From the initial home search to hearing the words “accepted offer,” every stage in the process of buying a new home is both exciting and stressful. A reality many home buyers face is what will be uncovered in that ‘home of your dreams’ during the home inspection. Some findings could be as moderate as a few simple repairs, while others mean costly repairs that may require you to start your home search all over again.

One common problem often uncovered in home inspections is the presence of “possible microbial growth” or mold. The only way to confirm the presence of mold is through labratory analysis. Just because you see a discoloration on a wall or ceiling doesn’t mean it’s mold it could be dirt or stains. When people hear that word, panic automatically ensues. But rest assured, it is perfectly normal for mold spores to be in the air of every home because mold naturally exists in nature. The key is understanding what kinds of mold are damaging to your home and to your personal health.

Your health can be impacted in a variety of ways if mold is present in your home. Some molds are allergenic, some are water damage indicators, and some can produce mycotoxins which can cause very serious health problems. Even if you can’t immediately see mold, oftentimes, you can smell it and it can be harmful to your health. If you notice a musty smell as you walk throughout the house in areas such as closets, bathrooms, basements, or attics, mold could be the culprit.

The cause of mold in your home is quite simple: moisture. Moisture can enter a home in a number of different ways. The most common causes of moisture reaching the inside of your home is poor site drainage, roof leaks, plumbing leaks, improper exterior flashings, and improper exhaust venting of appliances and bathrooms.

During your initial walk-through of your potential new house, it is crucial for you to carefully examine your home’s basement, attic, storage spaces, ventilation systems and plumbing systems—even an untrained eye can catch big (and costly) problems. It’s also recommended to review the seller’s disclosure form to see if there is a history of moisture intrusion or mold problems.

If mold is a concern in your home—we are more than happy to schedule a home inspection, mold assessment, or even limited mold sampling.

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