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Old 07-16-2012, 07:45 AM
 
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You probably have a water leak that you should get repaired.

It may not be "Black Mold". Spray it with Bleach & water (Tilex) and clean it up.
Just wondering if this is what you would suggest to a home buyer you represent or would you have them contact an expert?
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:42 PM
 
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Just wondering if this is what you would suggest to a home buyer you represent or would you have them contact an expert?
you know that mold is everywhere including in the great outdoors, right? mold on the wall isn't the problem. it's mold in the air inside the home in HIGH concentrations. if you've fixed the leak and cleaned up the surface mold with bleach/tilex/whatever, why wouldn't you be good to go?
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:18 AM
 
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you know that mold is everywhere including in the great outdoors, right? mold on the wall isn't the problem. it's mold in the air inside the home in HIGH concentrations. if you've fixed the leak and cleaned up the surface mold with bleach/tilex/whatever, why wouldn't you be good to go?
I'm not an expert in mold, but I know enough that black mold could produce mycotoxins, which can cause brain damage or even death.

I also know enough that killing the mold, whether through using bleach or taking away the water source, can cause an increase in toxins in the air. It is better to take precautions ... remove the mold (if possible), without killing it.

Also, while bleach is mentioned on various sites for use on hard surfaces only, they are changing this, to where bleach is not recommended Investigating, Evaluating, and Remediating Moisture and Mold Problems | Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings | US Environmental Protection Agency mainly because dead mold can spread mycotoxins.

Realtors should recommend contacting an expert in areas that the Realtor is not an expert in ... not recommend actions that could possibly cause brain damage or even death.

My opinion
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:44 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Just wondering if this is what you would suggest to a home buyer you represent or would you have them contact an expert?
If they were my client I would personally look at the mold and either recommend they just spray it with bleach water or have a professional evaluate depending on the situation. Mold is caused by water and the leak must be fixed 1st.

As mentioned there are all kinds of "Mold" everywhere in your house. I've seen people freak out over a spot the size of a golf ball or the stuff you see in your shower on occasion. If it's a minor spot, all you have to do is spray it and clean it up. If it's extensive, I might consult an expert. That can be very expensive and is determined by how bad the situation.

I've attended a few thousand home inspections over the years and addressed minor mold issues on occasion. I've never let a client buy a home with an extensive mold problem. So yes, DD I've got the experience to look at the situation, evaluate it and recommend the most cost effective method to handle.

Most times small amounts of mold can be just sprayed and cleaned up by the homeowner. JMO
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:59 AM
 
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toxic mold looks very different from the type of mold that might come from water damage under the sink
BUT a slow leak under a sink or inside a wall COULD cause toxic mold
check out the Internet/You Tube for mold remediation companies and look at their photos---

lot of the hype from past years was where people misrepresented the non-toxic mold as the more serious form--
just like all the complaints about child abuse in day care centers when there really was none to be found--
it was national hysteria topic
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Old 07-24-2012, 10:38 PM
 
Location: East Dallas
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Many freak about mold. It usually comes from a leak and if you fix the leak and clean with bleach usually cures the problem. Some of the weather reports give the mold counts and it is very high right now.
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Old 10-13-2014, 10:35 AM
 
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Default check out cdc website

I think its best to check out the cdc word on the topic (and diseases in general).

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