Mold comes in various shapes and colors black, white, green, or gray.
While some molds are visible and even odorous, mold can also grow between walls, under floors and ceilings, or in less accessible spots, such as basements and attics. Mold does best in water-soaked materials (paneling, wallboard, carpet, paint, ceiling tiles, and the like), but can survive in almost any damp location. Mold can grow in houses situated in the desert, and it can grow in homes in hot and humid climes.
Here are some common places in a home where mold is likely to take hold:
- around leaking pipes, windows, or roofs the constant supply of water gives mold spores the start they need.
- basements or other places that have flooded and haven't been thoroughly dried
- tightly sealed buildings (common with new construction), which trap excess moisture inside, and
- Homes with poor ventilation, numerous over-watered houseplants, and housekeeping habits that ignore obvious dampness and don't include airing the place out.
Be on the lookout for mold. When you're thinking about buying a home, look for the elements above to figure out if there are any obvious signs of mold or the potential for mold. Keep your eyes peeled for standing water in the basement, water marks on walls (particularly recent-looking stains), or musty smells particularly in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, cabinets with plumbing, or other areas with plumbing.
Don't hesitate to ask whether your home inspector saw signs of mold or potential mold dangers, and ask that these results be included in the inspection report. Some inspectors may be wary of this, because they want to avoid liability for any mold-related problems. But all should be comfortable talking to you about whether they saw anything suspicious.
If the prior owner of a house you bought knew of the presence of mold and was required to disclose this information under state real estate disclosure rules, but did not do so, the owner may be liable to you for failure to disclose.
When visible mold is not present, but the smell of mold is it may be time to consider Hiring a mold inspection company. Tests can reveal whether there is indeed elevated mold, and where it is located.
If you are purchasing a home it is always a great idea to require a home inspection prior to closing. If you are considering selling a home it is a good idea to pay for a pre sale home inspection. This report can give you and a potential buyer a piece of mind that the home is solid.
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