Growing Moldy in Portland

Total Count of Mycelial Fragments (fungal structures capable of reproduction): 23,100
Total Count of Fungal Spores (reproductive bodies): 58,200
100% of sample: Aspergillus/Penicillium-like (potentially allergenic, potentially toxigenic, water indicator mold type)
SAMPLE CONCLUSION: Condition 3 (actual mold growth) Confirmed

Your first reaction is, “that can’t be good.” You’re right. That’s pasted right out of the mold inspector’s report (who was brought in after the home inspector recommended a specialist). The solution is $7500 in remediation. The three steps to remediation are:

1) Removing the source of moisture by replacing the roof
2) Providing adequate ventilation to prevent high humidity levels
3) Treating and removing the existing active mold growth

The lesson learned here was the importance of roof maintenance. Moss growth hadn’t created visible leaks but allowed moisture to seep in.

One Comment on “Growing Moldy in Portland

  1. I think I understand. The Austin area has had over 33 inches of rain already this year and our annual average is around 34. We have had mold and mildew that nobody would ever expect to see in the summer months that are supposed to be hot and dry. Unsightly and unpleasant for allergy sufferers.

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