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       Q. March 9, 2012. I am trying to fix up my house for sale and over the years we have had some incredible storms (I live in a suburb of Chicago). At first my main problem was that during an extreme storm my basement window would fill up and the water would come through the window well ,so even though my sump pump was keeping up I still got water in the basement. I eventually had Perma-seal come and they installed a PVC drain to go directly into the sump pump. We thought our problem was solved but we had a very bad storm and the sump pump couldn't keep up, So we had our yard re- graded with drain tiles to hopefully channel the water away from the foundation. We don't know if that took care of the problem but we hope and pray it did. So the bottom line is we have some mold. Each time I experienced water I tried to clean everything up and air it out but none the less I have some mold. We have coverage on our insurance for mold cleanup, but was wondering how that would effect the sale of the house if they see there has been a mold remediation company come in? If it affects the sale negatively I was thinking about doing it myself with one of your blasters. It doesn't smell extremely bad but I can see some mold on the concrete and there is some on the wood. To sum up my questions: In your opinion should I have a company come out or try to do it myself? How could using a remediation company affect the sale of my home? Should I use boric acid powder as a mold cleaner and for mold fogging? With the use of the Blaster do you still need to scrub down every area that has mold or will the blaster take care of unseen, unscrubbed mold? Do you suggest using a fogger first and if so do you still need to scrub everything?
     A.  You are wise to get rid of the mold problems before you offer your house for sale, as you have decided to do. Read your insurance policy very carefully because most policies exclude coverage for mold unless the mold is a direct result of an insurable accident such as a flood, weather storm or fire. If you file a mold claim, whether or not it ever gets paid, you and your property address will both be entered into the insurance industry claims database C.L.U.E. that could raise your future insurance cost and make your house hard to sell (because smart buyers check the C.L.U.E. data base about specific properties they are considering to buy.  My suggestion is that you do the mold remediation yourself to get the job done right and at an affordable price.  Most mold remediators fail to find all of the mold hidden inside walls, ceilings, floors, heating/cooling equipment and ducts, basement, crawl space, and attic. In addition, mold contractors take unfortunate shortcuts and use poorly trained and supervised workers. Your first step is to use the home model Bio3Blaster ozone generator to inject high ozone for at least one hour in each area of your house, starting with the basement and including all rooms, attic and HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) equipment and ducts.  You will also do another ozone generator treatment after you have done all of the next mold remediation steps.  Whenever you see visible mold, get rid of it with the boric acid powder mix and a wire brush attachment to a grinder, hand-held wire brush, and hand-held hard bristle scrubber. Then use the the boric mix to wash down all walls, floors, and house contents such as furniture. You can also use a fogging machine to fog boric mix in the basement, attic, and elsewhere in your home. If I can be of further help, please email me. Best wishes, Phillip Fry, mold expert, Certified Environmental Hygienist, Certified Mold Inspector, and Certified Mold Remediator.

      
Q. We are purchasing a house and the inspector has noted some white and black mold and moisture content of 21-28%. It is Summer and we live in the Southeast so I hear this is quite common for homes built in the 50's with crawlspaces. While I read that closing off the crawlspace is the latest solution, asking the sellers to seal off and close the crawlspace is not an economic option. What are some other inexpensive suggestions that the sellers might agree to? I am hearing things such as moisture retardant poly, vent wells, extending downspouts away from house, dehumidifiers. Also should I be wary of the black mold? How can I find out if it is a heath hazard or wood destroying?
         A. Closing in the crawl space will not solve any existing mold infestations therein, and such closing in will invite even more likely mold problems because of reduced ventilation of the area. Water enters the crawl space through surface water flow or wicking up from the ground. Crawl space mold can easily grow into the floors and walls above. In addition, airborne mold spores from the crawl space mold can travel in air currents to mold cross contaminate the entire house and its heating/cooling system. Learn the 25 steps for safe and effective mold remediation Expect that your purchased home will have hidden mold growing inside walls, ceilings, floors, attic, and the heating/cooling system---costing you thousands to find and mold remediate. Even if you can find and fix all mold problems, you will probably have to disclose the home's mold history to future home buyer prospects and future tenants.

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