<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Mold Remediation - Property Inspection and Maintenance





Property Inspection


Last weekend, I took a mold seminar and became certified as a mold professional.

Some of the anecdotes worth sharing with people with property issues are the following.

  • Toxic molds remain toxic even if non-viable.

What this means is that even if water damage occurred 10-20 years ago, infected building materials need to be removed.  While air quality may be less an issue with non-viable spores, the potential for allergic reactions as well as toxic consequences exists.

  • Seemingly modest problems can cause extensive damage.

Some of the situations discussed in the seminar would constitute a basic checklist for property inspection, but the truly hair raising issues fell into three main categories.

  1. Construction materials and methods
  2. Deferred maintenance
  3. Acts of Nature


As I will keep reminding readers, my forté is health, not inspection or remediation.  This said, some points to keep in mind are that tighter, more energy efficient homes and offices do not breathe well.  Ideally, the lower parts of properties—crawl spaces and basements—should be sealed and the upper areas, like attics, should be ventilated so as to allow hot, humid air a way to escape.  For the most part, houses are built in the opposite manner:  the crawl spaces are ventilated and often have very high humidity whereas the attics are tight.  Changing this will most likely result in an improvement in air quality.


Mold is opportunistic.  If will activate if exposed to moisture for 24-48 hours.  Condensation on pipes and windows, plumbing leaks, air conditioning and heating systems that are not maintained properly, as well as down spouts that do not distribute water away from the property are all potentially hazardous.  One of the accounts discussed in the seminar was a relatively small break in the caulking of a shower that affected half of a home.  Another was of a defective wax ring under the commode which resulted in damage to the master bedroom, kitchen, dining room, and living room.

Water can travel underneath flooring and inside enclosed walls without anyone noticing until an area becomes visibly wet, soft, or discolored.  Unfortunately, the absence of early warning can be dangerous for occupants.

There are many more inspection points to keep in mind.  These involve exterior factors such as slope of the land, landscaping and watering systems, hot tubs, gutters and down spouts, wood piles, direction of wind, roofing, caulking of windows, etc., etc., etc.  A trained inspector can explore the issues and discuss what is required to alleviate mold risk.

Acts of Nature

As noted on my opening page, we are today faced with global warming, changes in weather patterns, and increasingly ferocious rain, tsunamis, and hurricanes.  All these constitute ongoing risks as well as large scale crises to manage.  My prayer is that increased awareness of the precarious nature of life will encourage people to value life more and perhaps also to live more harmoniously.  I would also urge everyone to take an interest in environmental issues and apply what you learn to your own life.  It is the best any of us can do in these times.

Ingrid Naiman
6 October 2005

Mold Professional Certificate

Sacred Medicine Sanctuary



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