Mold is caused by water and dampness in a particular area. It is also something that can spread and become worse over time if not treated. When a mold problem spreads it can become an expensive headache.
Getting rid of your mold problem is possible but you have to first know that one exists. A professional home inspector can help you avoid this expensive problem. If you don't know that a problem even exists, then there isn't anything that can be done about it. And many times, even the seller is unaware that a mold problem exists in the house. This is why it is in your best interest to have a home inspection performed.
How Soon Does It Develop
Mold is something that can begin to develop over time and continue to grow rapidly. This is especially true if the problem is not addressed as quickly as possible. Perhaps the problem was addressed at some point but it has developed again. In some cases, this problem may be found in more than one part of the home. If there is an issue that exists and hasn't been treated, the repairs can become extensive and expensive. This is something that can be avoided when treated in time and correctly.
Why Mold in the Home is Dangerous
Mold is found in black, green, gray, and white colors and comes in different shapes. Mold can be visible and even have an odor but some might grow in between walls, in ceilings, and under the flooring, which is less obvious and more difficult to find. It thrives in areas where there is moisture, such as paneling, ceiling tiles, wallboard, and carpeting. It can thrive in almost any damp climate. Some of the most common places where home inspectors find mold is around leaking pipes, roofs or windows. Basements are another common place where mold is often found. This is especially true when there has been a flood and it has not properly dried out. Tightly sealed structures where moisture is trapped is another common area where mold develops.
Signs of Mold
A home inspector will get into the areas where mold is known to develop and thrive. The first sign of a possible mold problem will usually be wherever they notice water damage. Even if you notice water damage, it would be in your best interest to make an inquiry of the potential of mold developing in this area. They may perform testing that could reveal that a mold problem already exists or that the area is prime for a mold problem to develop. If the seller is aware of this problem, they may not always readily offer this information. This is why it would serve you to hire a professional to find out for yourself.
Qualified Professional Home Inspectors
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