DICK DELANEY HOME INSPECTIONS LLC MOLD INSPECTIONS
Mold is a fungus that comes in various colors (black, white, green, or gray) and shapes. While some molds are visible and even odorous, mold can also grow between walls, under floors and ceilings, or in less accessible spots, such as basements and attics. Mold does best in water-soaked materials (paneling, wallboard, carpet, paint, ceiling tiles, and the like), but can survive in almost any damp location. Mold can grow in houses situated in the desert, and it can grow in homes in hot and humid climes.
Here are some common places in a home where mold is likely to take hold:
• Around leaking pipes, windows, or roofs (the constant supply of water gives mold spores the start they need)
• Basements or other places that have flooded and haven't been thoroughly dried
• tightly sealed buildings (common with new construction), which trap excess moisture inside, and
• Homes with poor ventilation, numerous over-watered houseplants, and housekeeping habits that ignore obvious dampness and don't include airing the place out.
Besides presenting an ugly appearance, mold can cause health problems.