to show when an alarm should or shouldn't be raised. The objective of a mold-free home is unrealistic. Mold cannot be entirely eliminated, but it can be controlled. Mold needs four things to grow:

1. Mold spores

2. A food source

3. Temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit

4. Moisture

Small quantities of mold spores are present in the air of every building, food sources are present in every home, and no human is comfortable in temperatures less than 40 degrees or more than 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Ultimately, the best and really the only way to prevent mold from growing is to control moisture. Curing leaks, improving drainage, and drying things up are important steps in controlling mold. Regular system maintenance, home repair, and home assessment are critical in controlling mold presence.

>> Check the drainage around the exterior of your home. Make sure the ground slopes away from your foundation wall to keep water away from your basement.

>> Gutters and downspouts should be kept clear of leaves and debris and any leaks should be repaired.

>> Ensure your attic is properly ventilated and that there are no exhaust fans discharging into the roof space.

>> Make sure there are no leaks in your roof or wall systems.

Professional Home Inspectors are building scientists rather than health scientists, and unless they have special qualifications, typically do not inspect for mold. Inspectors look at all building systems and components in a general Home Inspection, and identify readily accessible and visible moisture issues. Where mold is a concern, a professional mold inspection may be logical. Having an indoor air quality assessment performed will help in identifying excessive mold issues and provide advice on remediation tactics.

In most homes, good maintenance and common sense are the best weapons against mold. As Home Inspectors have been saying for years: moisture is the biggest enemy of homes. Mold may be one of the results of that moisture.


Meet the Newest Members of the Carson Dunlop Homeowners Association

The Carson Dunlop Homeowners Association is pleased to announce the addition of two new partners: Canadian Tire and Perkopolis. The Homeowners Association is a not-for-profit program developed Canadianexclusively for Carson Dunlop clients. It provides continued support after the Home Inspection has been performed. Clients are offered discounts and preferred rates on a variety of product and services through program members.


>> Canadian Tire Home Services is pleased to offer Carson Dunlop customers a 5% Canadian Tire 'Money' On The Card bonus when using their Canadian Tire Options Mastercard for the purchase of any heating and/or cooling system from Canadian Tire Home Services. To lean more, visit canadiantire.ca/homeservices. Attractive financing available.


>> Perkopolis is a free benefits service, providing participants with discounts and deals on a wide range of items, from event tickets to cable prices.

The Homeowners Association is part of Carson Dunlop's commitment to providing extraordinary value and exceeding expectations. For more information on the Carson Dunlop Homeowners Association or any of its partners, click here or call 800.268.7070.

October Poll

Last month we asked homeowners what they believed to be the primary cause of mold in a home:


Topics: Mold, Homeowners, October, Newsletter