Remediating Mold: A Clip-Out Checklist for Building Professionals

July/August 2002
A version of this article appears in the July/August 2002 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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July 01, 2002
        Diagnosing and remedying mold and moisture problems requires good detective skills, proper safety precautions, and a working knowledge of the best practices for mold cleanup and building rehabilitation. Before you address any extensive mold problem, it’s important to get qualified training and to understand all the factors that may lead to moisture damage. This checklist highlights some of the basics of mold remediation. Key Causes of Mold and Moisture Problems Plumbing leaks Roof leaks, often caused by ice dams Damp basements and crawlspaces Inadequate or blocked gutters and spouting Gaps in window and door flashing Poorly designed or constructed walls (for example, wrong placement of vapor barriers, poor insulation, no drainage planes, air channels) Other flaws in rain management systems Failure to use, or inadequate, kitchen and bathroom vents Unvented, or blocked vents, for heaters and other combustion appliances Leaky or uninsulated ducts Excessive use of humidifiers Investigating a Suspected Mold Problem Wear a mask (HEPA filter if you suspect there’s a major problem) and goggles. Put on gloves and protective clothing, if necessary. Interview the residents about any health problems and leaks. Assess the extent of the contamination and ...

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