The monsoon season has just passed and left record amounts of rain in Phoenix from Mesa, to Peoria to Scottsdale. With so many vacant, bank owned(REO) homes in greater Phoenix, water damage is all too often a result and a problem. If the water damage is not immediately treated mold can grow.
If doesn’t matter if you live in Phoenix, Scottsdale, or anywhere in the world, mold spores are everywhere. They are in the air, on clothes and on your pets. Of course, 99.99% of all mold is completely harmless.
However, there is one type of mold, Black Mold, also called Toxic Black Mold that can cause some significant health hazards and Phoenix area homeowners need to be aware.
Toxic Black Mold is especially dangerous for people who have breathing difficulties, immune system problems, or allergies. Also, infants, children, pregnant women, and the elderly are at much higher risk. It has also recently been discovered that mold is the number one culprit in repeat sinus infections. Toxic Black Mold has been known in a few cases to cause death to infants.
If you are buying a home in greater Phoenix, especially, if that has not been occupied, I highly recommend a mold inspection.
It is very important to know if your home has toxic black mold. Just because you can not see it does not mean it is not there. If you have a clue or a suspicion that Toxic Black Mold may be in your house get a qualified black mold specialist to test. Cost of a black mold inspection can cost between $250-$350.
If you are buying a home make sure you or your Phoenix, Arizona real estate agent asks for a seller disclosure statement which would include water damage and mold disclosure. Again, the seller may not be aware. However, it is critical to ask so if issues arise later they can be addressed per the addendum.
Be wary of homes in which the seller will not provide a seller property disclosure statement (SPDS). If you find a home in which you cannot get a seller property disclosure statement , please spend a small amount of money for a home inspection and if the home has been unoccupied a mold inspection.
The old adage ‘what you don’t know won’t hurt you’, does not apply.