Indications that you could have a mildew problem:
If you have got a mildew predicament, you’ll probably smell it. Any earthy or musty odour is perhaps a sign that mildew is growing somewhere within the building. Often, you’ll see discoloured smudges and/or blotches that appear like mildew and generally you will see the exact mildew.
In some cases, indoor mildew growth might not be obvious. it’s possible that mildew is also growing on hidden surfaces, in most cases you will find growth on the backside of dry masonry, wallpaper, or panelling, the highest of ceiling tiles, the under surface of carpets and pads, etc. Other locations of hidden mildew will be utility tunnels and pipe chases (with broken or compressing pipes), walls behind furnishings (where condensation forms), porous acoustic or thermal liners within ductwork, or on the roof materials on top of ceiling tiles (due to depleted insulation or roof leaks), or condensate drain pans within air handling units.
Some building materials for example dry walls that are covered with vinyl wallpaper or wood panelling, could act as vapour barriers and trap moisture beneath their surfaces and thereby providing a dampish atmosphere where mildew will grow. You will suspect hidden mildew if a building smells stale, however you cannot see the source, or if you recognize there has been water damage and occupants of the building report various respiratory health issues. Checking for hidden mildew issues is also tough and needs caution where the investigation involves potential sites of heavy mildew growth.
For example, removal of wallpaper will cause a vast unleash of spores from mildew growing on the under surface of the paper. If you discover hidden mildew, you must revise your plan for rectification to account for the whole space covered by mildew growth.
You should be troubled regarding the expansion of mildew if your home has had:
- condensation on windows
- leaking roof
- leaking pipe
- leaking windows
- malfunctioning appliances
- overflowing rest room
- sewer back-up
- any different serious water-related issues.
Some of these aforementioned things may end up with growth of bacterium, that can also cause musty odours and health issues.
Once materials become wet, mildew will begin to grow inside twenty four to forty eight hours. If your home experiences a problem that is water-related, clean and then completely dry any wet or damp areas immediately you discover them. If you reside in your personal property, forthwith report water issues to your insurer.