Microbial Growth

Home Inspector Lingo

Microbial growth involves the reproduction and increase in the number of microorganisms such as mold, mildew, and bacteria. In a home environment, this growth is often facilitated by moisture, warmth, and organic materials.

Common areas where a home inspector could find microbial growth include basements and crawlspaces, bathrooms and kitchens, attics, walls and ceilings, and HVAC systems. Health implications can include allergies, respiratory issues and infections.

Understanding microbial growth and its implications helps homeowners and inspectors identify potential health hazards and structural issues, ensuring a safe living environment.

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