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A Special Checklist For Condensation, Mold & Mildew

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Mold and mildew in residential homes is not new and most probably the very first new home had its share of such problems. Some new homes, based on climactic conditions and living conditions, have had similar problems ever since.

Mold grows on damp or wet surfaces. Left untreated, mold spores can become airborn. Spores are like seed when they settle on vulnerable surfaces and they can consume organic material since they are a part of our ecological system that helps to recycle organic material. Based on the foregoing, moisture is the problem. So, the new home buyer needs to aware that early detection of moisture is essential to the resolution of the problem. Musty air in the home is a warning sign. In this age of mechanical wonders, most new homes provide some form of air conditioning. Home owners need to be aware that, under the right conditions, some condensing water could appear on walls, windows or the air conditioning vents. In such cases, one must clean and dry these areas and increase the ventilation in the home. Obtain a dehumidifier for any area with continual dampness such as an un-air-conditioned basement.

Mold can be prevented in areas where water has been spilled or if a leak occurs . In such cases, water could get behind the wall and mold growth could occur. Look for discolored areas (usually black) or mold on surfaces. Such areas can also be caused by problems such as leaky pipes under sinks, windows left open for rain to come in, water leakage through uncaulked windows, leaky roofs, etc.

Uncontrolled mold can even be a health hazard. Consult your personal physician or a local government health authority for guidance if there is any concern for health. Proper maintenance of your home will go a long way toward eliminating or keeping moisture and humidity to a minimum. Use of some or all of the items below will help to eliminate major problems with mold.

- Have your air conditioning system serviced by a recognized professional company at least annually. Ask for advice from an air conditioning specialist if you are unsure about proper usage of your air conditioner.

- When outside whether is warm with low humidity, open windows to allow air circulation through the house.

- Increase circulation of heated air.

- Run the air conditioner during humid months of the year.

- Obtain a dehumidifier for any damp areas of the home. Some examples are steamy bathrooms, basement, indoor pool area, or attached greenhouse.

- Repair any water leaks quickly.

Take measures to keep water away from the foundation. There are many other ways to care for particular situations but the best of all is to use common sense. The objective is to keep your home dry and free from leaks or water intrusion and excessive condensation.


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