Home Improvement Scams - Mold

Posted by on Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 9:43am.    1118 Views

Mold - Health, Money and Home Improvement Scams

home improvement scams moldScam artists love to prey on people's immediate needs, fear and ignorance about things. Have you ever taken your car to a mechanic and thought "Is he lying to me?" At some point, we have all had an immediate need, and unfortunately this is when scam artists like to cultivate fear knowing full well you probably know nothing about the subject.

I found this entertaining, enlightening video on the topic of household mold.

Selling dozens of homes in Southwestern Ohio each year, I have been in my fair share of moldy homes, especially with HUD homes and foreclosures. I can tell you that mold are no fun. It's a concern, absolutely. Especially if you or your children have certain health issues. At the same time though, just like anything else, "professionals" of questionable character will get out the snake oil and start trying to milk it.

Don't get me wrong, sometimes mold issues must be mitigated but lets get real. You may have to strip a room down to it's bones and start over but many mild-moderate problems can be remedied with a spritz of bleach water. Watch out though; some mold mitigation services will tell you how dangerous and deadly mold is and make a big show of it for you hoping to sell expensive and often unnecessary services.

Many don't realize they are breathing millions of mold spores a day, have their entire lives and it's perfectly normal. If, however, you have a lot of mold in the home you'll need to address it but it's more important to address the issues that are causing it.

Mold requires three things to survive; nutrition, warmth and water. There's absolutely nothing you can do about the first two, but homes have sources of moisture that are obvious but also obscure and these are what really need to be addressed. It's good to get mold taken care of, but more importantly; fix the source. 

I've had some clients ask me where mold keeps coming from in a kitchen pantry or in a seemingly dry corner of a room. You'd be surprised at just how sneaky moisture can be. I found this entertaining video about mold to share and there are many great examples about overlooked places where moisture comes from. Fix these and your mold problem won't come back.

3 Responses to "Home Improvement Scams - Mold"

Greg Hancock wrote: I've often felt that mold mitigation services can be outrageous. Thanks for spelling it out Marty. If it's inside the walls, rather than pay expensive mold mitigation, rip it out, clean it out, repair it and find and repair the source of the moisture. This was a really good read, enjoyed the video too, funny but serious.

Posted on Friday, July 11th, 2014 at 12:04pm.

Diane Goodwin wrote: Great read Marty. I agree mold has been taken to the extreme in some cases. Depending on the age of the person, I believe we all at one time have resided in a home or went to a school that had mold. Clorox water, strip down of walls, or tear out sometimes will work. Thanks Marty

Posted on Friday, July 18th, 2014 at 1:53pm.

Marty Snyder wrote: Diane, it appears that you have been reading (commenting on) several of my blog articles and I appreciate your patronage. Mold is not something to be taken lightly. It can be very hazardous to a persons health, especially if they are breathing in the spores on a constant basis.

Posted on Friday, July 18th, 2014 at 2:56pm.

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