Are you looking at buying a home that has had some water damage, and you aren't sure if the damages are minor or severe? If so, there are some professionals you can call to look at the different materials and the structure of the home, to see how bad the mold damage is. You don't want to move into a house that is potentially toxic, and you want to know how much it would be to remediate the problem. You also want to know how much it will cost to protect the house if this happens again. Get the following things completed.
Have a mold inspection completed around the property. The mold inspectors will check the following areas to see if mold is present:
- Walls, carpeting and fabrics
- In the air around the living space
- Ventilation system and HVAC appliances
These are just a few of the inspection sites, and the mold inspection professionals will know what other areas to look in. After the inspection, get an estimate for remediation so you know how much it will cost to get rid of the mold.
Foundation Stability Inspection
If there was water in the basement you want to know if the foundation around the house was compromised, or if the basement concrete is still safe. The foundation contractor will look to see if there is damage, like cracks or soft spots, and they will also look at the soil and sand around the exterior of the property. If the ground around the foundation has been altered, it may not be supporting the concrete as it should be.
You want to find out if the house is located in a flood zone, to determine the likelihood that this incident will happen again. There are a lot of different factors that could be causing the flooding, and if it's the location of the house, not the grading or backfill material, then you'll have to decide if you want to deal with this problem again in the future.
There are a lot of different things that you'll want to worry about if you are purchasing a home that has some mold and water damage in the basement and you'll want to look at these three different things before you put an offer on the property. Talk with experts, like those from Coastal Environmental Compliance LLC, and find out what needs repaired and at what expense to get the property safe.