Crawl spaces and attics are common places to find mold. Mold in these non living areas can go unnoticed for months or even years. Often, the problem is undiscovered until a thorough home inspection is performed when the house is being bought or sold; leaving buyers, sellers, and real estate agents wondering what they should do next. What may seem like a small hiccup in the real estate transaction can be complicated by newscasts, websites, and mold remediators that try to scare you into buying more expensive services than you need.
Molds can be found in every environment throughout the world, including here in Indiana. Like mushrooms, many kinds of wood rot, and mildew; mold is part of the Fungi Kingdom. Outdoors, molds provide a valuable service to our planet by breaking down dead plant materials along with other microscopic organisms. Molds reproduce through the release of spores into their environments. These spores settle on surfaces and, if conditions are right, amplify into large colonies.