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Take the Proper Steps to Prevent Mold Buildup in Your Home

  • By Donny Lambert
  • 01 Mar, 2017

Mold—it’s one of every homeowner’s worst nightmares. What makes it so dangerous is how easy it is easy for homeowners to underestimate it. Mold can quickly infest a home when there is a constant source of excessive moisture. The more mold that is present, the worse for your health, especially if that mold is airborne. It can also grow at a rate that is alarmingly quick. In worst case scenarios, mold can grow to the point where it is impossible to remove.

Before Bona Fide Home and Mold Inspections can visit your home to properly detect mold , it may be helpful to determine what kind of mold you are dealing with.  Cladosporium, aspergillus, penicillium, acremonium, stachybotrys and alternaria are among the most common types in residential homes. The best way to detect the mold often depends on the type of mold it is. Of these variances of mold, be especially cautions regarding aspergillius, acremonium, and stachybotrys. If you suspect that the mold is dangerous or potentially harmful to your health, stop what you are doing and call us immediately to safely eliminate it.

You should also keep in mind that mold often forms in damp environments. Take a tour of your home’s basement and really examine it.  If your home has leaking pipes or cracked foundations, for example, additional moisture is forming in your house. This often allows excess water to enter your home and remain there—an ideal breeding ground for many types of mold.

While watching for the signs of mold can be done unsupervised at your convenience, we highly recommend that a professional business like Bona Fide Home and Mold Inspections takes the required steps to properly inspect your home.

If you are noticing one or more signs of mold in your home, Bona Fide Home and Mold Inspections is just a phone call away. We are committed to keeping your home as clean and safe as possible. If you live in the state of Rhode Island, give us a call at 401-644-3930 to schedule an expert inspection. Reach us at 617-360-1590 to schedule an inspection in Massachusetts.


Did You Know...

By Donny Lambert 26 Jun, 2017
As the weather warms up and the spring rains fall, the world blooms to life. While the grass is greening and the flowers are growing, so too are hidden allergens such as mold. In addition to proliferating outside, warm weather can amp if the growth of mold inside your home.
 
Mold growth around the home
Inside your home, molds can be found in a variety of locations. This can include damp basements, stuffy closets, under baseboards and behind walls. In addition, they thrive in warm and moist environments such bathrooms, the laundry room and kitchens. They can also live quite nicely in food storage areas and drip pans. Other areas you might not expect to find mold include:
  • Mattresses
  • Upholstered furniture
  • Pillows
  • Chimneys
  • Carpeting
  • Drapery
Fighting mold in your home
Diligence is the key to combatting mold in your home. By fighting it at the source, you are less likely to have a mold growth issue this spring and summer.
  • Gutters and roof –   Keep your roof in good repair to avoid pooling water up that can cause damage inside your attic or other areas of your home. In addition, be sure the keep your gutters free of leaves and other debris so that water does not collect inside.
  • Inspect foundation areas –   Be sure that the ground next to your foundation slopes away from your home. This will ensure that as water drains it will roll away from the foundation.
  • Fix leaks –   If you have leaking pipes, roofing, appliances or other areas in your home, repair them immediately eliminate standing water.
  • Condensation –   Wipe up any condensation that forms on walls, windows or pipes to avoid drips and excess water.
  • Visible mold –   If you see mold growth in any area of your home, clean it up immediately with a bleach and water mixture.
  • Clean air conditioner –   clean the drip pans, drain lines and even your HVAC system to ensure that mold not is blowing around your home.
  • Reduce humidity levels –   When possible, run and air conditioner during humid weather. Keeping the   relative humidity levels   in your home between 30 and 50 percent offers an ideal climate in your home.
If you are concerned about mold growth in your home, contact the team at   Bona Fide Home Inspections   to schedule a   mold inspection .
By Donny Lambert 25 Apr, 2017
Most people don’t hire a home inspector on a regular basis. Knowing the correct things to ask when contacting them is important to ensure that you receive a quality inspection that meet all your requirements.

  • Are you certified - Reputable home inspectors will be members of the  American Society of Home Inspectors  or the  International Association of Certified Home Inspectors .
  • Background, please - The best home inspectors are typically those who have experience in the real estate or building industry. This is especially important if you’re planning to purchase an older home, as inspectors may need to look for problems in older homes that are uncommon in newer properties.
  • Years of Experience – There is nothing quite like working with someone who has a proven track record. Training and years in the field allow qualified inspectors to know exactly what to look for during the inspection process.
  • How long – An average home inspection should take two or three hours to complete. Someone who says they will be in and out in under an hour is probably not going to do a very good job.
  • What is included – It is not a home inspector’s job to inspect things that can’t be seen. Your inspection will not reveal wiring problems hidden behind drywall or any mold problems under the shower tiles, unless the inspector is trained to spot these issues.
  • Can I attend the inspection – A refusal to this simple request should be a huge red flag. A home inspection is a great way to learn about your home and find out what repairs might be required. A forthright inspector should be happy to let you be a part of the process and give you this important insight.
  • Inspection report - Most inspectors will provide a report within 24 hours. It is crucial that the inspector’s reporting style meet the requirements of your mortgage lender as well as your own personal requirements. If you are concerned about this, request samples of previous home inspection reports.

At  Bona Fide Home Inspections , we have thirty years of experience in the inspection industry. We offer complete home inspection results within 24 hours, and provide comprehensive details on our findings.  Contact us  to set an appointment today.
By Donny Lambert 03 Apr, 2017
Mold growth within a home can be a very serious issue. Black mold can render a home uninhabitable and can cause a wide variety of health issues. Most homes have mold at some point or another, and often it is minor and can be removed with common household cleaners. Do you know when is mold a serious concern and warrants a mold inspection?
 
If you see, smell or find mold growth within your home, it might be a good idea to consider testing. This is especially true if a member of your household has allergies, asthma or other breathing issues. Hiring a professional inspector, experienced at collecting and analyzing mold samples is the best way to ensure accurate results.
 
Smell
One of the first clues to a mold issue either inside or outside of your home is a significant moldy smell. Many people describe the smell as musty or damp and is not covered up by deodorizers or air fresheners.
 
Visible mold growth
Seeing mold is by far the most reliable way to determine that there might be an issue. However, looks can be deceiving. Even if just a small amount of mold is found, there could be far more growing inside walls. With mold, what you see is not always what you get and the growth you cannot see is often the most detrimental.
 
Standing water
Mold loves to grow in damp areas. If you have had a problem with standing water, previous flooding issues or leaks, it might be just the start of bigger issues if it the water not cleaned up in a timely manner.  
 
Health issues
Black mold is by far the most detrimental to health and can cause skin issues, respiratory problems and much more, including:
 
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Irritation of the mucous membranes
  • Internal organ damage
  • Mental impairment
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Immune system suppression
 
If you are concerned about mold within your home, it is important to contact a qualified home inspector.   Bona Fide Home and Mold Inspections   will conduct a thorough examination of your property and provide a comprehensive report within 48 hours of inspection.   Contact us   today to schedule your inspection.
By Donny Lambert 01 Mar, 2017

Mold—it’s one of every homeowner’s worst nightmares. What makes it so dangerous is how easy it is easy for homeowners to underestimate it. Mold can quickly infest a home when there is a constant source of excessive moisture. The more mold that is present, the worse for your health, especially if that mold is airborne. It can also grow at a rate that is alarmingly quick. In worst case scenarios, mold can grow to the point where it is impossible to remove.

Before Bona Fide Home and Mold Inspections can visit your home to properly detect mold , it may be helpful to determine what kind of mold you are dealing with.  Cladosporium, aspergillus, penicillium, acremonium, stachybotrys and alternaria are among the most common types in residential homes. The best way to detect the mold often depends on the type of mold it is. Of these variances of mold, be especially cautions regarding aspergillius, acremonium, and stachybotrys. If you suspect that the mold is dangerous or potentially harmful to your health, stop what you are doing and call us immediately to safely eliminate it.

You should also keep in mind that mold often forms in damp environments. Take a tour of your home’s basement and really examine it.  If your home has leaking pipes or cracked foundations, for example, additional moisture is forming in your house. This often allows excess water to enter your home and remain there—an ideal breeding ground for many types of mold.

While watching for the signs of mold can be done unsupervised at your convenience, we highly recommend that a professional business like Bona Fide Home and Mold Inspections takes the required steps to properly inspect your home.

If you are noticing one or more signs of mold in your home, Bona Fide Home and Mold Inspections is just a phone call away. We are committed to keeping your home as clean and safe as possible. If you live in the state of Rhode Island, give us a call at 401-644-3930 to schedule an expert inspection. Reach us at 617-360-1590 to schedule an inspection in Massachusetts.


By Donny Lambert 04 Feb, 2016

Stairways and Handrails

Whenever you have more than 3 stairs either outside or inside, it’s always recommended that there be adequate hand rails / railings that you can grab on to both for support and in the event that you or someone trips and starts tumbling / falling down. The important thing with railings is to have handrails / railings that you or a child can grab onto by wrapping your hands easily around the railing(s). 2x4 wood studs do not qualify as adequate railings because you can’t grab on to them.

Additionally, for child safety reasons, no vertical or horizontal railings should have more than 4 inch spacings between them at any area if the stairs are above 30 inches in height ( these height levels vary from community to community…so please consult your local building and safety department for height requirements ).

So, always be sure to have approved wood or metal railings installed at the appropriate heights so that they can be easily grabbed on to in the event of a fall or just for support while going up or down stairs.

By Donny Lambert 27 Jan, 2016
If your home is equipped with GFI’s at various areas….it is important to know that you must occasionally push the Test Button on each receptacle periodically in order to keep the GFI working properly. When you push the Test Button, you should hear a little snap which means that the Test Button is working properly, the Reset Button has popped out slightly and the power to the GFI has now been shut off. To restore power, simply push the Reset Button back in to the GFI and the power is now restored. If however, upon pushing the Test Button, the Reset Button does not pop out or the Reset Button has popped out but you cannot push it back in… then the GFI is no longer working properly !!
By Donny Lambert 14 Jan, 2016

If you have a free standing water heater ( they usually come in 30, 40 and 50 gallon sizes ) and you’re ever in need of some additional water for whatever reason…you can drain whatever water is in your water heater by opening the bottom valve that looks exactly like a valve that you would connect a hose to.

In fact it’s recommended that you connect a hose to this bottom valve at least once a year and let the water drain out in order to clean the interior of the water heater of sediment that can build up on the inside of the heater over a period of time. Additionally, doing so can extend the life of the water heater in most cases.

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