Florida Home Inspections

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Mold and Florida Home Inspections

For home buyers, it is critical to know that Florida home inspections must include a comprehensive mold survey. This is because of the wonderful Florida climate that is sub-tropical and often very moist. Humidity in Florida can hover around 99% for weeks at a time. Given the warm temperatures, land that is only a few feet above sea level, and the lush tropical foliage to be found in most of the state, it's no wonder that mold presents some unique challenges to Florida residents.

The average home buyer today in any state orders a home inspection to avoid such hidden issues as ancient air conditioner/heating units, unrepaired roof leaks, and cracked foundations, each of which can cost a new homeowner a substantial amount of money to correct. The presence of destructive organisms can also mean disaster for the new home owners. Termites or mold can cause significant damage to a structure, and mold can even cause illness to residents.

Florida Home Inspections for Mold

Not only is it important to obtain a mold inspection before you purchase a home, it is also a good idea to get a mold inspection if you see any visible signs of mold or suspect the presence of mold because someone in your family is experiencing prolonged allergy-like symptoms or worse. It is suspected that mold spores can lie dormant for millions of years. When the spores come into contact with an organic food source, mild temperatures, and moisture, they can begin to grow into mold. Most of Florida provides an ideal environment for mold.

A mold inspection consists of several stages. The first is a series of questions about why you suspect the presence of mold, what you may have seen, and the condition of your home. Next will come an appointment for a detailed visual and scientific inspection of your property by a certified mold inspector. The inspector will take samples from suspicious areas and will forward those samples to a microbiology lab for analysis. Finally, you will receive a detailed report of the inspector's and lab's findings which will include recommendations about how to address any mold problem that was discovered.

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