Traverse City Home Inspections LLC

Traverse City Home Inspections LLC

February 06, 2015 10:26 ET

Timothy Evans of Traverse City Home Inspection Advises Resale Home Buyers to Beware of Mold

Timothy Evans, owner of Traverse City Home Inspections LLC, a full-service home inspection company serving home buyers and sellers in Traverse City and northwest Michigan, warns of the serious potential health problems of mold and advises that before buying any resale home to hire a qualified home inspector for signs of mold

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN--(Marketwired - Feb. 6, 2015) - Existing homeowners and potential used home buyers often overlook a serious health hazard lurking in the building structure, according to Timothy Evans, owner of Traverse City Home Inspections LLC (, a full-service Traverse City home inspection company serving the west Michigan counties of Leelanau, Antrim, Benzie, Manistee, Wexford, Kalkaska, and Grand Traverse. "Anyone looking at making an offer on a resale home that is more than a few years old, should be having the home inspected by a qualified inspector who also has the ability and knowledge to identify signs of mold in the home," says Evans. "Mold inside drywall surfaces and growing on interior house framing can be an expensive fix because it's hard to get at. It may even be a factor in whether the potential buyer wants to proceed with the home purchase or walk away," adds Evans.

Molds are fungi that grow in filaments and reproduce by forming spores. Mold spores are very hardy and can survive under conditions in which mold cannot grow, such as in dry and harsh environments. These spores travel through outdoor and indoor air. When the mold spores land on a surface where moisture is present, they can then start to grow. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to clothing, shoes, bags, and pets can and be carried indoors. Mildew is sometimes used to refer to some kinds of mold, in particular, mold in the household with a grayish color, often seen in shower stalls and bathrooms. Mold thrives in damp, warm, and humid environments and can be found in any environment or season.

The most common types of indoor household molds include Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus. Stachybotrys chartarum (Black Mold) is a green/black mold that can also be found indoors ... but it is not as common as many other types of mold found in homes. Black Mold grows on surfaces that have high cellulose makeup like wood, fiberboard, gypsum board and paper - and it can be toxic in an indoor environment.

Exposure to moldy environments may cause health effects in some individuals while in others none at all, as people have various "sensitivities" to mold. For people that are sensitive, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation and skin irritation. People with mold "allergies" may have more severe reactions. Immune-compromised people or those with chronic lung illnesses can get infections in their lungs when exposed to mold.

In 2004, the Institute of Medicine found sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. They also found limited evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children. In 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued additional guidance pointing out the risks of indoor mold. Other studies have shown a link between early mold exposure and the development of asthma in some children, in particular among those children who are genetically susceptible to asthma development.

Inside your home, you can control mold growth by:

  • Controlling household humidity levels
  • Fix leaky roofs, windows, and pipes
  • Promptly clean and dry up damp areas
  • Ventilate shower, laundry, and cooking areas

Mold growth often looks like spots and can be many different colors. It almost always smells musty. If you can see or smell mold, a health risk can be present in your home. No matter what type of mold is present, you should remove it. Mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with commercial cleaning products, soap and water, or a bleach and water solution. On soft surfaces, the contaminated material often has to be removed and discarded.

"When hiring a professional home inspector for a resale home inspection, make sure to ask him to inspect for mold. A qualified professional home inspector will know what signs to look for. At Traverse City Home Inspections, checking for mold is part of our regular home inspection service. It is something that the buyer needs to know," explains Timothy Evans.

About Traverse City Home Inspections: Serving Northwest Michigan and the greater Traverse City area, Traverse City Home Inspections, provides customers with the information they when buying or selling a home. Seven day a week, Traverse City Home Inspections offers prompt, professional home inspections that include an insect and mold inspection at no additional charge. They are certified by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and the American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT), carry errors and omissions insurance along with liability insurance, and are fully bonded up to $10,000 through InterNACHI's "Honor Guarantee." Providing the best home inspection and specialty inspection services in Michigan, Traverse City Home Inspections' qualified home inspectors have top credentials through extensive training and continuing education. For more information about Traverse City Home Inspections, visit their website at or call 231-929-3525.

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