Home Mold Inspection – Problems Before Buying a House

When it gets down to mold, out of sight doesn’t always mean its gone.  Visible mold is easy to spot with its leathery, dark green appearance.  But you won’t always know where rot and decay hide till you know where to look.  More often than not, mold makes its appearance felt through its pungent odor, water leaks, discolored walls, and ceilings or even mold-related health problems. You could have a home mold inspection before you even know it.

Home Mold Inspection San Diego CAMany parts of your home are vulnerable to mold growth.  Here’s the lowdown on home mold inspection.

  1. They love the bathroom.  Bathroom mold is fairly common. Check your shower stalls, shower curtains, and bathtub.  Mold loves to thrive in and around the toilet, tub, and shower grout because water seeps and traps easily in these areas.

 

  1. They can hide in the attic. You’d think an attic is a place least likely for mold to thrive.  Unfortunately, the attic is a fertile ground because of inadequate air and high humidity.  Check the underside of your roof deck (which is the plywood your shingles are attached to) as well as the insulation, if any.

 

  1. Behind your walls. You won’t see it but their pungent, musky odor is a huge clue.  Do a quick sniff on the walls of your bathroom and basement (or any other wall prone to moisture).  If you get that wet sock odor, call a mold remediation company, immediately.

 

  1. They may or may not smell. This is where it gets tricky! Mold may or may not emit that musty odor.  Some types don’t even smell like mold at all.  They can smell like fruit, flowers, soil or even chocolate!

 

Since mold spores are microscopic, lightweight, and easily float through the air, they end up in a lot of places – beneath floorboards, walls, even in your HVAC system.  Most strains grow quickly and need just a little moisture to flourish.

If you aren’t too sure where to look, enlist the help of a professional and get a thorough home mold inspection.  The best way to prevent mold is to detect vulnerable areas early on and to consistently check nooks and crannies where they may thrive.