Peace of Mind for Home Inspections: Choose the Right Inspector!

Written by Wallace J. Conway

As sure asrepparttar spring flows at The Fountain of Youth, home inspecting provides a stream of knowledge to wash awayrepparttar 100124 fears of home buyers. But fear may be replaced by frustration ifrepparttar 100125 wrong inspector is chosen! Some pointers on selecting your next home inspector will go a long way toward makingrepparttar 100126 process a happy one.

Be sure to ask how longrepparttar 100127 inspector has been inrepparttar 100128 inspection business. Longevity gives comfort thatrepparttar 100129 company will be with you inrepparttar 100130 future as new needs and issues arise.

How many inspections hasrepparttar 100131 inspector personally performed? This is important! An inspector may have been in business for 5 years but inspected less than a dozen homes. Your home buying decision is far too important to be a practice place for a part-time inspector.

Confirm that your inspector has experience in homes similar torepparttar 100132 home you are having inspected. All homes have some systems and features in common, but new home in Eagle Harbor has risks and issues that differ from an historic beauty in St. Augustine. Only someone who has walkedrepparttar 100133 walk and crawledrepparttar 100134 crawl numerous times in similar homes can sleuth out those important items.

Didrepparttar 100135 American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) certifyrepparttar 100136 inspector? In Florida,repparttar 100137 business of home inspection is unregulated. This makes it especially important to verify professional credentials and experiences before making a selection.

Is There a Fungus Among Us?

Written by Wallace J. Conway

Mold has taken hold! Not thatrepparttar microbes have reached out and grabbed us, but rather they have captured our attention. A rash of recent high profile media stories have petrified many people with concerns for both their health and finances. While it is true in some situations that variations and concentrations of mold can kill us both physically and financially, inrepparttar 100123 vast majority of cases mold problems can be remedied simply and economically.

Molds exist naturally all around us. Molds play a vital role inrepparttar 100124 decomposition of organic waste such as in a compost pile. Other molds are essential inrepparttar 100125 creation of some of our finest foods, such as wine and cheese. But, when mold growth occurs in an inappropriate place or in extreme concentration,repparttar 100126 health of our home and family can be at risk.

All molds need two basic ingredients to grow, food and water. The favorite food of mold is cellulose. In our home, cellulose is a common constituent. Wood, paper, cotton, and drywall are plentiful in construction and are great sources of cellulose. Water is everywhere in our homes, both onrepparttar 100127 surfaces and inrepparttar 100128 air.

Asrepparttar 100129 tightness of our homes has increased in response to a desire to conserve energy,repparttar 100130 unintended consequence has beenrepparttar 100131 trapping of moisture. The increase in moisture in our homes has in some cases resulted in a relative humidity aboverepparttar 100132 60% level needed to sustain mold growth in interior spaces. In some cases,repparttar 100133 moisture level ofrepparttar 100134 interior spaces is belowrepparttar 100135 mold growth threshold, butrepparttar 100136 exterior wall cavities retainrepparttar 100137 required moisture level for rapid mold growth withinrepparttar 100138 walls. To make matters worse, this condition is also perfect for accelerated wood rot and termite infestation.

So what is a reasonable person to do? Much like a physical exam isrepparttar 100139 first step in a plan for personal health, a home inspection isrepparttar 100140 first step in a mold survey. The intent ofrepparttar 100141 inspection is to seek out all sources of moisture that may contribute to an environment that is attractive to mold and to visually identify any existing mold colonies. Roof leaks, plumbing leaks, and improper sprinkler positioning are amongrepparttar 100142 more common sources of mold-causing moisture problems. After identification ofrepparttar 100143 moisture source, a reasonable and practical remedy can be prescribed.

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