Environments Issues ...
Mold is a microorganism that has tiny seeds, or spores, that are
spread on the air, land, and feed on organic matter.
It has been in existence throughout human history, and actually
contributes to the life process.
It takes many different forms, many of them benign, or simply
allergens. However, there are less common molds that are called
toxigens that represent a serious health threat, and pathogens
can have adverse health effects on the very young, the elderly,
and individuals with suppressed immune systems.
Luckily, the molds that commonly appear on ceramic tiles in bathrooms
do not usually constitute a health threat, although they should be
But some visibly similar molds that form on cellulose materials,
such as on drywall, plaster, and wood, may be toxigenic.
The specific identification of molds can only be determined
by specialists and laboratory analysis, and is absolutely beyond
the scope of our inspection.
Because molds flourish in the presence of moisture, your NAHIPA
Member Inspector will make a concerted effort to look for any
evidence of mold wherever there could be a water source,
including that from condensation.
Nevertheless, mold can appear at any time,
so you should be prepared to monitor your home, paying particular
attention to highly susceptible areas such as tubs,
showers, toilets, sinks,
water heaters, evaporator coils, inside attics with unvented
bathroom exhaust fans, and return-air compartments that draw
As a prudent investment in environmental hygiene, we
recommend that you have your home tested for the
presence of any such contaminants, and particularly if you
or any member of your family suffers from allergies or asthma.
If you would like to learn more about mold, we urge you to
visit the EPA website section on mold.
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