Vapor Barriers & Mold Remediation

Eye irritation, wheezing, nasal congestion, respiratory infections and even skin irritations are just a few of the health complications that can arise when mold is present.

What is a vapor barrier?

There are a few types or applications for vapor barriers. First, there are vapor barriers placed inside walls when a house is constructed or being renovated. The other applications are inside your attic, under your roof, or between the foundation or ground floor of the house and the cavity beneath. Basements and crawlspaces are notorious for accumulating moisture and condensating under the floor framing.

Why do I need one?

If you’re not a fan of costly renovations or mold, fungus or rot; vapor barriers are the route to go. Your house or place of business is an investment, and without applying a vapor barrier you may end up with costly repairs. Vapor barriers and house wraps are key to controlling the moisture and airflow levels in your home. Without them your framework, insulation, drywall, and flooring are all susceptible to moisture damage.

What happens if I don’t have a vapor barrier?

In basements and crawl spaces in particular, water or ground moisture can come up from the ground and create dampness. Even in a basement with a concrete floor, this moisture accumulation can be found. The moisture builds up in the air, eventually condensing onto the upper surface. Similar to when you put a warm leftover container in the refrigerator, and open it to find a large amount of water on the top lid inside. When this condensation stays on the floor framing or underside of unprotected wooden floors it begins filling the wood with the excess moisture. This moisture can warp it’s host, and with bacteria present in the air begin to grow mold spores or fungi.

Over time, any untreated moisture problems can affect the structural beams of the floors. Untreated mold can also lead to an array of health problems. Eye irritation, wheezing, nasal congestion, respiratory infections and even skin irritations are just a few of the health complications that can arise when mold is present. Asthma attacks, difficulty breathing, and even serious infections in the lungs are also possible with untreated mold problems.

I think I have mold in my house, what do I do next?

First, reach out to Vents Plus. We will come out to your house and do an examination from top to bottom, including your home’s air flow system. Once we have located the compromised area we will give you an outline of what we believe will be the most effective mold remediation solution.

What is mold remediation?

Mold remediation is a process that focuses on lowering mold levels back to normal levels. If there’s a large infestation that is unable to be remediated, we may recommend removing the infested area. The source of the problem needs to be identified first. If there’s a leaking pipe, hole in the basement, etc. Without solving what the source of the problem is, remediation is futile. Once the source has been found and fixed, remediation can begin.

The steps after that are isolating the contaminated area. Closing all the doors and making sure the contaminated area is sealed off from the rest of the house along with disconnecting the affected area from the central heating and cooling if applicable. If mold has grown on any duct work, this will need to be removed and replaced. Then begins a treatment of high grade and safe chemicals that render any remaining mold inert, followed by using industrial blowers or dehumidifiers to keep moisture levels low. Once all of the affected areas have been re mediated, we will do a visibility test, and ensure that the mold has been successfully rendered inert.

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