You can usually tell right away if a home has a problem with humidity. You can feel it on your skin as there is a distinctive stickiness, like being in a bathroom right after a shower, whenever it’s humid. You may also smell it too as mold and mildew has a very recognizable odor. If you are in the market for a new home, you should know that mold and humidity is a serious problem. If you want to learn how humidity can lead to mold issues - just look at a moist forest ground after a rainstorm. You will notice mushrooms and other fungal spores – this is the same process by which mold proliferates in a damp home. Here is how to avoid buying a home with moisture and mold problems.
First off, you want to realize that asking may not get you anywhere. If you ask a real estate agent or seller if there is a humidity problem, he or she will most likely tell you there isn’t. So, you want to stick to your senses. For instance, if the house feels cramped, dark and moist – there is a good chance that the layout isn’t very conducive to ventilation and thus probably has mold. It doesn’t take very long for mold to grow in these environments. The last thing you want is to purchase a home and then realize that it has to be razed due to mold problems.
Besides using your senses, you want to check for various ventilation systems. Just because a home seems cramped and dark, it doesn’t mean that it is completely lacking a ventilation system. If a homebuilder knows that mold and humidity may be a problem, he or she may have installed a ventilation system to make sure that air is properly circulated. So, when you are touring homes, be sure to take a look around – is there a fan in the bathroom? – Is there a whole home ventilation system installed with the HVAC unit?
Next, you may also want to hire a technician to do a thorough investigation of the property. You can either hire a mold abatement team or you could hire a housing inspector to take a closer look to make sure there is no mold. A mold abatement company may be a better bet – they not only have more specialized tools, but they also have more education when it comes to knowing what to look for. Regardless, if you are interested in a certain property, you want to get it inspected no matter what just because you just never know what’s lurking in places you cannot see directly.
Lastly, moisture and mildew can be the bane of any homeowner’s existence. The last thing you want when moving into a new home is to adopt the problem of the previous owner. If a home has a moisture problem, it will most likely always have a moisture problem – especially if you don’t put the money into upgrading the home. In the end, if you are in love with the home, you may want to make the investment, but it is still always imperative to be wary.