If you suffer from lung diseases like asthma or allergies, you are already aware of the effects that mold can have on your health. But mold can cause a variety of problems like wheezing, coughing, and irritations even for those that are completely healthy. That’s why inspecting a home for mold before buying it is vital.
However, you don’t have to rely on a home inspection report to identify if there are mold issues. As mold experts, we’ve prepared a list of the top 10 places that a homeowner can check out while viewing a home to set your mind at ease or request the inspector pay special attention to during the home inspection.
1. Kitchen and Bathroom Sinks
Mold thrives in damp and dirty spaces. As a result, bathroom and kitchen sinks are the perfect environments for mold growth. So be sure to check under the sink for any signs of mold or leaks.
2. Attic Trusses and Roof Sheathing
Attics are one of the most common places where you can find mold due to water infiltration. Take a moment and carefully inspect the attic trusses and roof sheathing for any leaks. Over time, these can promote the growth of mold, even if there was no infestation there in the first place.
Although there isn’t an easy way to tell for sure if there is mold in the ceiling, there are a few warning signs that you can pay attention to. If you notice an earthy, musty smell or see condensation, the ceiling might be infested with mold. Also, be on the lookout for water stains or signs of repainting.
Damp and dark areas like the basement are ideal for mold to grow. When you check the basement, remember to inspect the corners, ceiling tiles, and ceiling joists. Keep in mind that mold can be deceiving, often appearing as dirt, so pay extra attention when looking for it. Additionally, water staining lines on unfinished walls, such as concrete foundation walls, can point towards a recent water leak, which promotes mold growth.
5. Crawl Spaces
Just like the basement, crawl spaces are usually infested with mold due to dampness. So check for signs of high humidity, such as condensation. Remember that you can use dehumidifiers to keep moisture levels under control.
Windows are another key area that you need to inspect. Make sure they seal properly and don’t allow for condensation build-up. Pay close attention to the sill, as it indicates the condition of the window. If you find any evidence of rot and mold, then you will have to replace the windows as soon as possible.
7. Dry Walls
A home’s walls can hide mold behind them. That’s why you need to be on the lookout for signs pointing towards it, such as musty smells and stains. Wallpaper can also harbor mold, so check for any peeling or moisture on it.
8. Closets and Wardrobes
Closets and wardrobes are often dark, moist, and filled with all kinds of places for mold spores to land. Take a look at the corners and floors to ensure that there is no mold present.
9. Sliding Doors
It’s important to note that any nook and cranny that holds moisture can lead to mold in a home. So don’t forget to examine the track of the sliding doors and see if they’re sealed properly. Also, check if there is a place for rain to puddle, as that can also promote mold growth.
10. Vents and Air Conditioning System
Air conditioning systems can spread mold spores throughout the whole house. If possible, inspect the home’s vents to see if they contain dust, pollen, or anything that might attract mold.
If you’ve spotted mold and still want to go ahead with the purchase, the best way to deal with it is to contact Mold Solutions. Our expert team is able to handle any type of mold infestation. Thanks to our cutting-edge equipment, we are able to locate, remediate, and prevent mold from ever becoming a problem again.
So why let mold turn you away from your dream house when Mold Solutions is just a phone call away?