If you are noticing mold or mildew odors in your home, it is possible that you have a hidden mold problem. Molds often emit musty or other unpleasant odors. The presence of a musty, moldy odor does not mean that you definitely have a mold problem, but this type of odor is often an early indicator of a hidden mold problem. Don’t wait to get it checked out.
Hidden and undetected plumbing leaks often lead to extensive water damage and mold. We are experts at locating hidden plumbing leaks. Some plumbing leaks are obvious while others are not. Our moisture detection equipment helps locate and pinpoint moisture issues and hidden leaks. Act quickly whenever you discover a plumbing leak. According to the US EPA, mold can grow in 24-48 hours if building materials are not dried out quickly and properly.
Damaged, worn, or improperly installed roofs, roof flashing, chimney caps, rain gutters, and plumbing vent stacks can lead to roof leaks, which can lead to indoor mold growth and water damage.
Soils and landscaping should slope away from a structure. Improper grading causes water to run towards the foundation and walls. The water from rain and irrigation sprinklers can invade the home and cause mold growth and water damage. Also, improper, failing, or missing rain gutter systems often cause water intrusion issues in residences and commercial buildings and are the cause of many indoor mold growth problems.
Dampness, excess humidity, and condensation from the foundation can be attributed to leaks in plumbing, grading or drainage issues, improper construction, missing or improper vapor barriers, poor crawlspace ventilation, support beams and wood piers touching soil, and foundation cracks and settling. These issues can cause water damage and force water to enter the building envelope and intrude into walls and under flooring causing mold growth.
Showers and tubs must be well sealed to prevent water from getting into surrounding walls and underneath. Failing or poor caulking or grout and improper construction of shower pans and tub enclosures are common causes of water intrusion and mold growth. Moisture in the surrounding building materials can lead to mold growth in your bathroom and adjacent walls.
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