What do we know about mold? Can mold affect our health? What impact does mold have on real estate transactions? by Anastasia Ellis, SERVPRO of Santa Clara ~ Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2

Concerns are more likely to arise for “at risk” people, which might include immune suppressed or compromised individuals, young children and people with chronic inflammatory lung disease such as asthma and severe allergies. However, anyone may experience health problems associated with exposure to mold in damp buildings. Possible health effects include: runny nose, sneezing, coughing, aggravation of asthma, sore throat or inflammation of the sinuses. Mold discovered during a home inspection can have a negative impact on a real estate transaction. Buyers can become reluctant, wondering if they will be moving into a home that can have an adverse affect on their health later. The situation can sometimes become more complicated than it really is because of the unknowns about fixing a mold problem.

When mold is discovered consult with a professional who can remediate the problem and provide documentation that confirms that the mold problem was properly taken care of and is no longer a threat. In most cases the remedial work to be performed is straightforward and can be completed very quickly. SERVPRO professionals are trained and certified in mold remediation and use the specialized equipment and engineering controls necessary to safely eliminate mold contamination.

Anastasia Ellis SERVPRO of Santa Clara Phone: 408-392-9700 Email: aellis@servproofsantaclara.com servproofsantaclara.com/