Several of these issues call for specialized testing that may not be part of a 4 point inspection. Still, there are signs you and your inspector can watch for.
Let’s review some of the biggest issues a Central Florida home might have:
Radon is a radioactive gas strongly associated with lung cancer. It’s colorless and odorless, so finding it requires a special test. Radon occurs in the environment, but it can become hazardous when it infiltrates a building through cracks in the foundation and gets trapped indoors. Consumer and professional radon testing kits are available.
Central Florida homes are especially vulnerable to termites. Florida dry wood termites don’t have to be in contact with soil to survive, so they can make their nests in roofs and attics. Termites leave characteristic bore holes in wood and shed their wings throughout the structure: Check on top of wooden window sills for these. A wood destroying organism inspection can verify an infestation.
Asbestos is a heat-resistant substance widely used in insulation for decades. These days, asbestos exposure is associated with mesothelioma, a serious cancer. Homes built between 1930 and 1950 are most likely to have asbestos in the form of insulation. Luckily, this insulation has a distinctive appearance, so it can be noticeable during a home inspection.
4. Lead Paint
Lead paint was banned by the federal government in 1978 because of its association with lead poisoning. Homes built before 1978 are very likely to have lead paint or lead piping. While it may be possible to recognize lead piping on sight, there are tests to check for lead in paint. Unbroken lead paint is relatively safe, but dust and chips can be dangerous.
Mold can get started in Central Florida homes thanks to standing water after storms. Moisture build-up in the walls can cause mold to proliferate long after storm remediation is done. In some cases, high concentrations of mold can be identified by sight. Special air quality tests can detect mold spores in the air even when nothing unusual can be seen.
Get Peace Of Mind With A Professional Home Inspection
If you’re thinking about buying an older home, remember severe issues can be lurking behind the scenes. If you or your inspector noticed signs of these problems, it’s a good idea to take extra steps beyond the 4 point inspection. Determine the cost of making the home safe before you agree on closing.
At Super Inspection Pros, our experienced team understands what to look for in Central Florida homes. With us, you will know whether you can move forward with confidence – or if you should move on to looking at other homes.
Our home inspection professionals are guided by more than a decade of experience. Every inspector is licensed and insured, and you can count on a guaranteed 24-hour turnaround.
To schedule your 4 point inspection, just contact us today.