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Old 11-07-2007, 09:24 PM   #16
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Test both the walls and the floors with a simple, tried and true method.
Duct tape the edges of a sheet of plastic wrap to the floor and any suspicious wall areas preferably before it rains. Let sit for about 36 hours. Notice if there is condensation.
If so; make a point of extending your downspouts at least ten feet away from the house.
Add more dirt around the perimeter of the house, preferably to create a slope away from the foundation.
Check that window wells are able to repel rain and caulked along the sides.

Look for Molds & Mildew
. Mold is the #1 concern in the new home construction industry and the old home remodeling. It comes in many forms and colors and attaches itself to surfaces like carpets, rotting lumber, latex painted walls, old curtains/drapes and especially dark & damp places. The airborne spores are typically invisible and remarkably harmfull as well. Use a shop vac when ever possible instead of sweeping up the dust. Then remove and dispose of the vac filters out doors using a seperate plastic bag to contain it.
The Black mold is the worst of the toxic fungis.
Wear a good quality mask and goggels and gloves before dealing with this seriously problematic s__t!
It has been linked to many forms of personality disorders, asthma, mood- swings, depression, and even some forms of cancer. Need I say more?
Mold is the #1 issue pertaining to new home construction and old home remodeling. law suits are cropping up due to neglectful consideration of proper ventilation in the new homes. Which are typically too air tight.
In a nutshell, the emphasis has been on conserving energy while overlooking fresh air recirculation throughout the home.

Here is how we deal with this "stuff", once you have taken the recomended steps to reroute the water on the outside. If the steps have not made much of a difference in the water seeping indoors, you will need to consider either digging a french drain along the exterior and rerouting to a catch basin or have a basement baseboard waterproofing/drainage system installed.
Otherwise, you can continue eradicating molds by the following:
Wash and or scrub any suspicious wall(s) with a mixture of 1 part chlorine bleach to 4 parts water. Mop up the remaining watery mess on the floor.
Let this solution dry on the wall without rinsing.
Repeat the same to the floor if it is also showing signs of mold and mildew.
Once this has thoroughly dried, you need to seal the cement, block or limestone walls with a quality waterproofing sealer. Limestone walls need a portland cement based product that has a hydrolic based mixture.
Cement and block walls can use a similar based product available in a latex or oil based formula. One such brand is Zinssers "WaterTite", works well.
I am partial to waterbased sealers because they can "breathe", allowing the moisture to air out.
Now, you can rest assured that you have minimized mold, rot and decay behind the walls and under your finished floor. If you are planning on carpeting the floors and are worried about the occasional hydrostatic pressure from a long term downpour, consider using an elevated flooring system that is available in 2' strandboard square sheets. One name brand is "Dryfloor". Sold in Home D or lowes. About $5.00 per sheet. Keeps the floor warmer and helps cushion it too.
A general rule of thumb is that all suraces that come in contact with cement need to be treated or of a water resitant material.
One other note is that you can also use masonry nails into the cement or block walls for the studs, sinking them into the mortared joints. It is also a good idea to lay down a bead of "PL" polyurethane adhesive before nailing or screwing with "Tapcons", if the power nailer is not optimal.
Lastly, for those of you who are concerned that you may have symptoms of the aforementioned mold related problems, I sincerely & highly recommend a thorough detoxification like the "Master Cleanse",
by Stanley Burroughs. I have recently completed the ten day program with phenomonal results.

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...Otherwise, you can continue eradicating molds by the following:
Wash and or scrub any suspicious wall(s) with a mixture of 1 part chlorine bleach to 4 parts water. Mop up the remaining watery mess on the floor.
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Actually, the Chlorine Bleach & water mix only kill mold spores on non-porous surfaces. For porous surfaces (like wood framing, etc), you will need an actual Fungicide to kill the mold spores. This is a common misunderstanding.

Examples:

1.) CHLORINE BLEACH IS INEFFECTIVE IN KILLING MOLD FOR THESE REASONS: ....
- http://www.moldacrossamerica.org/notobleach.htm

2.) "Do not use ineffective chlorine bleach to try to kill mold growth and mold spores.
Bleach is too weak even when freshly manufactured to kill mold.
Bleach that sits on store shelves and in your home continually gets ever weaker over the passage of time. In addition, read the manufacturer’s usage directions on the bleach container. The manufacturer does not recommend its use to kill mold. Bleach is NOT an EPA-registered fungicide.
If you want effective mold kill, use EPA-registered mold fungicide." -http://www.mold-info.net/mold-mistakes.html

3.) 6. USING CHLORINE BLEACH TO KILL MOLD. Do not use ineffective chlorine bleach to try to kill mold growth and mold spores. Bleach is too weak even when freshly manufactured to kill mold. Bleach that sits on store shelves and in your home continually gets ever weaker over the passage of time. In addition, read the manufacturer’s usage directions on the bleach container. The manufacturer does not recommend its use to kill mold. Bleach is NOT an EPA-registered fungicide. - http://enviro-inspect.com/_wsn/page4.html
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Thanks Atlantic, I appreciate knowing the proper chemicals for the mold.

By the way,fatigue and lack of concentration, are some of the other common symptoms that you will encounter after a certain amount of exposure to molds.
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Thanks Atlantic, I appreciate knowing the proper chemicals for the mold.

By the way,fatigue and lack of concentration, are some of the other common symptoms that you will encounter after a certain amount of exposure to molds.
I get that when my wife talks to me...

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