Questions before buying a home involving crawlspace, roof, outbuilding, and mold
Hi, I am chris, I live in the hot and humid southern Il. Trying to get my self In to a home, but need to find out how to keep my family safe. TBH I am scared of all that I have learned about this area and how it wrecks the attics and crawl spaces with mold, rot, and fungi.
Thanks to many articles, input from people on this site, and my home inspector I have learned a great deal of info about homes I never knew. So much in fact it is making picking a home hard. I am at the point of making an offer yet again, but trying to figure out what i’m getting my self into.
Martin Holladay, You have helped me a lot does me becoming an GBA prime help you at all? If not is there any way to buy you a beer, coffee, dinner?
Lets get to it:
The home is 980~ sq foot 2 bed room looks nice built 1975. Has small old single pane wood windows need re glazed, but no rot or paint.
Has an out building 16×24 on an concert pad that is partially finished (dry wall on ceiling and walls). The out build had a roof leak, can see where they patched the roof, has ceiling damage and a strong musty mildew smell. The walls look fine even at the cement floor. Based on some work I have seen I’m not sure if codes where followed when out build and carport was made.
On this outbuilding:
Is there a way to check if the concrete has foam or plastic under it before I make an offer?
Is there away to check if the sill plate has its gasket or is made of pressure treated wood? siding and drywall are hiding it.
It one room to small, I can make do for now using living room until I get an add on or fix the out building.
Mold issue in attic: ( I got up there to see)
It has been disclosed the home has had mold issues in the attic. It is a small space (maybe 4-5ft high max) 36’x24′. based on google maps (2013) it only had gable vents. The mold company said mold was due to inadequate roof ventilation.
Now near the ridge there is 4 vents installed. the ones that give ~50 square inch of air each, but there is no soffit vents, and the bathroom is still vented in the attic :(. From my understanding this is not enough free moving air. It has been treated I see the antimicrobial on everything. Only mold I see looks to be in one spot due to ice damming.
Crawspace and Roof:
Based on The humid climate 62812. I am not sure What I need to do to address the roof and crawlspace. Crawlspace encapsulation Vs Ventilation with vapor barrier. Roof add more ventilation or encapsulation. I know this has two sides, I am just trying to see how much I will need to spend to protect my family and investment.
Since there was mold/ is mold after this is fixed should the HVAC ducts be cleaned or replaced? The HVAC system ac is new as of 2014 but duct are old untouched.
This is the nicest looking home I have found in my price range that meets all but bedroom requirements. Its cheaper as its 2 bed rooms. It will leave extra money to work with each month.
If I do go with this one, any tips on things I should have done before I get my kids in there, outside of of fixing the mold? like HVAC duct cleaning, air testing, etc.. I do plan on pulling the wall out very quickly for rock wool insulation, They are paneling when I knocked it sounded hollow, so I think no drywall/plaster.
Thanks, Please advise.
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