The South: A Breeding Ground for Mildew and Mold.
The humid climate of the Southeast can be problematic for homes, leading to mold and mildew growth.
When we find mold and mildew in our home, there’s a more complicated problem at hand. Indoor microbial growth is a symptom of some other underlying home performance issue(s) like:
- Air infiltration
- Unsealed crawlspaces
- Poor or insufficient exhaust ventilation
- Oversized air conditioning systems
These common, and often complex issues allow humidity and condensation to penetrate building components such as floor joists and sheet rock. The moisture that these components absorb offers mildew and mold a prime growing condition, which can take place just 24-48 hours after water exposure.
Mold and mildew growth can eventually lead to rot, and can contribute to odors, structural issues, expensive repairs, and a sick home that can affect your health.
We Can Get to the Root of the Problem.
Luckily, E3 INNOVATE offers comprehensive solutions that can address current moisture issues in existing homes and prevent them in new ones.
For existing homes, it’s important to first understand the root cause. We do this by performing an an E3 Healthy Home Assessment, also known as an energy audit, to check for air infiltration, leaky duct work, and other problem areas that are causing moisture inside the house. From here, we are able to put together a customized action plan for your home.
For new construction, we help homeowners implement best practices during the design and construction phase to ensure the home is built to mitigate future moisture issues. We also offer mid- and post-construction testing to make sure the house is built as designed. Learn more about our new construction services here.
Some of the common strategies we use to resolve and mitigate mold, mildew, and moisture issues in homes include:
- Automated exhaust fans with upgraded ducting.
- Air sealing of the building perimeter with strategic sprayfoam insulation.
- Sealed and conditioned crawlspace systems.
- Whole home ventilation and dehumidification strategies.
- Customized heating and cooling system sizing calculations and proper equipment selection (Manual J, S, and D).
We’ll Get It Right the First Time.
Moisture problems can be tricky, and often times, additional thought must be put into solving a home’s complex issues. For this reason, E3 takes what we call the “whole home” approach. Our building scientists incorporate every aspect of your home into our moisture reduction plan, ensuring that the solution works right now and for years to come.