Mold Removal Photo Album: Mold Remediation From Vacant House in Weirton, WV
A local investment company that buys and flips houses called Home Environment Solutions after purchasing this home that had been vacant for over a year. It's important to know that it doesn't take much for a vacant house to develop a mold problem. It doesn't require a roof or siding leak, a broken window or a plumbing failure. All it takes is humidity and condensation. So, a home that's left inadequately heated in winter or is not air-conditioned or dehumidified during warm weather can develop enough moisture to start the mold-growth cycle without any other defect. When you close up a house, whether it's at the beach, in the mountains, or in a development, things start to happen that weren't happening when people were there. Humidity rises and falls with the weather, and when it rises it gives rise to mold growth in places you wouldn't expect in an occupied home.
'Why does this happen? It's primarily because you've decided to save money by turning off the heat and/or AC. This turns the house into an incubator for mold. Think of a sandwich in a plastic bag left outdoors."
The bottom line? A mold problem in a vacant home or a vacation home will invariably cost much more to clean up than any amount of money that was saved on the utilities.
Moldy Wood Paneling
You can see mold growing on the bottom of this wood paneling.
Moldy Basement Wall
The basement walls of this vacant home were covered with mold.
Mold grows on and feeds off organic materials, like this wood paneling.
White Fuzzy Mold
The mold on this paneling is white and fuzzy.
Moldy Paneling Removed
All the moldy wood paneling had to be removed.
HEPA air purifier
After removing all the moldy paneling, we using a HEPA filter to filter the homes air. This filter will remove mold spores that are in the air.