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Cheryl Ciecko, AIA, ALA, LEED AP is a licensed architect who improves the health of people by helping them avoid toxin exposure in their buildings.  Cheryl also shares information on a variety of other potential toxin impacts affecting health, including food, products, water quality, and air quality.  Individual consulting is available upon request.


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Avoid Buying or Renting a Toxic Home

October 5, 2018

Don't let this happen to you....


'Newly-renovated' house turns out to be Mold House


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The FOX 5 I-Team wants to know how a newly-renovated Fayette County home could have massive amounts of mold and termite damage hidden behind the new drywall.  CLICK HERE see the article and view the video.


Top tips to avoid buying or renting a mold filled home:


1. Check out a home’s sales history. 

2. Consider Foreclosure and prolonged vacancy as a potential red flag for lack of maintenance and building defects.

3. Be extremely cautious when purchasing / renting newly renovated homes that have been renovated by third parties with profit motives. 

4. Listen to your body! Use your senses in inspecting. Musty smells ALWAYS mean mold nearby. 

5. Don’t purchase or rent homes with ‘off’ smells. Air fresheners are a common sign of cover-up of objectionable odors.

6. Note the quality of exterior drainage. Is water easily and positively able to flow away from the home quickly? If water sits next to any type of foundation, that moisture often wicks up into floors, walls and raises humidity levels which feeds mold growth.

7. Check flooding history with the locals jurisdiction and even neighbors before purchasing. 

8. Ask for confirmation that all building codes and required inspections have been completed for new and renovated homes. Know that codes are only bare minimum requirements but a good start. Building permit compliance information is a matter of public record available through locally building departments.


9.  Search through online tools to look for insurance claims in last five years to see if there have been any water losses. It will also show what insurance paid. 



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