Whether you are moving into a new home or apartment, one thing to check for is signs of mold. It's common practice for mold to be painted over. The problem with this is that it does not eliminate the mold, but simply covers it up for a short period of time to make it look better. The other problem with this is that it leaves dangerous mold on the walls that can lead to many health issues in the future if not removed from the home completely. Here are three signs to check for that the paint on the walls might be covering up mold:
- The Paint is Bubbled: If the paint is bubbled, chances are, it's covering something. Fresh paint doesn't bubble or chip, so it's a pretty obvious sign there's at least moisture underneath the paint that usually means mold growth since mold grows in moisture.
- Tinge in Paint: If the paint on the walls is a light color, if it's covering mold, it will have a tinge to it that's usually yellow. This is a huge sign of not only water damage but also mold growth that is either there now or will come later.
- The Walls Buldge Out: If you notice that the paint is fresh, but the walls are bulging out from the rest of the wall surface, it usually means that there has been excessive water damage. Chances are, this wall will need to be completely renovated to remove the damaged framework underneath.
Any of these three signs not only mean that mold is probably being covered up, but that there has been water damage that has not been addressed. If you are buying the house, it can be a huge project you need to take on, so be sure to have it inspected first and make negotiations on the price of the home to cover the costs of the repairs that are going to be needed. If it's an apartment, either pass it up or have them make the repairs before you move in.
Keep in mind that the mold will need to be removed and you will need to hire a mold testing company. Otherwise, the mold is just being stored and will become worse. While it might be easy to cover up, it's not good for your health of your home. If this is a problem that you had in an apartment and professional repairs were not done, but instead, they claimed it was fixed by painting it over, you should take legal action. It's not healthy to stay on the premise if the mold was not removed.