Homes left standing vacant for extended periods may end up being inhabited by mold, which can present a number of health problems.
Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) January 22, 2014
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage restoration and mold remediation services in the United States, is advising home buyers to secure a mold inspection in advance of any purchase on a foreclosed property. Homes left standing vacant for extended periods may end up being inhabited by mold, which can present a number of health problems.
In the current economy, it remains a buyer’s market, allowing more people to land the home of their dreams for a very reasonable price. Bank foreclosures can be attractive deals, as long as the home is in good condition, without a lot of needed repairs. The problem comes when people, in a hurry to make a decision, overlook what should be some commonly expected problems.
Mold can be a serious problem in many homes that have been left vacant for long periods of time. It can occur when what is known as the “stack effect” is interrupted. The stack effect is the normal circulation of air throughout the house as a result of occupants leaving and entering the residence on a regular basis. Once a home has been vacated, that circulation ceases, allowing air to sit, providing the setting for mold to occur.
Mold has become such an issue that some real estate agents even require clients to sign a release form before entering some properties, releasing the agent from any liability that may result from mold growth in the home.
Restoration Local offers mold as one of their many water damage repair and restoration services, and they advise prospective home buyers to make sure and have their potential dream home properly inspected for mold. This is especially important if it has been unoccupied for an extended period of time. Mold remediation can be expensive, and in some cases may not work. Homes, businesses, and even entire city blocks have been condemned and demolished for no other reason than out of control mold growth.
Restoration Local also reminds home buyers that it isn’t enough to simply kill or remove the mold. The affected environment must be properly treated in order to prevent the mold from returning. Humidity levels must be brought down to acceptable levels and air properly circulated throughout the residence.
Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration and mold remediation services in the US, with providers in 30 states, 24/7 availability, and same day emergency service. They are certified by the Clean Trust (IICRC) and Restoration Industry Association (RIA) and a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau.