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    Default Prolab Mold Inspection

    The other day while doing an inspection I took the following pictures of the roof sheeting from the attic space. I called it a "mold like substance" and suggest further review. So the buyers asked the sellers to have the mold test done. They hired a ProLab mold inspector who wrote the following regarding the sheeting:

    No presence of current or former
    growth observed. Only normally
    settled spores observed.


    Anyone care to venture an explanation of the mold inspector's observations?

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    Default Re: Prolab Mold Inspection

    Only normally settled spores observed.

    WTF does that mean?


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    Default Re: Prolab Mold Inspection

    Nick,

    I honestly don't know. I don't think the mold inspector even looked in the attic.

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    Default Re: Prolab Mold Inspection

    He's the "expert". It's his can of worms now.

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    Default Re: Prolab Mold Inspection

    The deal fell through anyhow because the seller didn't disclose the damaged roof they were paid $7,000 for last year but failed to replace. So I'm sure nothing will come of the mold report.

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    Default Re: Prolab Mold Inspection

    Forget the mold, that plywood sheathing is all delaminating.

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    I see other problems with the ply-wood. looks like the nails have a rusting condition. Thats another indicator of a moisture condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    Forget the mold, that plywood sheathing is all delaminating.
    Yep, all addressed in the report. The client knew a new roof and possibly decking had to be done, even before I told him. Seems he got a little pissed at the seller though when his insurance agent ran a C.L.U.E. report and found out the seller was paid for a full replacement last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Bibler View Post
    I see other problems with the ply-wood. looks like the nails have a rusting condition. Thats another indicator of a moisture condition.

    Mest

    Ron
    Yep, previous frost stains.
    Inadequate ventilation, inadequate insulation, poor grading, gutters without extensions...all pretty standard inspection comments up here.

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    Mold reports are a waste of money ( a rip-off )

    Unquallified individuals from the putative "mold labs" just look at an unstained sample under a microscope and attempt to try to identify it merely by comparing what they see of a poorly prepared specimen to a representative facsimile.

    You need weeks and differential diagnosis techniques to arrive at reasonable diagnosis. (this means culturing)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Bates View Post
    Mold reports are a waste of money ( a rip-off )

    Unquallified individuals from the putative "mold labs" just look at an unstained sample under a microscope and attempt to try to identify it merely by comparing what they see of a poorly prepared specimen to a representative facsimile.

    You need weeks and differential diagnosis techniques to arrive at reasonable diagnosis. (this means culturing)

    Emperor's new clothes.
    Unfortunately the comments:

    No presence of current or former
    growth observed. Only normally
    settled spores observed.

    were made by the actual inspector about the roof sheeting.

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