Events that create reservoirs for microbial growth in our area:

  • Dirt crawl spaces

  • Chimney: flashing, cracking, crowning

  • Mortar compromises

  • Improper ventilation due to closed off registers and returns 

  • Downspout standpipes (Washington, DC)

  • standpipes

  • Negative grading

  • Sump pump failure

  • Damp insulation

  • HVAC condensation line issues  

  • Roof and or window leaks

  • Poorly fitted or formed flashing and cavities

  • Gutter ice damming

  • Sewage back-ups

  • Plumbing leaks (water heater, washing machine, dishwasher, hose bib)

  • Condensation from poorly insulated ductwork

  • Exhaust pipe flashing

  • Standing water

  • Exterior door area drains

  • compromised basement waterproofing 

  • Excessive amounts of books, newspapers, cardboard boxes, plants, aquariums, and people.

  • Poorly ventilated areas

 

STEP ONE
Stop all sources of moisture as soon as possible.
STEP TWO
Remove all water and wet building material within 24 hours.
STEP THREE
Treat mold with EPA registered fungicide and physically remove the mold.
STEP FOUR
Run dehumidifier(s) and HEPA air filter(s). Always maintain:
ASHRAE-55-2004 Thermal
Environmental
Conditions for
Human Occupancy
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