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Mold Growth in Homes under Wet Conditions

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Interior environments of homes can be insulted by water events in a variety of ways. The most common include roof or exterior wall rain water penetration. Another common source of water includes water and waste water plumbing leaks.

Roof leaks are often associated with penetrations through the roof. This includes chimneys and associated flashing, vent pipes and gutters. Exterior wall defects leading to water entry are numerous. Windows, doors, exterior siding, and brick defects are often found to be the source. Both types of leaks may be hard to find and identify.

Anytime water staining is observed on the interior surface, it should be investigated immediately.

Examples of moisture intrusion
Flooding causing mold

A flooding event wet the back paper of sheetrock allowing mold growth

Multiple types of mold are observed to grow on the paper

Many are dark in color and require near saturated conditions

Cladosporium growth

Soaking water events establish an environment for dark molds to grow

Remediation requires demolition of all contaminated surfaces

Black mold

Ceiling of a shower insulted by a pipe leak fostering mold growth

Dark molds require very wet conditions to grow

No growth where dry

A roof chimney water leak can create black mold growth areas

Note the efflorescence coming through the brick joints

Traditional Black Mold

Stachybotrys is only one of the whole class of 'black' molds

This particular black mold is hard to find during an investigation

It likes to hide in dark, wet and inaccessible areas

Self Help Recommendations

To identify possible moisture intrusion around your home, carefully inspect the perimeter of your foundation. Look for areas where the earth ground looks to have settled next to the foundation. Landscaping by planting trees and bushes next to the house usually results in a loose and permeable soil.  Overtime this loose soil will settle resulting a downward slope towards the house.This allows rain water runoff to saturate the soil hence the foundation.

For detailed consultation on your particular moisture intrusion challenges, please call Dr. Kraemer at 770.321.6653
By |2017-04-05T20:28:56+00:00April 5th, 2017|Building Defects, Construction, Mold|