Do This Before You Purchase a Home
Mold is Everywhere
Mold spores exist everywhere, whether you are indoors or outdoors. What does that mean? It means unfortunately, it is easy for it to grow and become a problem wherever moisture is present.
It is crucial to be able to identify mold growth before purchasing a home. It is a huge life accomplishment, so you need to be careful and take precautions. Follow these four tips that will help you identify possible mold risks in a new home.
Tip 1: Look for musky odors
At times, mold can be hidden from view. Fortunately, your sense of smell can help point you in the right direction. If you notice a musty or mildewy smell in the home, this may indicate there is mold growth. This is very true when the smell is stronger in certain areas and rooms of the property.
Mold has a strong, distinct odor. The scent can also be described as earthy, stale and wet. Use your nose as the first sign that there may be mold in the home.
Tip 2: Look Around
While touring a home, it is important to keep an eye out for potential mold growth. The green and black stuff tends to accumulate in dark, moist areas. Be sure to look in these areas. Common places you should always check include:
- Beneath counters and under sinks
- Bathtub grout
- Crawlspaces, attics and basements
- Inside toilets
There are other visual indicators of possible mold, even if you don’t see the mold itself. It is possible for it to grow on the other side of the wall. Look out for water stains on walls and ceilings. Look for leaking pipes and faucets too.
Tip 3: Ask Questions
Be sure to ask the current homeowners about past water damage and flooding. You may also want to investigate whether the home is in a flood zone. If there has been water damage in the past, pay extra attention to whether there is mold currently present in the home. Be sure to inquire about how they remediated past water damage. Also ask as if water damage has been reoccurring or not. This can be a sign of future water and mold problems.
Tip 4: Have the Home Inspected
Home inspectors are trained to spot water damage and signs of mold in a home. Look to see if any signs of mold were noted in the inspection report. Also see if they provide any kind of mold guarantee.
If you happen to find mold after you already purchased the home, give SERVPRO® of Central Glendale a call. We can start the mold remediation process immediately and fix any other water damage the structure may have. Give us a call today at 818-246-2200.