Why You Need a Mold Inspection before Buying a Home

When you are buying a home, the cost of mold inspection is negligible compared to the price you may have to pay later with your health.

Why You Need a Mold Inspection before Buying a HomeBy Steve Rossman

Why should you have a Mold Inspection before buying a home?

Mold can hide behind baseboards, beneath carpet and under a new paint job. Mold spores cannot hide from a mold detection device that tests the concentration of spores in the air. 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.

How Do You Find Hidden Mold in a House?
Sellers will try to hide mold by painting or spackling where mold is present. They may replace the sheetrock to hide moldy wood framing. A trained professional mold inspector can test the air to find out if the mold levels are abnormal, and find the sources of hidden mold in a home. They know where to look and what to look for. A professional inspector will also check for construction permits that indicate large-scale sheetrock or roof replacement that may indicate trouble.

What is Mold Abatement?
Mold abatement is the removal of mold from a home to make it safe and livable. There are circumstances where mold abatement will not work, such as finding black mold in the wood framing of a house. This is usually caused by flood damage, and once the mold is in the wood, there is no way to remove it. The only cure for moldy sheetrock and plaster is to remove and replace the problem pieces. This can get pretty expensive if the damage is extensive.

How Dangerous is Mold?
There are different types of mold, with some being deadly toxins. Black toxic mold spores breathed into your lungs set up shop in your body and are hard to treat. Symptoms of mold poisoning include, fatigue, headaches, difficulty breathing, muscle aches and cramps, burning pain in your chest, sneezing, itching eyes and skin, skin irritation and redness, watery eyes, nose bleeds, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and more. A serious symptom which requires immediate medical attention is coughing up blood or black-looking debris.

Mold poisoning can be deadly, so if you have just moved into a new home, and have any of the above symptoms that don’t resolve in a few days, see your doctor or go to an emergency room and tell them you suspect mold poisoning. If untreated, late stage symptoms include blindness, bleeding lungs, brain damage, long-term memory loss and possibly cancer or death.

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.

If your property has experienced a flood or water-loss of any kind (ruptured water heater, broken pipe, HVAC leak, etc) call AdvantaClean to clean and disinfect your property at (904) 321-9394 for your no cost estimate.

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