Anyone thinking about buying a home should do everything possible to ensure the home is safe to live in. Most lenders require a home appraisal and inspection, but neither of those things will necessarily detect all the problems a home has. Among the things you should have done before purchasing any home is a mold inspection. There are three big problems mold can cause a new homeowner:
Mold Damages Surfaces in a Home
It's not uncommon to see a little mold under a kitchen sink or in a bathroom where a lot of water gets splashed around. Surface mold can often be wiped away with mold removal cleaner and a rag. Mold that is left to fester, however, can penetrate the surface of wood or other materials and cause permanent damage. A company doing mold remediation or inspections can determine whether or not the mold in the home you want to buy can be removed with surface cleaner or if the damage is deeper. If the previous owner hasn't treated a minor mold problem fast enough, you may have to repair and replace affected surfaces.
Mold Can Spread Fast
It's one thing to have mold on a wall or floor surface and it's another to have mold that has gotten into the floors or walls. Some molds can spread quickly, especially if there is a leak in one of your pipes and the environment is ripe for mold growth. One of the reasons it's important to have a mold remediation expert examine any surface mold is that he or she can find out whether or not the mold is the kind that spreads and whether or not there is a much larger, expensive issue to address.
Mold Can Be Toxic
Among the most important reasons to request a mold inspection is to ensure the air in the home isn't toxic. Not all molds are necessarily going to harm your health, but there are some that can cause you to get really sick. If you suspect you have a black mold growing in the home you want to buy, particularly if it's common in the area, it's best if you don't try and clean or remove the mold yourself. Mold remediation experts can locate all of the mold and have it removed with the appropriate safety equipment. It's important to make sure that any dangerous mold is removed by a professional mold company.
Buying a home can be one of the best experiences a family has, but that can be quickly ruined by an unnoticed mold problem. An inspection doesn't take long, and you'll be able to determine all of the costs of any mold removal that may be necessary. From there, you can make an informed decision on whether or not you want to buy the home in question. (for more information, you can contact Air Quality Analysts)