Moldy Odors & Roof Leaks and Mold and Mildew

Mold Odor Roof Leaks Mold in Houston

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Mold-Mildew Odors, Roof Leaks & other Common Mold Causes

Molds need moisture to grow. Water leads to mold. If you are experiencing any of the following problems, including mold or mildew odor, call Mold Inspection Sciences about a mold inspection for your property:

Houston Mold or Mildew Odor

Molds often emit musty or other strange and unpleasant odors. If you are noticing mold or mildew odors in your home, it is possible that you have a hidden mold problem. 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 issue. Don’t wait to get it checked out.

Definition of “Mildew”: MOLD!

Plumbing Leaks

Some plumbing leaks are obvious while others are not. Hidden and undetected plumbing leaks often lead to extensive water damage and mold. We are experts at locating hidden plumbing leaks. Our moisture detection equipment helps locate and pinpoint moisture issues and hidden leaks. Act quickly whenever you discover a plumbing leak. The US EPA states that mold can grow in 24-48 hours if building materials are not dried out quickly and properly. Go to this EPA link for more information:

Roof Leaks

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.

Grading and Drainage Issues

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 source cause of many indoor mold growth problems.

Foundation Leaks, Vapor Drive, or Crawl Space Ventilation

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.

Misaligned Sprinklers and Sprinkler System Leaks

Are your sprinklers spraying the side of your home, on your windows, or on your foundation? This condition can cause water damage and force water to enter the building envelope and intrude into walls and under flooring causing mold growth.

Failing or Poor Caulking or Grout in Showers and Around Tubs

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.

Here are some other links to relative information from the US EPA:

A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home



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