Is Mold Inspection Part of an Initial Home Inspection?

The inspection phase of buying a home can be stressful, often with eager homebuyers feeling left in the dark as to the hidden risks lurking in the walls of their potential new home. Some hidden dangers are more hazardous than others, and may make or break a deal depending on the buyer. A professional mold inspection can ease the minds of health-conscious buyers considering a home in markets where the chance of an infestation may be greatest; for example, in humid climates, flood-prone areas, and in homes with preexisting poor ventilation.

If you feel at all uncertain about the safety of the air quality in the home you are considering, a professional mold inspection can be the best way to alleviate your concerns. Some states require sellers to disclose certain conditions over the course of a real estate transaction, but many don’t. You should keep an eye out for areas in the home where the problem is most likely to reveal itself:

- Windows, doors, pipes, and roofs are areas where leaking water can provide a favorable habitat for growth.

- Newer homes that have tightly sealed construction can prevent proper ventilation and keep moisture inside.

- Homes with obviously poor ventilation and excess water issues on the interior, such as over-watered houseplants, bathroom tiles that show water damage, and areas around pet watering stations where water may sit for days at a time.

Mold can be an unsightly problem that you may be able to see or smell, and depending on the variety, it can be hazardous to your health. If it contains mycotoxins, it can be particularly problematic; this type of toxic substance has been known to cause seizures, respiratory problems, fatigue, rashes, and unusual bleeding. If you think the house you may be buying contains toxic (sometimes referred to as “black”) mold, you should not attempt to deal with the problem alone. Consult a mold inspection professional immediately to have the proper testing done.

Even if mold is not of the dangerous toxic variety, it can still cause ill effects. People with allergies, asthma, and other breathing difficulties may be particularly sensitive, but reactions can vary greatly between people based on age, health, and other factors. The best way to deal with a situation involving suspected mold is to arm yourself with information; contact a professional who can determine what the best course of action will be to protect your health and future habitat.

Post time: 12-15-2016