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Just as every corner of the U.S. boasts its distinct charm, it also presents a unique set of challenges for potential homeowners. Whether you’re eyeing a home off the warm shores of Orlando, Florida ,and the potential of underlying damage from hurricane seasons, or setting your sights in a picturesque house in Katy Texas? Where foundational concerns often take the spotlight, being well-prepared is paramount.
Before taking the plunge into homeownership, one essential step that can’t be overlooked is a comprehensive home inspection. Consulting with seasoned professionals who are well-versed in the region’s nuances is key to understanding the potential pitfalls that may lie ahead. In Texas, a state known for its diverse geography and climate, home inspectors have encountered a range of issues that warrant careful consideration. In this Redfin article. From foundation worries to pest problems, here are five things to look out for to help you safeguard your investment in the Lone Star State.
Key indicators of water damage mold and environmental concerns relevant to SE Texas or Gulf Coast
With high humidity, floods, and the occasional hard freezes like February 2021 that burst water pipes, mold damage is a critical issue to be aware of and can remain hidden.
We look at the foundation outside if it’s has low footing, or high soil, and if the grade is above the siding /bricks it’s almost a guarantee there’s mold in the structure. Very likely it has termite damage as well.
Take out the furnace filter and Look inside the return for water marks and stains.
Older homes have deteriorated moisture barriers in perimeter walls. We look for texture change, warped molding, and water stains on interior walls.
Newer homes with higher energy systems like spray from attics and high efficiency HVAC systems have potential to create conditions for mold growth. I look for high humidity in these conditioned attic spaces and telltale signs like rusting components on the HVAC or ductwork strapping.
Remember mold spores are invisible and toxigenic. Walk the property and use your nose. Does it smell musty? Are there lots of air fresheners present?
The clear choice for peace of mind, and to protect your family’s health is to get a licensed qualified consultant to do air quality testing for any hidden mold Before you buy.