Have you ever wanted to live above a layer of Sodium Hypochlorite?
They don't even have to clean up afterwards. Remember when I told you we'd get back to the crawl space? Well, we're back...After he found the BLACK MOLD, our inspector continued into the crawl space. That is where he found the dried bleach we had been living on top of, since day one!! Sodium Hypochlorite is used in unoccupied homes to kill mold growth and help prevent it from coming back. A conditioned crawl space is "designed to be constructed dry...safer and healthier than a wet crawl space".* Conditioned crawl spaces should also be designed in a way that allows it to act "as if the crawl space is included as part of the home".* Is any part of your home covered in dried bleach? Ours was, and Avimor's choice for mold remediation, First Team Restoration, told me on camera that the Sodium Hypochlorite Residue in my crawl space was "not gonna hurt anybody...I'll wet my hand and put it down there". I was also told that there "are no codes" for conditioned crawl spaces even though I had them sitting in my dining room. First Team Restoration also told me that it was common practice for them to use Sodium Hypochlorite in unoccupied homes in Avimor prior to the homes completion. I don't know, however, if other houses get cleaned afterwards. All I know is that my house did not. Left in my CONDITIONED CRAWL SPACE was a spray nozzle from the pump sprayer used to apply the Sodium Hypochlorite, a sanding pad which had been used to scrub away the mold, and of course the Sodium Hypochlorite Residue in the form of dried bleach throughout the crawl space. Building Specs LLC informed me that the dried bleach should ABSOLUTELY NOT BE THERE. First Team Restoration said it was not a problem and was in fact common practice. Believe what you want.
*Building America Report 0401
Conditioned Crawl Space Construction,
Performance and Codes
Provided by Building Specs LLC with Home Inspection Report
Wait. Is the crawl space related to the BLACK MOLD? No, not necessarily. That is, until First Team Restoration threw the debris from the BLACK MOLD remediation into the crawl space; instead of hauling it away. The crawl space is a separate issue. The BLACK MOLD was caused by a faulty hot water line in the master shower. The crawl space was caused by the weather since our house was built through the fall and winter. Do crawl spaces get remediated on a regular bases and the buyer never knows about it? Probably, and 99% of the time I'm sure it's not an issue. I wouldn't have had an issue with it if it had been cleaned up properly and my CONDITIONED CRAWL SPACE had been left up to code because I never would have known about it. All I want you to know is that my home inspector DID NOT LIKE IT AT ALL and the developer may not have known that it was never cleaned up. So who's at fault for the crawl space? I don't care. I only care about the fact that you protect yourself when making an investment of this magnitude; that you protect your family from the harmful effects of BLACK MOLD and HYPOCHLORITE RESIDUE. I will simply drive my next developer crazy because now I know better. Every inch will be checked "with a fine tooth comb". I will have an inspector on call throughout the entire process to check every stage of construction. Maybe the faulty plumbing would have been caught before the walls went up, which would have prevented the BLACK MOLD; and the dried bleach would certainly have been cleaned up before we moved in. Just remember, your developer is interested in turning a profit. Especially in Avimor. Why else would you be kept from the building site during construction if not for Avimor to hide sub-standard construction quality? Making money does not require inspections, tests, or quality control. Making money only requires that a deal be closed. Sometimes, closing a deal doesn't even mean the landscaping needs to be done. So if you are going to agree to give someone over a quarter of a million dollars, protect yourself and do whatever it takes to see that you are not left sleeping on your own couch. How would you feel if your children had to share a pullout couch at an extended stay hotel while you made your regularly scheduled mortgage payments? How would you feel if your marriage was tested and you felt like a stranger in your own home for THREE MONTHS? How would you feel if you spent the first quarter of the year, in a stress induced fog arguing with someone about what happens next? How would you feel if all you got for your trouble, was new hardware and some extra tile?