Mold is usually considered to be a problem that occurs in old homes that have outdated equipment behind the walls, but did you know it can happen anywhere? Even in a brand new home? In fact many mold experts believe that modern construction techniques actually lend themselves to mold growth once the project is all finished.
Many buildings, and especially smaller homes, are built in portions, with open structures being left out while other parts are being finished, exposing them to the elements until the next phase of construction starts. Even though there are stops in construction on certain areas of a new home, the actual construction process is fairly fast, making it easy to miss moisture that gets trapped in areas that are going to be sealed away from the human eye forever. Getting moisture trapped in these areas makes it hard to find, and even harder to dry if it is found.
The base of most homes is wood, which is the perfect natural element for mold to feed on. When paired with moisture this easily creates a perfect storm for mold to grow, and since it will be in the basic structure of the home, it is a recipe for both a physically and medically dangerous situation.
Before you buy a home, consider having it inspected for mold, especially if it is newly constructed. It’s always a good idea because even if there is mold, you can include the remediation costs in your deal with the seller, saving you a ton of money in the long run. In addition, if there is a bad mold problem, your dream home can quickly turn into your nightmare home, so it’s best to just avoid that if you can.
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