Much like shopping for a new car as opposed to a used one, many people prefer to shop for older homes because they do not wish to inherit anybody else’s old problems. They believe that by purchasing new, that everything will be just so and any problems encountered will be brand new ones, not old issues that weren’t properly addressed the first time.
The problem with this way of thinking is that it is, well, wrong. Just like a new car may come fresh from the factory with any number of mechanical issues already in play, so can a new home provide problems from day one. The most common of these issues is water and flood damage and the subsequent problems that are related to it.
Water damage, and subsequently mold damage, are perfectly capable of occurring in even the newest, and highest priced home constructs. In many ways it is even easier for that to happen now than in years past. Advances and improvements in home construction techniques mean that newer homes are more tightly sealed than their predecessors, meaning that any water or moisture that is trapped in the home is not likely to dry up any time soon. We all know that water left standing for longer than a couple of days is going to become the catalyst for mold to enter the home.
So how to avoid this problem? Simple, be just as diligent in checking a new home for signs of water damage as you would an older home. Look for signs of water stains, discoloration, swelling, as well as musty odors and damp smells that are clear indicators of the presence of water. Drywall will often swell up and flooring may warp if water is present. If you aren’t sure what to do, contact a professional like DryMeOut.com to come and check the house out, since they know all of the hidden places to look for water damage and mold.
Rule One: never assume. Just because a home is new does not mean that you are immune from water problems.
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