In the last few years Texas has experienced its fair share of mold related damage claims. Since spring 2000, an estimated 44,285 mold-related insurance claims have been filed at an average cost per policyholder of $205.46 per year. In light of this fact, how does a consumer protect him or herself when buying a house? How can property owners tell if they already have a mold problem? And what precautions should be taken in remediating a mold problem if one is found?