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Wednesday, October 31 2018

What do you do when your home sale is held up by mold?

Realtors and home buyers are by no means “mold experts.”  However, many have sensitive noses or respiratory conditions that are pretty accurate mold detection systems.  We can actually smell or feel the problem upon entering a property. Sanibel real estate
Sanibel real estate Recently a buyer of a condo requested a Mold Inspection on a property that did not evidence any mold presence, no smell and no itchy nose.  The inspection report came back with one mold variety inside the unit sky high.  This was as compared to the same variety outside the unit.  This is never good!
Upon further review, there were no leaks, the air conditioner worked properly and there was no evidence of any excess moisture.  The diagnosis, from the licensed, mold remediation professional, a “Mold Bloom”.  The likely cause – the deep cleaning that took place right before the owners went north for the summer.  The tile floors were mopped and had not dried completely prior to the hurricane shutters being closed and the faulty or non-calibrated humidistat set.  The moisture, the darkness and the 80+ degree temperature set off the Bloom – Wow!! Sanibel real estate

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Unfortunately, the mold remediation is the same as if there were a more systemic problem and it was not inexpensive to treat.  A couple of recommendations: 

1.  If you have a Humidistat on your Air Conditioning system – have it checked.  Or, in the words of the Mold Remediation professional – “take the darn thing off”!  His take was that they more often malfunction than work so removing it is the better route. 

2.  Prior to closing up your house for the Summer, make sure all water sources are turned off and that damp surfaces and materials are dry before you go.  

Humidity and Southwest Florida go hand-in-hand.  We just need to prevent what is outside from coming inside. 

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