This is the story of a young couple who wanted to buy their dream home in Ottawa, and it highlights the importance of getting a mold inspection before purchasing a home.
In short, the couple had spent several months searching for a home, with many disappointments along the way, before they spotted what they thought was their dream home.
Even though the house was only six years old, the couple insisted on including a mold inspection as a condition in the offer to purchase.
The day of the inspection started off smooth. The mold inspector assessed the exterior of the home and did not find any problems. He then moved on to the interior, where he found major problems.
Mold isn’t always visible to the naked eye. It can grow behind walls, on plywood and other structural components.
Signs of a marijuana grow op
Inside the house, the inspector used a hygrometer to find that the relative humidity was much higher than normal. Strangely, he also noticed a humidifier attached to the furnace that had supposedly been running constantly.
In addition, there were hooks all over the ceiling beams in the basement. Upon further examination, the mold inspector also noticed a hole in the wall underneath the circuit breaker with a water hook up in an unusual place.
As he continued to inspect the home, he discovered a fertilizer spot stain on the floor. In the attic, he found mold above the spot where the secondary exhaust was.
The inspector then carried out an infrared scan in the basement and found mold growing there as well. It was also behind all the walls throughout the house.
All of this led the mold inspector to think that possibly the house had been used as a marijuana grow op.
Unfortunately, the house was not included on law enforcement’s list of grow ops, so the young couple had no way of knowing about its previous use.
This story goes to show you that perhaps you should consider not just a home inspection prior to purchasing a home, but also a mold inspection.
In the end, you don’t want to buy a house full of black mold. Even if you do, you can at least make sure that the sellers cover the cost of mold remediation.