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Relative Humidity and Moisture Damage

Mold and condensation problems occur when the relative humidity is too high. Relative humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air compared to the amount the air can hold. Warm air can hold more moisture than cold air. So, if warm air and cold air contain the same amount of moisture, the warm air will have a lower relative humidity. Luckily, San Diego has an average humidity of under 70% and therefore we are looking for water leaks.

Two conditions cause the relative humidity to rise: when the temperature falls or when moisture is added to the air. Cold surfaces, such as windows or the inside of an exterior wall, create localized cold spots which reduce the amount of moisture the air can hold and raise its relative humidity. When water vapor is produced but is not being removed from the house, this, too, will raise the relative humidity.

Mechanical ventilation removes moisture from the house through ducts, so it doesn't have to travel through leaks in the walls, floors, and ceilings where it may hit colder surfaces and condense. Other ways to prevent moisture problems are to make these cold surfaces warmer with insulation; to block moist air from traveling through leaks by air sealing; and to add a vapor retarder to stop the diffusion of moisture through building materials.

Most molds grow at relative humidities of 70% or higher. Mold and mildew are virtually always present. They are not picky eaters and can find a feast in any home. Many building materials (from wood to plastic foam) provide nutrients for molds. When nutrients are combined with adequate moisture, molds can thrive.

You cannot eliminate mold from your home. But you can control the relative humidity to minimize its presence.

We are looking for "water " in the structure and our equipment will find it if even the slightest amount is there!!

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You should always have 2 separate home inspections done on the home you want to purchase. The first should be your own basic home inspection, you should personally inspect the property, make notes of what you feel is "in need of a second opinion", then talk it over with the inspector.

The second should be with a professional "whole house inspection" by a reputable person or company. Home Inspections in San Diego will cost you between $300 to $500 for a median sized home depending on the age, the foundation and the location. Home inspections completed by MIX include a complete computer generated report and images of the home itself and any issues the home inspector finds.

I cannot emphasize enough, the value and necessity of an extensive San Diego home inspection. Many home purchasers, either in the desire to save the $200 to $500 that a good San Diego home inspection costs, or due to simply not understanding the complex issues involved in the transaction, have spent huge sums money repairing items that any good home inspector would have pointed out.

Any offer to purchase you make, should be contingent upon (subject to) a whole house inspection with a satisfactory report from the home inspector.

Do not let anyone--not the agent, not your family or friends, and especially not the seller--dissuade you from having a professional home inspector properly and thoroughly inspect your home! Home inspections in San Diego are very important.

If you are not satisfied with the condition of the House or Condo after carefully reviewing the inspection report, you have the option to cancel the contract.

Home Inspections disclose defects in the property that could materially affect its safety, livability, or resale value. They are not designed to disclose cosmetic deficiencies (for example, an interior wall that needs paint touch up). You will need to determine on your own those type of items that will need attention: don't expect a whole house inspection to reveal them to you.

Don't wait until you have placed an offer on a house before you begin the search for a home inspector. There will be a time limit in the contract designating when the home inspection must be completed (typically between 7 and 14 days). If you start trying to find a home inspector at that point, and cannot find an acceptable one to schedule it in that time frame, you will only have two choices: go with a home inspector or home inspection company that is not your first choice, or run the risk of running past the deadline for the home inspection (which could void any chance having the seller take care of repairs).

Neither is an acceptable alternative!If you are looking for a professional home inspection, M.I.X Home Inspections is the right choice. We care about you.

We inspect houses, large and small, condo's, townhouses and multi-family units. Call today for a fair price and accurate inspection.

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