First, ask yourself, "Should I be concerned about mold in a home I might buy?"
The answer is a resounding yes!
Of course there is mold everywhere, both inside the home and outdoors - what determines whether or not it is harmful are the questions "how much mold is there?" and "what type of mold is it?"
Mold can be found on plants, leaves, and other organic items both inside or outside.
Mold enters the home through any available opening in the home, as well as on your clothes, shoes, bags, and pets.
Mold in the home generally requires moisture to grow. Anywhere in the home that has moisture is a likely area for mold to grow: humidifiers, wet clothes drying, bath tubs, plant pots, leaky roofs, leaky pipes, and even steam from cooking in the kitchen.
Mold can be found in new homes as well as in older homes, inexpensive homes and high-end luxury homes - mold does not care.
What can mold exposure do to you?
What you should realize is that everyone is exposed to some amount of mold on a daily basis. Typically, it is only harmful if you are allergic to mold, or if you breath in large amounts of mold from the air. Mold is most harmful when it's actively growing.
Quite often mold can trigger an asthma attack. Prolonged exposure to mold can develop allergies and asthma in those who did not suffer before.
If you are looking to buy a home, you should either request a mold inspection report, or require one before deciding on a home. This will either help confirm your decision or it may possibly alter it. Either way, you should always have any home you are considering purchasing inspected for mold.
During our mold inspections we locate any sources of moisture with our thermal imaging camera. We then test the air in that area for mold, and send the tests out to the lab. After we get the tests back from the lab, we then provide you with a report containing the results.
Mold inspection is so important that you should not seriously consider buying a home, any home, without having a mold inspection report that is current.
Not only will let you know what you are buying, it can also affect your health and the health of your family.
Get a mold inspection - your health depends on it.