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Indoor Air Quality Problems: Unwanted Moisture

Posted by Michael Kamps on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 @ 04:18 PM

Unwanted Moisture Is Your Enemy:

Mold is a big concern when it comes to indoor air quality problems for homeowners in Greenville, Rockford, & Ionia Areas. In our previous blog article, we stated that there are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. Obviously, moisture or water prevention and management are critical for your home.

If you already have a mold problem – ACT QUICKLY. Mold damages what itMold Problems grows on. The longer it grows, the more damage it can cause.

If mold is a problem in your home, clean up the mold and get rid of the excess water or moisture. Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of water. Wash mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely. Absorbent materials (such as ceiling tiles & carpet) that become moldy may have to be replaced.

Suspicion Of Hidden Mold

You may suspect hidden mold if your home smells moldy, but you can't see the source, or if you know there has been water damage. Mold may be hidden in places such as the back side of dry wall, wallpaper, or paneling, the top side of ceiling tiles, the underside of carpets and pads, etc.

Other possible locations of hidden mold include areas inside walls around pipes (with leaking or condensing pipes), the surface of walls behind furniture (where condensation forms), inside ductwork, and in roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to roof leaks or insufficient insulation).

Investigating hidden mold problems Investigating hidden mold problems may be difficult and will require caution when the investigation involves disturbing potential sites of mold growth. For example, removal of wallpaper can lead to a massive release of spores if there is mold growing on the underside of the paper. If you believe that you may have a hidden mold problem, consider hiring an experienced professional.

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Tags: Mold, Odors, Indoor Air Problems, Moisture Problems