3 Reasons You Need a Mold Inspection When Buying a Home
Buying a home is already a risk that comes with a lot of stress. It is possible, however, to alleviate some of that risk by opting for different types of home inspections. One that we would highly recommend is a mold inspection. Mold is unsightly and can be dangerous for your family. Continue reading to learn more from the team at CalPro Inspection Group.
1. Mold in the HVAC System
If mold gets into the heating and cooling systems, the infestation gets much worse. Since the air inside is highly humid, mold growth can be attracted to HVAC ducts. Dust moisture, which is abundant inside an HVAC system, is another food source for mold. Because the spores can spread through the air and into neighboring rooms, mold growth in the air ducts is a problem. This also implies that mold spores may get into your family’s lungs and can harm them. Having mold around is never good, and breathing it in makes the situation much worse. Mold can cause allergic and asthmatic reactions, as well as infections and respiratory problems.
2. Mold Repair is Expensive
It can cost a lot of money, time, effort, and resources to get rid of a mold infestation once it has started. If the mold infestation is quite advanced, fixing the problem can require significant structural repair. For example, it could be necessary to cut through the drywall or even completely demolish some portions of the house. It will be necessary to completely repair any infected walls, flooring, carpeting, and other porous materials, which can be rather expensive. Serious mold issues require specialized mold-resistant treatments. Antifungal paint is a straightforward example of this, but other options include employing specialized seals and chemical remedies.
3. Mold Can Be Hidden
A common misconception among homeowners is that newly-constructed or freshly-remodeled homes must be mold-free. Unfortunately, though, this is not always the case. Mold infestations are frequently painted over or covered with new drywall by real estate investors and “house flippers.” This is a simple, fast, and purely aesthetic fix. It only masks the mold; it does not remove it. Sellers in California are required to inform prospective buyers of any known flaws. The vendor, however, might not always be truthful about the degree of the damage, or the report might not always be thorough. If certain specialty inspections are ignored, purchasing a home that has been remodeled or flipped can be very risky.
Located in northern California, CalPro Inspection Group serves Greater Sacramento and the entire Bay Area. Our professional team provides quality home inspections and commercial inspections. You can contact us today at (800) 474-3540 to request a quote or schedule an inspection.