Integrity: home inspectors may be required to undergo background checks – chapter 10

The dictionary defines integrity as “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.” Integrity  is the foundation of any industry. Inspectors should always demonstrate moral and ethical principles. After all, people’s lives are at risk. How will someone ever listen to an inspector about water intrusion, mold or sinkholes if they do… Read more »

Florida sinkholes and the inspector – chapter 9

Earlier this month, a sinkhole swallowed 37-year-old Jeffrey Bush while he was sleeping, killing him. His brother valiantly attempted to rescue him, but the mud and debris was too much, the sinkhole too unstable and any attempt for a rescue was called off. In the end, Jeffrey could only scream for help as he sunk… Read more »

Neglect, bisphenol A blues and the rise of mold – chapter 8

The inspector versus neglect Do not neglect your home. If you do, mold will begin to crawl all along your walls like a group of persistent insects. Your basement will be a swamp. Neglect will inevitably lead to mold and possible health problems for you and your family, especially the little ones. Neglect may just… Read more »

The connection between mold and depression – chapter 7

In the previous two chapters, we have discussed the horrifying effects of mold exposure. Whether the mold is airborne or not, it has unhealthy repercussions for homeowners and tenants, both physically and psychologically. It has even affected police officers!   Do you or someone you know suffer from depression? The medical dictionary defines depression as… Read more »

Police officers exposed to harmful mold – chapter 6

There is an enemy lurking in the wet shadows, and its gray eyes are staring at you…   While we have already discussed the harmful effects of living in a home with mold for years, the threat of mold is more potent than you may realize. For example, did you know that mold could have… Read more »

Mold exposure and the inspector – chapter 5

In previous chapters, we have discussed the inspector as a superhero and the technology he or she uses to inspect a building. While we have briefly touched upon water intrusion, we have not gone too in-depth. In many ways, water intrusion is a sick bomb just waiting to explode. First, what is water intrusion? Well,… Read more »