MOLD INFORMATION
One of the newest High Profile issues in realestate today is MOLD!
It is obviously impossible to cover everything mold related on our web site. However, we will attempt to enlighten you of some of the myths about mold.
WHAT IS MOLD?
Simply put – mold is a fungi, which is found almost anywhere. They can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. Molds are present in nature to break down the remains of all that dies, by recycling carbon,nitrogen, sulfur, phosphorus and other elements.
WHY IS MOLD A PROBLEM ?

Outdoors it’s not a problem, it’s essential. However, indoors these microorganisms settle on a damp spot and may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Mold growth may start within 24 to 48 hours of a water problem. Left unchecked, problems from offensive odors to potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins) may develop.

CAN MOLD CAUSE HEALTH PROBLEMS?
Since molds are everywhere, indoor molds are usually not a problem. But, with a water leak, high humidity or poor ventilation the stage is set for unhealthy quantities of mold to develop. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions including sneezing, runny nose, red eyes and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are common and exposure can irritate eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs. Research on mold health effects is ongoing and for more detailed information you should consult a health professional.
CAN I CLEAN THE MOLD MYSELF ?

Yes you can. HOWEVER, the methods many people use are incorrect and possibly harmful. For instance; Bleach is a common product used, the EPA, however, recommends NOT using Bleach for a number of reasons. Additionally, merely killing the mold with a biocide is not sufficient , as nonviable (dead) mold may still be toxic or allergenic . Cleaning the affected area without proper protective equipment may also be dangerous. Finally, should the mold source be inside the walls and or ceilings where you cannot clean, left unchecked ,the mold could actually destroy the structural integrity of the building.

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Effective: July 1, 2010,

Florida Law Requires Mold Assessors (Inspectors)
Mold Remediators & Home Inspectors to be licensed by the
Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Enforcement / Penalties for unlicensed activities
are delayed until March 2011.

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(Law requires experience & insurance / liability / E&O)

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