Every home has its quirks, so you shouldn’t discount a house for an odd thing or two. However, you shouldn’t buy a home that requires you to jeopardize the health of you or your family. Here are some potential hazards to look for when touring a house.
The thought of moving into a moldy house is gross enough before you learn that mold comes with serious health risks, including allergic reactions, asthma attacks, and respiratory issues. When looking around a potential house, look for warm, damp areas in the home. Mold grows best in these environments and can grow on walls, ceilings, and floors.
Structural and foundational problems are costly to fix and potentially hazardous. Cracks in a home’s foundation can let in water, pests, and even radon. Ensure you head down to the basement while touring a house, as you’ll likely notice structural and foundational problems here. A few minor cracks may not cause concern, but hire a professional to do an inspection if you see large cracks.
Nearly everyone today knows that asbestos is a dangerous insulation material directly linked to asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, but many homes built a few decades ago are full of it. Find out how old the house is, and have the property inspected if it was built before 1980.
Radon is a dangerous radioactive gas released naturally by the decay of certain elements found in rocks and soil. Because radon gas has no taste, color, or scent, you won’t know you’ve been exposed to it until you develop health concerns. Before purchasing a new home, always have it tested for radon by professionals.
Now that you know the potential hazards to look for when touring a house, ensure you move into the best home possible and avoid health risks for you and your loved ones.