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When Is It Important To Have Your Home's Air Quality Tested?
Most of us realize the importance of having a home inspection before purchasing a property. They are looking for functionality. What they may not see is how these systems work together as a whole, impacting the quality of air in the house.
By: Sunsation Services
Although a home inspector may check some of the same things a mold assessor checks, they may be interpreting the results differently.
If you're going to purchase a home, a moisture/mold survey can be important. Often, when selling a home, the seller makes cosmetic changes to improve the appeal of the home. These cosmetic changes often hide issues, especially when the home is owned by a house "flipper". We once inspected a home that had recently been renovated. Everything on the surface looked great, but there were high levels of mold in the air. Luckily, we were able to discover the source without destructive testing. In the HVAC return, the wood box the HVAC unit was sitting on was contaminated with mold. Since all the air in the home flowed past this area, the air in the home had elevated mold readings. This was a relatively easy fix. Once the box was replaced, the readings lowered to "normal ecology". In another home, we found a large area of mold under the stairs. This was an area very difficult to access. In this instance, the spore trap air sample was not elevated. However, we noticed a very small amount of growth at the bottom of the HVAC unit and kept inspecting until we discovered the growth that covered the underside of the stairwell. This repair would require a Florida licensed mold remediator to remove the growth. The owner had not disclosed the problem because she had the HVAC unit replaced and didn't realize there had been growth under the stairs. The point is, hidden growth can be in the property you are about to purchase, and a home inspector may not find it.
A mold assessment is especially necessary if you or a member of the family is in a demographic that may have a higher probability for sensitivity. These groups include infants, the elderly, chemotherapy patients, someone with immune issues like lupus, fibromyalgia, MS, or lime disease, or a respiratory illness like asthma or COPD. Also, if you are purchasing the home to be a rental, you won't know if a potential renter has sensitivities to microbial growth.
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