Because the state is prone to elevated levels of humidity, both mold and mildew can grow anywhere the right conditions exist, whether hidden or in plain sight. Mold growth can appear as slimy black spots, white patches, green fuzz, orange film, etc. It is a living organism with a variety of species and visual appearances.
The health of those exposed to growth varies by both the individual and the species of the mold itself. For people whose health is already at risk (folks with asthma, allergies, lung disease, and suppressed immune systems leaving them vulnerable to illness) mold exposure can potentially be life-threatening. This serious subject is particularly relevant for Floridians shopping for new homes.
Hiding in Plain Sight
Your home shopping expedition can be fun, but it’s always good to bring a measure of skepticism to each open house and property tour you take. Mold proliferates everywhere since it spreads by releasing tiny microscopic spores that travel through the air and attach easily to walls, floors, appliances, carpets, and furnishings.
Once mold has gained a foothold on surfaces, continued dampness can spread it like wildfire. Some of the most vulnerable places in Florida homes are walls that have been compromised by water originating from hurricanes, floods, and tropical storms that perpetually deluge the state.
Unless damp areas are immediately and thoroughly dried, the threat of mold growth in that area is high. What areas are particularly vulnerable to mold growth? Leaky pipes, windows, roofs, and ventilation systems are all good places for a mold inspection checklist.
Skepticism is a Good Trait for Homebuyers
While the home you’re interested in buying may look perfectly lovely thanks to drywall replacement, fresh paint, new carpet, and the addition or replacement of new appliances, these superficial improvements won’t necessarily hide the truth. In fact, it is fairly easy and common for cheap sellers to temporarily cover up obvious signs of mold growth when trying to sell a home.
And since you’ve got a long list of features and designs that comprise the ideal residence you seek, leaving the job of mold detection to a professional is one of the best gifts you can give to your wallet, your family’s health, and the future. In many cases, if you have already determined you want to buy, you may be able to convince a seller to cover the cost of a mold inspection prior to inking the deal. Chances are the cost of the inspection will be far outweighed by the prospect of closing the deal.
How Do We Actually Find and Determine Mold Growth?
Why trust our assessors to inspect for mold before buying a Florida home? We’ve been trained to spot the suspicious signs you may not notice. These can include signs that a floor has hosted standing water and stains on walls that are not as well hidden as a homeowner might think. We also conduct air quality tests throughout the home during the mold inspection process to collect samples of the air. Lab testing determines spore counts and which mold species are present as well as shows us where high concentrations of spores exist within the home.