COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the real estate industry, turning the market brisk when it comes to the sale of existing and new homes. This market condition can mostly be attributed to the record low mortgage rates. There was a sudden increase in home sale activity and, as a result, an equally dramatic surge in mold remediation.
Whenever someone sells their home, one crucial element of the process is a home inspection. If you, as a seller, have a mold problem in your home, according to Home Disclosure Requirements set forth by law, you should identify and mitigate the problem before listing your home.
If you are a buyer, getting the help of a home inspector will be greatly beneficial in helping to detect any flaws in the property. However, you need to be on the lookout as well.
Here are some of the most common places to look for mold.
Checking For Mold When Buying a New House
Start by looking for signs of previous water damage. These will include:
- Water stains and freshly painted areas
- Drywall (ceiling and walls)
- Drop/suspended ceilings
- Wood framing (check framing where it meets the floor in particular)
- Ceiling joist (look for white fuzzy growth or black staining)
- Crawl Spaces
- Area surrounding the sump pit
- Area surrounding the water heater
Look for signs of previous water damage or currently leaking pipes in:
- Sink base cabinet
- In front of the dishwasher
- In front of (and behind if possible) the refrigerator
Bathrooms are a prime breeding ground for mold due to high humidity and plumbing. Consider checking:
- Sink base cabinet
- Drywall surrounding the tub, toilet, and sink (pedestal sink)
- Walls and ceilings – without proper ventilation, you may see suspect growth on the drywall, grout, and/or tile.
Finally, use your sense of smell. If you experience a sense of “mustiness, mildew, or mold,” there’s a good chance your nose is correct!
Major Restoration has performed mold remediation projects all over Pennsylvania and Maryland. Some have been covered by insurance, and others have not. In either case, we’ll guide you through the entire process and make sure you have a full understanding of how we can remedy the problem. Give us a call, and we’ll help you through the mold remediation process!