We can all agree that buying a new house is an important and monumental milestone in anyone’s life, which is why it is very important that you see beyond the layouts and the pieces of shiny, shimmering furniture and appliances and be smart about what to look out for. Remember that a house is a huge investment that involves thousands up to millions of dollars. You simply can’t afford to go wrong. Most people make the careless mistake of purchasing a home without first checking if it’s a health hazard. Yes, unfortunately, there are houses that can harm your health.
In order to make the right choice you have to see beyond the fresh coats of paint, the posh-looking furniture and the modern appliances and dig deeper to know what’s behind these decorative ornaments. While it’s easy to be impressed by the overall look of a house, you should not base your decision solely on how it looks. A house that looks and smells good could be the house that will send you to the hospital.
Two of the most important factors you should check in a house are the presence of mold and the presence of asbestos.
Mold In Your Home
Mold is a kind of fungus that ranges in color (white, black, gray and green) and it comes in various shapes as well. While there are visible molds – the ones that you typically see on food products and your bathroom tiles – there are also molds that are hard to detect like the ones that grow under the floor or those that lurk behind walls or attics and basements.
It is important that you check the following areas of the house for the presence of mold:
- Roofs, windows and leaking pipes
- Basement and other areas of the home that have previously been flooded and were not dried completely
- Completely sealed buildings where moisture is possibly trapped
- Houses that have very poor ventilation and those that show obvious signs of dampness
Aside from making your house look hideous, the primary concern of having mold in your home is that it causes major health problems. The most dangerous type of mold is the one that produces mycotoxins. These toxic substances can lead to respiratory problems, unusual bleeding, seizures, rashes, and can even lead to death. The best way to check if the house you are about to buy has mold is to hire a Mold Removalist Company. They have trained staff who are skilled in inspecting all areas of your home for the presence of mold. At the end of the evaluation, they will come up with a detailed report about the overall condition of the house.
Asbestos In Your Home
The second most important thing you need to check in a house is the presence of asbestos. Unfortunately, unlike mold that can be seen, asbestos, on the other hand, is completely invisible and you can’t see it with your naked eye. And unlike mold where it gives off a strong musty smell, asbestos is totally odorless. The question is how do you check a home for asbestos? You will need to hire a trained and qualified professional to do it. When asbestos is disturbed, it can lead to serious health conditions like lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. A trained professional will know what to look for and how to properly handle, transport and dispose asbestos. Taking samples is one of the most challenging parts of the job, which is why you should not in any way attempt to do it yourself.
Before you agree to purchase a house, make sure that you check for the presence of mold and asbestos because what’s the point of having a beautiful home when it will only make you and your family sick?