Mold is a surprisingly common problem in homes, especially in damp or wet climates – and it doesn’t particularly matter if the home is new or old.
According to the CDC, mold can grow in expected places: around leaks in roofs, windows or pipes, or where flooding has occurred. You might find it on paper products, ceiling tiles or even on wallpaper.
It’s important to check for mold before signing final papers as any damage you find is costly to fix, especially as a homeowner. HomeAdvisor estimates mold removal costing $2,000-$6,000 (not to mention the added time and expense of being away from your home).
How to Identify Signs of Mold in a Home
The first thing you can do is simply look around. Mold can be easy to spot and discoloration is a key marker that it might be in the home. These deposits can be big or small. It’s important to either check yourself or through your home inspector.
Next, SFGate suggests that if you see bright white or yellow patches on walls or tiling, ask if this was a rustic approach to removing mold. This could signal the use of bleach, which doesn’t actually kill all mold spores.
Some groups are particularly sensitive to mold, so it may even be worth hiring a professional mold inspector to check for particles that aren’t easily visible. If you’re renting, the landlord should be open and willing to do this, if not, that could be a huge red flag.
What To Do If You Find Mold
If it’s found before you move in, you should absolutely have it removed. There are DIY options, but it might be best to negotiate with the seller or landlord to have a professional removal team take care of the problem, depending on its severity.
Above all, it’s important to target the source of the problem so it doesn’t return. This means checking for leaks and moisture and fixing any gaps that could lead to future issues.
If you find that mold issues are being disputed, whether with your landlord, in a home transaction, or with your insurance company, it’s important to understand your rights. Bevill & Bevill understands the unique issues that Alabama homeowners face and can guide you through the process. Call us today at (205) 221-4646 to schedule a free consultation.