Moisture Problems and Mold

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Mold problems are most often outdoor problems. Mold spores have to enter the home and adhere to a damp surface and start to grow and as they do, they can become a very real problem. Humans can become sick or irritated when they come into contact with mold and mold spores. People who are sensitive to mold can have allergic reactions from inhaling it or touching mold. The ailments can go from a little sneezing and eye irritation, to rashes, coughs, and even asthma. Even people who are not allergic to mold can have irritation of the eyes, throat, and lungs. It is not a pleasant thing and if you are vigilant it can be controlled and gotten rid of from inside of your home.

It is vital that any leaks or wet surfaces are cleaned and dried. If the moisture content in your home is over 55% you will have a problem. A prime spot for water to leak into the home are cracks in the cellar floor, even small cracks. Sometimes this can be corrected by directing the ground outside away from your windows, which in turn keeps it from the basement. Still other causes of water in the basement can come from having no gutters on your home or the ground near the home which allows water to run toward the basement on the outside. If you have tubs or sinks in the basement any little crack around the legs is the perfect place for mold growth to start. The same goes for pipes.

Other things you can do to keep moisture out is if you have a crawl space make sure it is vented well and cover it with plastic so dampness doesn’t seep up from the ground. Using air conditioners or dehumidifiers in the warm weather will help keep humidity levels down. The air in your home holds less moisture when it is cool. That is how you get water vapor or water droplets on the inside of your windows.

Be very careful if you plan to install carpet over concrete. Sometimes it is best to put a barrier for moisture, like plastic, between the concrete floor and the carpet you are installing.

As we talk about moisture, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, etc. you must realize that different parts of the country have different climates. Problems in the Northeastern United States where it is wet and cool will certainly be different than those in the Southeastern United States where it is mainly hot and humid. Whatever the case, with careful research and planning you can get rid of your mold problem.

By: Bradley Skierkowski