You have shopped for weeks and finally found the perfect Fountain Hills home. You’re excited about the future and all you can think about is moving into your new home when your home inspector delivers some bad news, excess moisture was found and the possibility of mold exists. Yikes!
MOLD, OH NO, what do you do? Your first reaction is to probably panic and immediately cancel the contract, right? This is exactly what occurred with my buyers, the wife had allergies and this was a huge health concern for her but they both loved the house and were willing to research the situation further before they pulled the plug on the deal.
So is mold hiding in your home? Molds can be found almost anywhere such as wood, paper, carpet and insulation. When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or un-addressed.
What are the risks: There are health risks associated with mold such as allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory problems. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment but the moisture can be controlled. Mold spores primarily cause health problems when they are present in large numbers and people inhale many of them.
The first step is to address what is causing the moisture. The home inspection showed signs of moisture behind the walls in two of the bedrooms. It was determined that the moisture was coming from water that was entering through a large crack in the stucco outside the bedroom windows. When it rained or when the irrigation system came on, the water was hitting up against the house and running right through that crack into the inside of the wall. The stucco was repaired and we waited to see if the wall dried up to be sure the moisture problem was resolved. The next step was to hire a company that could give us an accurate and professional analysis. When it was determined that mold was present, both parties, seller and my buyers moved forward to get the mold remediated. The steps were to open the wall, kill the mold ( which in this case there was very little), retest and then replace drywall.
So don’t think it’s the end of the world when you find mold in your Fountain Hills Home. Do your research and don’t panic, as in this situation the problem was resolved and it was a happy ending for all.
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