Monthly Archives: August 2013

Mold:  Don’t Let It Derail Your Sale

From the Ordinary

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. Over 100,000 species of mold have been identified.  Fungi produces some very useful results.  Yeast is a type of fungi used in food and drink preparation.  The unique flavor of Blue Cheese is a result of mold.  Life saving penicillin is a product of mold.

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful.  Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

To The Unhealthy

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth.  Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control.  When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.

Mold spores are normally present in most environments.  If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.  Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.  Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

Take Precautions

If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly.  If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
  • Evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality Professional and certified Mold Remediators.

Health Concerns

Health concerns associated with mold are more likely to arise for “at risk” people, which might include immune suppressed or compromised individuals, young children and people with chronic inflammatory lung diseases such as asthma and severe allergies.  However, anyone may experience health problems associated with exposure to mold.  Possible health effects include runny nose, sneezing, coughing, aggravation of asthma, sore throat or inflammation of the sinuses.

Help Is On The Way

If you or one of your clients believes that they have a mold problem help is available from certified mold remediators and environmental professionals.  Make sure that the remediation firm that you contract with is certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection   Cleaning and Restoration Certification).  Such companies adhere to proven remediation principles with very specific guidelines for removal of mold.  A qualified mold remediator’s first concern is always the safety of the residents of the house and the individuals performing the remediation work.

Don’t let a sale get away because of mold!   Stories of five and six figure mold remediation price tags are greatly exaggerated.  A reputable firm will give you a clear estimate of costs before work begins and will explain the remediation process to you in detail.  Get expert advice before you throw in the towel on a sale.  It will pay off in the long run.

About the author: Larry Green is with SERVPRO of Burlington/Woburn, a cleaning and restoration company, specializing in disaster recovery from fire, water and mold.  To learn more visit our website at or call us at 781-939-6990.

Did you know that National Senior Citizens Day is on August 21 every year? While doing some research I happened on to this special day. This year my family had some landmark birthdays. My mother turned 90 in May and my husband was 70 in July! And I am slowly approaching 65……

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared August 21 to be National Senior Citizens Day. This observance was established in honor of senior citizens in the United States who made positive contributions in their communities. The day was also created to bring awareness of social, health, and economic issues that affect senior citizens. President Reagan said “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older.”

Various events and activities are organized on Senior Citizens Day to raise awareness of supporting older people and recognizing their achievements.  The following are some ideas for individuals wanting to recognize their elders:

  • Visit with a family member or friend and have them share their stories
  • Take a family member or friend out for coffee or a meal
  • Go to their house and help out cleaning, mowing their lawn, repairing items
  • Offer to take a neighbor to the store, or just a scenic drive
  • Surprise someone with some delicious homemade baked goods
  • Write a personal note of thanks to someone who has made a positive impact on your life
  • Do volunteer work in support of the elderly
  • Encourage your school to participate in an “adopt-a-grandparent” program

What will you do to make a Senior Citizen feel special?

About the author – Gale Spadafora is a Realtor with RE/MAX Legacy and is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES).  Visit her on her website at