Top 3 Reasons To Have a Mold Inspection Before Buying a Home
The basic problem with mold is that it can be hidden. Home inspectors are not mold remediation specialists and do not have the expertise required to identify potential mold issues. Home buyers are well advised to invest in both a home inspection and mold inspection before purchasing a home, particularly if there is any indication that there are potential moisture issues. (Buyer Beware! How Reliable is Your Home Inspection?)
Mold occurs normally in outdoor environments, serving as nature’s recycling center and breaking down the dead organic matter from animals or plants. Humans encounter mold and even inhale mold spores every day with no ill effects whatsoever. When mold occurs in an indoor environment, however, things change. Suddenly, mold and its accompanying spores (through which it reproduces) are encountered (and inhaled) in large concentrations. When you consider the job that mold is designed to do on organic matter, it becomes easy to see how it could become a serious health hazard.(No Shame In Mold)
WHAT IS MOLD?
Mold is nature’s recycler. It has a purpose in our eco-system to breakdown and eat dead organic matter. In fact, without mold, plant and animal material would not decay and just continue to pile up. In order for mold to thrive, it requires food, the right temperature (5 to 38 degrees), and most importantly moisture.
A HOME IS AN ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET FOR MOLD
Mold is smart, it knows it has a purpose to break down organic, once living material. To ensure its survival, it sends out its spores that seek out food. For this reason, many homes provide the perfect conditions for mold to thrive because homes are made of organic, dead material including wood, drywall, fabric, and paper. Without water and moisture, however, mold can not grow. So, the root of all mold problems in homes is moisture. Control moisture, and you should be able to avoid mold problems.
In addition to the many health concerns caused by mold, it is also important to understand that mold essentially eats the material that your home is made of meaning this will cause structural damage.
Now that you understand why mold is a growing concern, here are the top three reasons you should have a mold inspection before buying a new or old home.
1. REAL ESTATE AGENTS DO NOT LIKE MOLD
Real estate agents know that the presence of mold can end a real estate transaction. Since legal requirements for disclosing mold problems is not universally mandatory, then it really is up to the seller to disclose such information. If this is not done, the buyer may never know a problem even exists.
In addition, even if you are dealing with ethical real estate agents, this does not necessarily mean that the seller of the home is honest. If the seller has a mold problem and knows that it might hinder the sale of their property, they may try to hide mold issues by painting or spackling where mold is present and/or replacing sheetrock to hide moldy wood framing.
Sellers will most likely try to hide mold issues in their home because they know that…
2. MOLD REMEDIATION IS COSTLY
Mold remediation is the removal of mold from a home to make it safe and liveable. This process is costly because the materials contaminated with mold need to be removed. You can not simply spray mold with chemicals. The cost of remediation will depend on the area that is affected and the kind of materials. In addition, mold remediation specialists take special training and follow specific procedures to prevent mold from spreading. Their goal is not only to remove the mold, but to contain it and clean it.
As mentioned earlier, mold will not grow unless there is moisture and water. The success of any mold remediation project will only be long lasting if the moisture issues are properly addressed.
Before you buy a home, it is important that you realize that…
3. HOME INSPECTORS ARE NOT MOLD EXPERTS
The problem with mold is that it can be hidden under baseboards, beneath carpet, and under a new paint job. Home inspectors will look for visual problems with the home, but may not necessarily be able to identify a mold problem. A credible home inspector may provide you with some warning signs that conditions exist to encourage mold growth:
1. Water stains
4. Leaky roof
That being said, a home inspector will not verify the existence of mold and may not specify this in their report. It is also important to understand that many home inspectors rely on referrals from real estate agents, which could cause potential conflict of interest issues.
Since extensive mold in a home can make it virtually unlivable, paying for a specialized mold inspection can potentially save you thousands of dollars and your health.
The cost of a professional mold inspection is negligible when you consider the potential price you may have to pay if the mold is unabated. When you are buying a home, it’s always better to be safe than sorry with your money and your health. Contact us now to book your mold!
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— Got #Mold?™ (@gotmoldglobal) March 15, 2013