Home Buyers Turn to EMSL’s Mold Experts for Answers to Important Questions
While there are some home buyers and investors who may look for properties that are in need of major repairs, most people buying a home do not want to deal with anything more than minor cosmetic fixes when purchasing a home.
There are few things that can cause a bigger headache or expense for new homeowners than discovering water damage and mold growth in their home after the sale is complete. In some states, sellers are required to disclose any information they are aware of about mold in a property. However, they may not know about its presence especially if it is growing out of sight.
To prevent any unexpected surprises due to existing water damage and mold, anyone buying a home should schedule a home inspection. While some home inspectors are well versed in mold inspections and indoor air quality issues, others may not offer this service or have been trained in this field. Also, depending on the region, home inspectors may not be required to look for mold at all. Fortunately, there are consultants who specialize in mold and indoor air quality inspections and testing.
“Mold growth in a home can be obvious at times, but that is not always the case,” said Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Mold needs moisture or elevated humidity levels to grow, signs of water damage are often indicators of a mold problem. These may be due to structural problems and leaks, faulty plumbing, poor ventilation, drainage issues and past flooding events. Be on the lookout for indicators such as stains on flooring, ceilings and around windows. Also, remember that problems may have occurred in attics, wall cavities, behind cabinets and around showers or under sinks where damage is not always visible. Another sign that there may be issues is the presence of a musty odor as it is often a red flag for both moisture and mold problems.”
EMSL offers mold testing services, sampling supplies and test kits. To purchase a mold test kit, visit: http://www.emsl.com/ProductCatalogSearchResults.aspx?Action=FullCategory&CategoryID=82&Category=Professional^Test^Kits.
EMSL has also sponsored an educational video about some things home buyers should know about mold that can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/BZB9WLzBvTk.
To learn more about testing for mold and other indoor air quality issues, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com .
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.
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