You're buying your dream home. The appliances are new, the paint is fresh, and the carpet is stain-free. Everything that you see looks more than acceptable. But are you really seeing everything? Peel back the carpets, sneak a peek in a dark basement corner or look behind that newly-hung wallpaper. What will you find?
If there's a musty smell and hints of dark streaks on the walls, baseboards or anywhere else, you may have mold. Scratch that. Your potentially new house may have mold. And that's something you need to know before putting an offer on it.
A home with a mold infestation can cause a host of problems for the owners. Understanding the issues that come along with a mold problem can help you to make a what could be a major life decision. Why should you have your almost-new dream home tested for mold and what ill-effects can the slimy substance have?
Do you suspect that the home you're considering buying has mold? Whether you see stains, growing mold or just have a hunch, professional testing is the only way to know for sure.
Before you run screaming from a home that may have a mold problem, stop and take a moment to assess the situation. Finding out that you have mold in the home that you'd like to buy isn't a deal-killer. But it does add some extra thought to your purchase process.
You can see mold growing. At least, you can see old growing in most places. There is always the chance that the musty smell in the home means that there is mold growing under carpets (in the padding) or another 'hidden' place. Even though you can see mold growth, that doesn't necessarily mean you know what the scope of the problem is. Professional mold and indoor air testing can provide you with a measure of the mold issue and let you know just how dangerous it is.
Mold can cause an array of not-so-pleasant health issues. While healthy, non-allergic individuals may have little to no problem being around mold, the very young, the elderly, the immunocompromised, and those with allergies may have symptoms that range from mild to major.
The possible health problems that mold can cause primarily include upper respiratory tract issues. These may present as a cough, runny/stuffy nose, sneezing or wheezing. Along with these symptoms, mold can also trigger asthma. Keep in mind; this does not mean that mold can cause asthma. If you already have asthma, mold can make it more likely that you'll have an asthma attack or reaction.
Some people also have allergies that are specific to mold. Exposure to mold combined with a mold allergy can equal a serious reaction, such as difficulty breathing.
That distinctive smell that's wafting into your nose is mold. The fungus has a musty scent to it, making it extremely noticeable. Even though you might not see the slimy, dark ugliness of the mold, it's possible that you can smell it.
Moving into a home with mold goes beyond dealing with the health issues. You also have to consider the potential cleanliness and sanitation problems. A musty smell that hovers in your home can drive away guests and make visitors think that you don't care about your living space.
Instead of feeling embarrassed at your housewarming party, start your new purchase off right with a mold test. This can pinpoint the problem, allowing you to remediate and remove the mold (and make the smell go away).
Are you getting ready to buy a new house? HygenixInc. can test for mold andevaluate the indoor air quality.