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Ice Dams and roof leaks

Ice Dams and roof leaks from this winter weather are setting new records.

Five steps to minimize the damage from  Mold.

roof-ice-dam

1. locate the source of intrusion from the ice dam.

if it’s from ice hire a company to remove it safely.

2. After the leaking has stopped. Dry it out as soon

as possible. mold can start after 24 to 48 hours.

3. If you are concerned about mold, we can measure

the wetness with thermal imaging and moisture meters.

4. wet materials, especial fiberglass insulation should be removed.

5. Have a quality mold inspection done

“HOW CAN I TELL IF I HAVE A MOLD PROBLEM DEVELOPING?”

Here are some tips to identify potential problems:

–  Check your attic for visual mold. Use a good flashlight and be sure to look in joints, corners and undisturbed areas where spores may settle first.  Look for areas of inside moisture/wetness. And check for notable areas of ‘leakage’ [such as ducting, light fixtures, etc.] – a major source of warmth or condensation in the attic space is from kitchens and bathroom that are not vented effectively and attics that are not effectively insulated from the living space below.

As a follow up check your basement space as well – often if there is significant water intrusion it will work it’s way [inside walls, etc.] down to the basement.  There are also external concerns: excess water flow from the roof or down spouts can create similar issues at ground level that can cause water intrusion through the foundation.

– Keep your eyes open for visible stains on finished surfaces of the walls and ceiling.  For example: new or bigger wetness stains in a ceiling can indicate water / moisture accumulation.

–  Keep an eye on air moisture or high relative humidity. Humidity over 55% will support mold growth. It should be noted that even though low relative humidity [45% and lower] may not support growth but that does not mean a lack of mold presence. Remember – an area with ongoing wetness may simply be waiting for seasonal warmth to ‘kick in’…

– Odors. Smelling new or unusual musty or moldy odors especially when you can’t pinpoint the source is an indicator that you may have a problem [possibly something even inside a wall cavity.].

– [perhaps most importantly] Keep an eye on your ‘health’ and the health of your family members!  If someone in the household appears to have allergies, a ‘cold that won’t go away’ or similar ‘symptoms’ this may be an indication of a non-visible mold condition.  In other words: there could be mold, it is just hidden from view, or low relative humidity is arresting it in a dry particulate state [airborne spores].

“I THINK I HAVE A PROBLEM – HOW CAN I KNOW FOR SURE?”

There are a number of ways to inspect or test for mold. When you are in the position of reaching out to a testing professional consider the following:

Consider the severity of the problem.  This may determine what kind of professional you reach out to.  For instance: In general, an independent air quality/mold inspector is preferred.  They will be non-biased, impartial, not there to “upsell” any services. On the other hand, if you know you have water damage problem, and you think you may have mold, contacting a remediation company that also offers testing may be preferred.

When health is a potentially affected, or there are conditions that are non-visible to the occupants, then we recommend a complete indoor air quality inspection.  This will help determine if there are conditions or airborne substances to be concerned about, identify the sources of substances detected, and offer guidance on how to proceed to correct those conditions. In some cases moisture detections meters and thermal imaging may be implemented. This approach provides a complete picture of your homes air quality environment!

 

If you have any questions on this or other air quality related topics please reach out to us info@homeairfacts.com. We’re happy to help!