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Mold Damage A Negotiating Point For Norristown Home Buyer

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Spores Floating in Norristown Homes Can Lead to Damage

SERVPRO Can Help You Make Your Norristown Dream Home Safe from Mold Infestations

Knowing that a home on your purchasing shortlist had previous mold issues is usually a disincentive to giving an offer. Understanding the life cycle of mold and proven professional methods to remediate mold damage takes the fear out of seriously considering buying a home with a history of mold growth. Our SERVPRO mold remediation team successfully puts the brakes on many cases of microbial growth, and our skills and experience put mold concerns in perspective.
Your family’s house hunt found a home to love, but possible mold damage causes hesitation to make an offer on this Norristown listing. Before you move on to other properties, take some time to educate yourself about the prevalence of mold spores in the area and why this home suffered an outbreak. We respond to mold growth questions constantly in the eastern Pennsylvania area. Using methods developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) our trained crews resolve similar issues, leaving the homes we treat comfortable and safe for habitation after a mold problem.
Mold spores are always present in the outdoor and indoor environments. They typically cause no problems, simply floating in the air and settling on surfaces. For mold to multiply, forming colonies, and filling the indoor air with that characteristic musty smell, three additional things need to join the spores. The temperature must be right for the strains involved. Carbon-based food sources must be available. Water must be present.
SERVPRO receives calls about mold growth and damage only when the third component, water or moisture, infiltrate a home. The facts are that mold likes the same temperatures humans prefer, and even a little soap scum or dust containing dead skin cells is a banquet for the fungus. Those two variables are impossible to eliminate in normal spaces. Water is the predictor for mold to cause issues, and the source of unwanted water almost always proves controllable.
Mold grows fast when water provides the catalyst. Within 24 to 48 hours spores activate and proliferate, which is why SERVPRO recommends water damage response times of hours, not days or weeks. Even if a colony takes hold in a residence, our workers have the skills and equipment to contain and remove the mold, disinfect the affected area, and then eliminate the moisture source to limit the possibility of future mold growth.
Unless the house of your dreams contains one room after another of unmitigated mold growth, chances are excellent the infestation either is in remission or can be mitigated by our SERVPRO team. Work with your realtor and us to investigate the actual extent of the mold problem in your potential home. Talk with a legal advisor to be certain you are not exposing yourself to unnecessary risk if you make an offer on a home you know had mold damage. You may be able to reduce the price of becoming a homeowner by refusing to panic about the word “mold,” but be certain to conquer any current microbial infestation before moving day.
Mold damage is less frightening when SERVPRO of Norristown is your partner in remediation. Call (610) 272-8520 to discuss options if mold is delaying your chance to purchase your perfect home.

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