Moisture Issues & Fungus – How to tell if you have issue. Homeowners should have a concern with moisture issues that may be occurring in their home. These issues can cause major problems with possible structural damage and even possible health concerns.
Common moisture issues
Moisture issues could be attributed to water leaks in the roof structure, leaking water pipes or toilets, water and moisture accumulating in basements or crawl spaces or even condensation on walls, windows and bathrooms. Moisture concerns are directly related to fungal growth within the structure.
Recognizing moisture development
Developing moisture problems in the living areas of the house may show up as water stains on sheetrock or floors. These problems could be attributed to leaks in water lines, roof leaks or leaks around toilets.
Darker stains may develop that are fungi and mildew growing on the wall or floor material. These growths may also show up in heavy humidity areas like bathrooms and kitchens causing condensation on walls. To add, these fungi may cause some health concerns like allergic sinus reactions.
Common moisture development concerns
Major moisture concerns that homeowners may not be aware of may develop in crawl spaces under houses. This is an area that the homeowner may never enter. Leaking plumbing, ground water from the exterior, moisture coming up from soil and ever sewage leaks can cause major problems in crawl spaces. In addition, excess moisture will be absorbed by the wood framing. When wood moisture is 18-22% surface fungus will grow. When wood moisture grows over 22% wood decay fungus will begin to consume the wood and will cause damage.
It is fairly easy to recognize moisture concerns in the living areas of your home but what about the areas you never enter. Areas like crawls spaces where the homeowner or others may never enter for years moisture problems and decay damage can run rampant.
Key moisture and fungal concerns in homes
- Decay fungus causes more damage to homes than termites.
- Water stains on walls may also be an indication of decay fungus growing in the wall.
- Crawl space areas require a regular inspection.
Visual indications of moisture
First of all, water stains on walls and floors will be a visual indication of potential fungus, mildew or even decay growing in the area. A visual indication of possible moisture concerns in the crawl space may be buckling wood floors. A mildew like odor may also be an indication of fungal growth in the living area or under the home. Furthermore, some individuals may have some additional allergic reactions like sneezing and sinusitis that may indicate a fungal presence.
Finally, areas of water stains in the living areas will need to be investigated by professional plumbers or roof contractors. As a result, crawl spaces first need to be inspected by pest management professionals trained in moisture management and wood destroying organisms. They can determine the presence of decay fungus, termites, moisture conditions and help the homeowners determine the best course of action. Above all, U.S. Pest Protection has the best trained professionals in the industry for moisture control!
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