House hunting…. It’s the cause of many sleepless nights and arguments over how many bathrooms you really need, and then when you find the right one, it’s pure joy. But don’t let that joy turn to dismay the moment you get handed the keys and discover mould hiding away under the sink or on the roof. Mould Spotting Tips.
So what areas should you pay special attention to while you’re house hunting?
Looking at an older style home with a fireplace? Make sure you check the chimney or have it checked during your building inspection. The bricks can collect water while broken tiles and rusted flashing can let water in causing mould to grow.
Often unnoticed, water getting in through condensation or damaged window seals can cause a build-up of mould along the seals. Because these seals are often black, mould can easily go unnoticed.
Air conditioners are almost the perfect place for mould to grow, especially if they aren’t cleaned often. It’s easy enough to flick open the front of the air conditioner to see if there is mould growing or a build-up of dirt and dust on the filters.
Bathroom Exhaust Fans
Another happy spot for mould to grow, bathroom exhaust fans can be a little difficult to check, although some models you can see through the vents to see if any mould is growing. It’s also worthwhile checking ceilings and walls thoroughly.
Cupboards underneath Sinks
This one almost goes without saying – open up those kitchen and vanity cupboard doors to ensure there are no leaking taps and pipes causing mould build-up.
Of course, if you are keen on purchasing a property, make sure you engage a professional building inspector and ask them to pay special attention to wet areas and any moisture in the walls or ceiling.
If you missed the mould, it can generally be treated quickly and easily with professional mould treatment. Bandaid solutions like vinegar and bleach don’t work for long and you’ll soon notice the mould coming back. Professional treatment means you’ll be back enjoying your new home before you know it. Mould Spotting Tips.