Of the mold inspections that Air Allergen and Mold Testing performed for home purchases in 2010, ninety percent failed to meet the guidelines of most agencies and associations.
The California Healthy Building Study suggests that the inside spore count should be below 1,000 spores per cubic meter. The guidelines from a number of other agencies and associations are even more stringent.
The average spore count of the homes that failed was 51,903 per cubic meter of air. One third of the samples were above the 51,903 average. Fifty thousand spores per cubic meter is sufficient to affect anyone who is sensitive to mold spores, and many who are not normally affected.
The majority of the spores in all samples were Aspergillus/Penicillium. Many people are sensitive to Aspergillus/Penicillium spores as an allergen and asthma trigger, particularly the very young whose immune system is not fully developed, an older person whose immune system has grown tired, and those whose immune system is compromised by medication or disease. Some species of Aspergillus/Penicillium are thought to create mycotoxins, which can adversely affect everyone.
If you are thinking of purchasing a home, consider having the spore count checked before the purchase. Remediating a home for mold can be a significant cost. The cost to bring the home to a healthier spore count should be considered when making a purchase. Ask your Realtor to look out for both your health and wallet when selling you a home.
Companies who have worked with Air Allergen and Mold Testing
Atlanta Fine Homes, Apollo Realty, Aronov Realty, Austin Brokers, Blue Sky Realtors, Caldwell Banker, CB Richard Ellis, Cushman and Wakefield, Harry Norman Realtors, JIG Realty, Keller Williams Real Estate, LeCraw Realty, Pride Realty, Prudential Georgia Realty, REMax Realty, Schiff Real Estate, Sothby’s, Staton and Staton Realty