Category: Mold & Mildew

Mold, Moisture, and Your Home: What Inspectors Look For

home inspector doing inspection on new home

Mold is a hidden menace that can silently thrive in homes, posing serious health risks and causing structural damage. Home inspectors play a crucial role in identifying potential mold issues and the moisture problems that enable their growth. Visual Signs of Mold: Home inspectors begin by looking for visible signs of mold. This can include… Read more »

Hidden Hazards: Identifying Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint in Older Homes

Asbestos in Old Home

When you’re in the market for an older home, you’re not just buying a piece of history; you’re also inheriting its charm, character, and sometimes, its hidden hazards. Two of the most prevalent and potentially dangerous hazards in older homes are asbestos and lead-based paint. Asbestos: The Silent Threat Asbestos was once celebrated for its… Read more »

Benefits of a Home Inspection in the Summer

Worker inspecting AC

If you are a potential homeowner that is having a home inspected this summer, you can rest easy knowing you’re in  the best position. Having a home inspected during the summer allows for a home inspection expert to see if there are any issues that may have been hidden during the colder months. Whatever you… Read more »

Keep an Eye out for These Common Issues in Old Homes

Although there are no hard and fast rules for what constitutes an older home, those built before 1920 fall in the antique category. Since Chicago became a city in the mid-1800s, there is a substantial inventory of older homes in the city and surrounding suburbs. As such, it’s not uncommon for prospective buyers to find… Read more »

Common Problems Caused By Poor Roof Ventilation

First Choice Inspectors see a lot of roofs in Chicago and Aurora, Illinois. As inspectors, they look for common problems caused by poor roof ventilation. So, what do they look for? How is the Attic? Inspectors often look at an attic to figure out how the roof ventilation of a house is working well… or… Read more »

Health Risks Associated With Household Mold

If you have mold in your home, especially certain types of black mold, it’s important to have it removed as soon as possible to avoid potential adverse health effects. Mold can grow on walls, in carpeting, inside of insulation and on floors that have been exposed to moisture. A mold colony can start to grow… Read more »

Mold Can Be More Prominent in the Winter Months

Mold Buildup

The winter months can bring up and down temperatures from freezing to mild. Most homeowners understand that when moisture gets into the home, it can cause mold and mildew to grow, especially in places of the home where it is constantly damp. Basements, attics, and some windowsills can obtain mold to the moisture that builds… Read more »