The Invisible Dangers Lurking Inside A House

There are too many good people who have found the “perfect” house, hastily signed a contract, and ended up thousands of dollars in the hole just to make it livable. The truth is that what you see isn’t always what you get. You may love the color of that paint, but did you know that there could be dangerous lead lurking just underneath? That’s just one example of the invisible dangers that could be present in an otherwise attractive house.

Today we’re going to go over some of those invisible dangers and what you can do about them.

Not all mold is harmful, but when it is it’s really not something you want to mess around with. Not unless you like trips to the hospital. Even the harmless mold isn’t really something you want in your home, as it’s just plain ugly. Detecting mold isn’t always easy, it likes to hide behind walls and in ceilings and anywhere else where moisture can pool uninterrupted. Infrared inspections can make the process a little easier, giving you a glimpse into areas that would otherwise be difficult or costly to assess, by seeing temperature differences that could indicate moisture which leads to mold.

Carbon Monoxide
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is often produced by faulty home appliances like furnaces and boilers. It has no odor, color or taste. Oh, and did we mention that it’s deadly? Prolonged exposure to CO kills hundreds each year and sends thousands more to the emergency room. Installing a carbon monoxide detector can help you prevent exposure, but really the best way to keep yourself safe is to ensure that your home appliances are functioning properly. The best way to do that is with a home inspection.

Lead-Based Paint
Lead-based paint is not an immediate danger in the strictest sense, but the impact it can have on health, especially for children, warrants concern. Lead exposure has been shown to impede both physical and mental development in children and for adults it can have many unpleasant side-effects including nausea and stomach pain. A house that does this to your family is no home at all.

You won’t often find lead-based paint in modern homes, the risks are well documented at this point, but it is actually rather common in homes built before 1978. When buying an older home be sure to either get direct confirmation from the owner that all lead-based paint was removed or perform a home inspection yourself to check. Don’t assume that just painting over it is enough either. If it hasn’t been completely removed, you’re still at risk.

Finding Your True Home
You want a house that feels safe and protects you from danger, not a house that is a source of danger. The problem is: how do you know when you’ve found it? One way of being sure that you’re getting a house that can truly be a home for you and your family is with an independent home inspection. A home inspection from a certified inspector will tell you everything you need to know about a house and allow you to make a fully informed decision.

Please, contact us at Super Inspection Pros. today to learn more about our home inspection process or to schedule an inspection for your home. You can also find more information about our services at our website.

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