Mould needs moisture to survive and flourish, this is why it is commonly found in bathrooms where the climate s frequently humid. Most people don’t worry too much about it as it can be removed surprisingly easily.
But, mould can be hazardous to your health and it’s important to know what to do if mould is found during a house inspection.
The Timing Of The Inspection
Ideally, a home inspection should be carried out as early in the process as possible. You need to see the results of the surveys and investigations before you fully commit to the deal. If done early the reports can be used to adjust the price of the property, giving you the funds you need to deal with the issues.
In this instance, the seller should deal with the mould issue. But, if you have committed to the purchase you may find that it’s something you have to deal with. At this stage, you’ll have to understand where the moisture is coming from to create the mould. It’s then worth speaking to someone familiar with the security of payments act NSW, they may be able to assist you in the fight to have the issue sorted.
In other words, if the seller knows about the mould before the transaction is complete they will need to resolve the issue or reduce the price for you.
The good news is dealing with mould is surprisingly easy.
Find the Source
Your home inspection report will tell you where the mould is. It may even identify what factors are contributing to the mould. As mentioned, mould needs moisture to thrive.
Mould that is low in the house may be getting moisture from damp rising through the floors. This suggests the damp proof course is not functioning properly or you have an issue with underfloor ventilation that is preventing the removal of warm moist air from under the property.
You can check the underfloor space for ventilation and add some in to help keep moisture away from the floor and walls of the house. If the damp proof cause has failed you may need some expert help to resolve the matter.
In contrast, if the mould is higher, perhaps on the walls or ceiling, then you may have a water leak that is causing the mould growth. You’ll need to verify if there is a leak in the pipes that need to be repaired or if the water ingress is caused by roof damage or gutters overflowing.
Identifying the issue will allow you to address it and prevent the mould from getting worse.
The best approach is to get a professional firm to clean the mould for you. This is because mould spores can get into your lungs and cause a variety of issues. The professionals are prepared for this and will have the equipment and tools needed to remove all the mould safely.
You can then move forward with enjoying the property.