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Poor Ventilation and Mold Issues Go Hand in Hand
A poorly ventilated home is susceptible to mold growth. Mold thrives in environments where warmth, darkness, moisture, and food in the form of organic matter such as wood, natural fabrics, and paper products are abundant. Many modern homes are wrapped in an envelope that allows for minimal ventilation. Poor ventilation allows moist air to remain in the house while also failing to bring in fresh, drier air from the outside. The presence of moisture increases the likelihood of a mold infestation in the home.
Causes of Mold Damage From Excessive Moisture
According to the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH), “High indoor humidity can spur mold growth. High humidity may result from poor construction or rehabilitation, site design that does not properly manage water, and/or inadequate air exchange. A reasonable target for relative humidity is from thirty to sixty percent. A low-cost hygrometer, available at hardware stores, can be used to measure relative humidity. In cool climates, inadequate ventilation in the winter can contribute to excessive moisture and humidity because normal activities create moisture (cooking, bathing, breathing), and there is insufficient natural ventilation (opening windows) or mechanical ventilation (fans, exhaust systems) to remove the moisture. In warmer climates, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can pull warmer, humid air inside. In this case, the ventilation system may help create indoor humidity problems unless the system also dehumidifies the air.”
An oversized HVAC system will cool a home very quickly but fail to run long enough to remove adequate moisture from the air, leaving the house cold yet moist. Intake vents are crucial for ensuring the attic does not become a mold farm. If soffit or eaves vents become blocked or covered, airflow through the attic can be dramatically reduced. Have a professional inspect these soffit or eave vents to make sure the vent holes are not blocked. In some cases, the soffit vents are simply cosmetic and provide no ventilation whatsoever.
Six Simple Ventilation Solutions
- Make sure that bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans vent warm, moist air outside of the home. Pushing warm moist air into the attic invites mold issues.
- Inspect soffit and eave vents for blockages.
- Have an HVAC service professional verify that the HVAC is properly sized. Take the necessary steps to remedy any humidity and moisture issues. The solution may be as simple as purchasing a small, portable home dehumidifier. If the unit is unable to maintain humidity levels between thirty and sixty percent, installing a whole-house dehumidifier may be necessary.
- If advised to do so by a qualified, reputable professional, add additional roof ventilation to improve airflow in the attic.
- Consider installing a whole-house fan that can quickly circulate fresh air from the outside into the home.
- Open a door and a few windows to let fresh air flow through the home. Put a box fan in the window to assist with circulation.
Six Signs of a Mold Infestation
When conditions are right, mold will not remain hidden for very long. Here are some signs of a mold infestation:
- A musty, earthy smell in the home or attic
- Green, black, or brown splotches on walls, ceilings, furniture, upholstery, clothing, books, papers, or boxes stored in the attic or in closets
- Irritation of the eyes, nose, mouth, throat, or skin
- Nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, brain fog
- Heightened allergic sensitivities
- Respiratory issues including asthma attacks
Solving a Mold Problem
The professionals at All Nation Restoration are trained and equipped to resolve mold issues when they arise in the home. Whether the outbreak involves a few spotty patches isolated to the bathroom or the entire attic, All Nations Restoration can tackle the problem. The experts in property damage restoration and mold mitigation in Austin, TX, can take on the entire property damage restoration project, bring it to completion, and provide the necessary documentation that work has been completed.
For more information about mold removal in Austin, TX, contact the office by phone at (512) 934-8180 or email info@AllNationRestoration.com.