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Which should come first to begin curing Mold problem?


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06-15-07, 11:31 AM   #1  
Which should come first to begin curing Mold problem?

We have a small beach cottage, built in 1950, Post and Pier foundation. The main problem now is that we need to resolve indoor mold issues ASAP due to allergies in our family.

House is basic stick construction of that time in Washington State. It has few opening windows, most being the remove and replace with screen type for airing out during the warmer months. Siding is cedar for the most part with latex paint. Not sure what, if anything is under the siding yet, however, we had planned on redoing the siding, and using Tyvek or similar when adding Vinyl siding in the very near future. There is visqueen (sp) under the house, though the crawl space is minimal, and we do need to rework the foundation, and raise the house. One more thing, we have removed the layers (6) of carpet over linoleum in both the bedrooms and there is only the sub-floor there, no barrier otherwise. One small hole in the floor you can see through to the ground under the house.

Foundation work will not be done for a couple more years sadly, due to finances, so we need to know where to start with reducing the RH in the house via vapor barriers and insulation and other suggestions. At present we rotate our dehumidifier throughout the house to try to keep the mold at bay.

Any ideas on where to start to do the most effective movement towards eventually getting this situation cured?

Should we reside first or reinsulate or?

If more information about the house is needed will be glad to respond...

Cheers!


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06-15-07, 01:27 PM   #2  
Add VB to dirt floor of crawl and up the wall to seal plate close all vents and add a good dehumidifier in the crawl. This should reduce RH in rest of the home.

 
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06-15-07, 01:38 PM   #3  
Airman, thanks so much. A bit more clarification is needed I think. There is visqueen on the ground under the whole place. There isn't enough room to put a dehumidifier under the house. There's only about 6-10 inches of crawl space. We are getting an estimate for raising the house and putting a proper foundation wall under it, but that is a ways off yet.

How does one add a VB when you can't get _under_ the house? Any ideas? Strips of plastic rolled across?

Thanks again, sorry I am not much on construction stuff *wry grins*.


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06-16-07, 07:33 AM   #4  
Id cut a hole in floor near center of home if possibly to set a dehumidifier in crawl you will need to dig dirt out to set it in. Is this option? Do you have AC? The ac should have enough moisture removal to remove all the moisture unless you have tons of humidity from crawl. If you don't one good dehumidifier and some air movement should take out RH.

 
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