Help For The Mold and Chemically Sensitive
When you are sensitive to indoor contaminants such as mold, VOCs, and particulate matter, choosing a home requires extra care and discernment. You will need to take into consideration features that increase the risk of mold growth and indoor air contaminants. We’ve compiled the most important factors in a home that need to be avoided, that can be managed, and that you should look for as someone with envirnomental sensitivities. Take a minute to understand what you can do to protect your health as you navigate home buying.
Home Features the Environmentally Sensitive Need to Avoid
Mold sensitive patients, and those who want to minimize problems with home ownership should avoid the following:
|Dirt floor crawlspace||Landscape that slopes toward the house|
|Flat roofs||Visible water damage|
|Evaporative (swamp) coolers||Stucco with cracks|
Home Features the Environmentally Sensitive Can Manage
With some routine care and maintenance the following, while less desirable for mold sensitive patients, can be kept to a standard to prevent the risk of mold.
|Carpeting||Poorly maintained HVAC|
|Any level that is sub-grade (e.g. – full basements, walk-out basements, semi-underground levels)||Reclaimed building materials inside the home|
|Poorly maintained roof||
High humidity inside
|Odors (musty, urine-like, fragrances, paint, stain, vinyl)
Features To Look For
Home Features the Environmentally Sensitive Can Thrive In
Now that we’ve ruled out features that are prone to mold problems, you may ask yourself what should I look for in a home? Here are some building features that will reduce the risk of poor air quality.
|Properly sloped and well maintained roof||Properly maintained HVAC with fresh air intake or Energy Recovery Ventillator (ERV)|
|Hard flooring throughout the home||Clean mold report|
|Home built on a slab|
Test… before making yourself at home
If you suspect your potential home may have evidence of mold, ask if you can use the ImmunoLytics mold test kit to test the home. Inform them that it will take just an hour and you’ll even share with them the results if they would like. It will cost very little relative to the price of a home, and you’ll know if your new place is a no-go or to proceed in just a few days.
Mold in your environment can pose a significant health risk.
Keep these tips in mind as you navigate the complex process of home buying and the impacts it may have on your environmental sensitivities. This list may narrow your options but it’ll be worth the costs and health problems you could avoid.