Home Inspector Huntley IL Finds Solution For Mold Problem

Posted on: May 12, 2010 by in Blog, Home Inspection
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Mold is a part of the natural environment. Outdoors, mold plays an important part in nature by aiding in the breakdown of dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Mold reproduces by means of tiny spores; the spores are not visible to the naked eye and float in the air both outdoors and indoors. Mold growth begins indoors when mold spores land on wet surfaces. There are many types of mold, and none of them can grow without water or moisture.

It is virtually impossible to get rid of all molds and mold spores indoors. Mold spores can be found floating in the air and in house dust. Without moisture, the mold spores are unable to grow. In order to control indoor mold growth, you must control indoor moisture. If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the moisture problem. If you clean up the mold, but don’t fix the moisture problem, most likely, the mold will come back.

Moisture in your home can come from many sources. Water can enter your home by leaking or seeping through basement floors, foundation walls, roofs, improperly installed windows & doors, or from a faulty sump pump. Everyday activities such as taking showers and cooking can add significant amounts of moisture to the air in your home. This moisture can encourage biological pollutants to grow.

Proper attic ventilation reduces chances of mold.

Here are a few tips to help control moisture, which in turn reduces the possibilities of mold growth.

  • Repair any areas that allow water to enter the home. Roofs, foundations, windows & doors
  • Maintain sump pump in working condition
  • Provide adequate ventilation in the attic (soffit vents, ridge vents, etc.)
  • Install ventilation fans in bathrooms and kitchens which vent to the exterior. DO NOT vent into attic space
  • Ensure clothes dryer vents to exterior
  • This is a general list of moisture prevention. There may be more specific actions you may need to take in your particular case. A thorough inspection can aid in pinpointing these areas along with answering any other questions you have about your home.

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