Reasons To Have a Mold Inspection Before Buying a Home

There are many reasons to have a mold inspection performed before buying a home. Toxic mold is becoming more of a problem in buildings because many structures are built using man-made materials rather than natural materials. In many cases, these man-made materials arrive from a factory or warehouse with mold spore contamination already on the surfaces. When mold spores are exposed to moisture, colonies begin to grow, and then homeowners and their families begin to suffer from the effects of exposure to mold.

What Causes Sick Building Syndrome?

Today, experts are learning more about sick building syndrome, and mold is one of the causes::

• Defects of the building’s ventilation system
• Problems with the building’s climate-control equipment
• Gases emitted by a building’s materials
• Buildup of ozone
• Lack of air circulation
• Volatile chemical odors
• Visible or hidden mold growth

Hiring a company that provides a mold inspection is essential before investing in a new home because exposure to mold leads to serious and sometimes fatal health issues. Anyone living in a home with mold canexperience a variety of symptoms that include:

• Chronic headaches
• Brain fog or cognitive difficulties
• Sinus congestion
• Watery eyes
• Itchy skin
• Frequent sneezing and coughing
• Respiratory problems
• Sore throats
• Smelling odors or having taste sensations
• Decline in immunity levels
• Growths in the lungs
• Gastrointestinal problems
• Blurred vision

Long-term exposure to mold is dangerous because some species emit neurotoxins that people breathe into their lungs. These neurotoxins reach the bloodstream and travel throughout the body into an individual’s organs, including the brain.

Avoid Expensive Mold Remediation

It is impossible to see most mold growth with the naked eye, and only a certified technician with the correct testing equipment can find the contamination. For potential buyers, learning if a home has mold growth before making an offer is essential to protect their health and avoid the expense of making remediation repairs. In many cases, homeowners insurance does pay for the cost of repairs, and in addition, property owners must live elsewhere during the remediation process.

What You Can Do Before Buying a Home

At AirMD, we provide air-quality testing to determine if there is mold inside a home before someone buys the property. As an environmental testing and consulting firm, we test the air in a building to learn where mold is located and what type of mold is contaminating the structure.

If mold is found prior to closing, costs associate with its removal may be deducted from the purchase price so test before, not after purchase.

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By Simon Hahessy | Posted in Mold Inspection