With Black Mold being a very big health issue, it is important to address this problem as a preventative issue rather than reactionary, because mold cleanup can be very costly and can affect our family health. This is especially true of young infants, children, the elderly and anyone with lung problems such as asthma or emphysema or allergies. Black mold outgases VOC's which are Volatile Organic Compounds and this greatly compromises our indoor air quality.
To make matters worse, many insurance companies are denying claims related to black mold and black mold cleanup because of the frequency and cost of such cleanup.
Things You Will NeedMoisture Sensor
Various Repair Tools
Refer to my articles on How to Determine if I Need to Waterproof a Basement and How to Cure a Damp Basement.
If you have condensation on you basement or crawl space walls, this can mean there is too much humidity in the living space. You also should consider adding insualtion to your basement walls. This can be placed on the exterior of the wall during new construction and or the interior after construction is complete.
A greater problem is the formation of ice dams for those of us in the cold weather states. If you have any formation of ice cycles on your roof, this is an indication of inadequate attic ventilaion or a blocked pathway for air to properly ventilate your roof. This can cause ice dams, which backup melting snow on your roof under the shingles and it eventually saturates your roof/ceiling areas and the exterior cavities of the outside walls.
Another common roof leak culprit is a leaky chimney. This can be from faulty flashing from the roof into he chimney to a cracked chimney cap. Repair flashings, waterproof masonry with a liquid penetrating sealer and replace or put a metal cap on that cracked chimney cap.
Step 6Ventilation can be a key factor to reducing moisture within a home. It is best to keep air pressure within the home slightly higher than outside the home. This is referred to as positive air pressure. If you have a negative air pressure this will force moisture and pollutants back into the living spaces. Care should be taken not to provide too much positive air pressure as this can cause moisture to be forced into structural and wall cavities, compounding the moisture problem. Adjust the supply air to be slightly greater than the exhaust air.
Step 7Properly vent all combustion appliances directly outdoors. This can include space heaters, ranges, ovens, stoves, furnaces, fireplaces, water heaters and dryers. Also make sure all high moisture areas in your house such as laundry rooms and bathrooms have proper ventilation fans installed and are vented properly.
Black mold can be frightening when first detected. By utilizing these tips to minimize excess humidity in your home and keeping ahead of leaks, you will be able to keep this unwelcome visitor out of your home.
Tips & WarningsIf you suspect high humidity in your house, consider buying a good hydrometer or moisture meter.
Also consider purchase of a good quality dehumidifier for moisture laden areas of your home.