Does making a home tighter lead to more issues with mold?
Not necessarily. Mold issues appear when a home has problems with moisture. These problems may be due to water from improper landscaping or plumbing leaks in the crawl space, improper flashing, lack of exterior rain planes behind siding and/or lack of proper ventilation. Homes should have proper ventilation to help prevent issues with mold. The best building practice is to build a home tight and control the home’s ventilation using mechanical ventilation such as kitchen, bathroom and whole house fans. Most new homes are tight enough to need mechanical ventilation with make up air to control moisture.
- Setting up another project.We are finishing the basement, master bath, custom woodworking and many electrical upgrades for a couple just arriving from Sweden. Because they are energy conscious we did an energy audit and insulated the rim joists, walls and attic. European light fixtures were rewired to handle American connections and all bulbs were replaced with LEDs
- Basement improvements - We insulated, repaired everything. The basement was a mess. It was cleared, floors and walls grinded down and waterproofed and painted. The home was sold above the asking price in three days. (“ We love the basement” ) was the common comment.This project is part of our First Impressions department. The house was to be sold.
- Ceiling and walls are netted and dense-packed with cellulose. This eliminates vermin, mold, deadens sound transmission by 80% and reduces heat transfer 100% better than fiberglass. A house with all cellulose insulation can get a 5% deduction on their insurance since the home is fire proof.Ceiling and walls