American Mold & Restoration

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Foreclosure Cleanup

foreclosureMold in a foreclosed or vacant house is a primary concern for the potential buyer, agent and the bank.

Without proper maintenance, the humidity level in a foreclosed property can increase and feed mold spores. There is a phrase in the industry, "Drywall is mold's best friend." If the drywall gets wet, there is an excellent possibility for mold growth. Remember that mold is like any organic or living thing -- it needs food and water to survive and reproduce. Humidity is a great water source for mold.

THERE ARE MANY REASONS THE HUMIDITY LEVEL IN A FORECLOSURE WILL RISE, CAUSING MOLD GROWTH

  • The electricity in a foreclosed home is often turned off, disabling the sump pump. This can result in a buildup of water in the lower level of the house.
  • Clogged drains, gutters and downspouts on the outside of the home will increase the possibility of water intrusion.
  • In the winter, pipes can burst, leaking water into a foreclosure.
  • In the summer, if the home is not cooled, then humidity levels will rise in the foreclosure, causing condensation and mold growth.

MOLD ISN'T THE ONLY PROBLEM THAT WE COMMONLY FIND IN FORECLOSURES

  • The homeowners frequently leave unwanted items which need to be hauled out and disposed of using our trash-out service.
  • Some homeowners under emotional distress will intentionally damage the property.