Are you a first-time home buyer? While your new home may seem perfect with its brand-new appliances and wallpaper, mold could be hiding behind them and in other places out of sight. Often, mold infestation cannot be seen but the air quality in the home will slowly deteriorate over the years until people start falling sick. Read on to find out more about why first-time home buyers should consider mold testing.
Professional Mold Testing
Buying a new home is a large investment. If your new home has been infested by mold, it is important that you find out about it sooner rather than later. While you can sometimes see mold growing by spotting black streaks on the walls or ceilings, mold growth is not always visible. With professional mold testing and air quality testing, you can be aware of the true extent of the mold issue and know where the mold growths are located even if they are hidden. This gives you a chance to remediate the mold problem.
As mold usually thrive in areas of high humidity, identifying the places of their growth may help you uncover spots that trap moisture. While a home having mold may not be a dealbreaker in your purchase decision, knowing about the problem does help you in the long run when you do decide to move into the home.
Mold can result in health issues in many people. While most healthy and non-allergic adults usually have no problem living in an environment with mold spores in the air, this is not the case for others. Elderly, young children, immunocompromised individuals, people allergic to mold, and people with asthma are among those who are likely to develop nasty reactions to a mold problem. Common health issues that occur are wheezing and sneezing. This may not sound serious but mold can also trigger asthma attacks in those who have asthma, which is a dangerous situation. Additionally, if the mold problem worsens to become a severe infestation in the home, even otherwise healthy individuals may start developing symptoms of upper respiratory tract issues.
Mold growth does not always produce a strong smell. However, when a smell is present, it is usually very noticeable because some compounds produced by mold have strong and unpleasant odors. Hence, even if you cannot see the mold, you may be able to tell that there is mold by the musty scent it produces. It would be embarrassing to hold a housewarming party and have your guests notice the musty scent of mold infestation in your new home.
If you are buying a home for the first time and want to have it professionally tested for mold, Iris Labs can help you. Contact your nearest Iris Labs today to learn more about our mold inspecting service and we will do our best to meet your needs.