Whenever realtors show a house that has a history of mold problems, it is important that they understand exactly what it would take to resolve those problems before a sale goes through. A mold inspection might be a contingency included in an offer placed on the home. Therefore, a realtor can provide the potential buyer with some additional value by knowing exactly what types of questions the mold inspector in Portland, OR will seek to answer while going about his or her work.
Here are a few of those questions you should be able to answer, both for the mold inspector and for the potential homebuyer:
- Are negative health effects exacerbated in the home? If, for example, someone who has asthma or allergies has them significantly worse when they spend time inside the home, this is a likely sign of air quality issues caused by mold.
- When was the property built? The inspector wants to get a good idea of how old the property is, which will give some indication as to the potential aging issues that could cause moisture and mold.
- Does the house have a sump pit/pump? Many homes have sump pumps and sump pits to help prevent flooding from occurring. However, if these pumps and pits are not properly functioning, they are not really of any help. A lack of sump pump or one that’s malfunctioning could mean there is too much moisture in the house.
- Are there any leaks? Leaks from dishwashers, sinks, water heaters and other plumbing fixtures could lead to moisture seeping into the structure of the home and creating mold. If you know there are leaks and have noticed other signs of mold, the first place to check is right in the area surrounding those leaks you discover.
- Have there been previous floods in the home? If you know there have been previous floods or sewer backups inside the home, then it is much more likely that mold has formed either under the floor or in the walls.
- Have the windows been updated? Updated windows can help to provide greater energy efficiency and protection from moisture, but there is also a chance that during the process of updating the windows, they were not sealed and fitted properly. If that is the case, moisture could get into the home and lead to mold formation.
- Are there exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens? Bathrooms and kitchens are the most moisture-prone rooms in the house. If there is a lack of exhaust fans, the moisture will likely gravitate to one area and be more likely to create mold or mildew.
- Is the dryer vented outside? If dryers are not vented outside, there will be significant issues with moisture surrounding them in the basement or laundry room.
These are just a few questions a mold inspector in Portland, OR will be likely to ask. For more information about how to prepare a home for a mold inspection and the kinds of information you should be prepared to give to a potential homebuyer, contact us today at Active Mold Control LLC.
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