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Northwood News ♦ June 2012

The Energy Guy

Moisture Issues and Reducing Risks from Mold

By Reuven Walder

As they say, April showers bring May flowers, but it’s the flowers that bring coughing, sneezing, stuffed noses, and all sorts of other unpleasant symptoms of allergies.  Unfortunately, Spring is also a great time for mold to grow, and it’s not always obvious when an allergy problem has turned into a mold problem.

Mold, a form of fungus, does not require light to grow.  Instead, mold grows best in damp, dark places eating away at the wood in your home.  Outdoors, mold is most virulent stating from late winter going in to the peak of summer and early fall.  But indoors, mold can be a problem year round.

Here are a few ways to help combat mold in your home:

If you think mold may be an issue, always be sure to get your home tested.  You can buy mold testing kits at most hardware stores that can detect the presence of mold and tell you what kind of mold it is and if the quantity found is excessive or natural.  Make sure you address any issues before you air seal or do major renovations to your home!

[Reuven Walder is Founder/Vice President of Ecobeco LLC, 2009 Maryland Home Performance Contractor of the Year and 2010 and 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner.  He lives in the neighborhood on Lombardy Road.  Contact him at 301.802.7038 or reuven at ecobeco dot com.]   ■

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