Where is that musty odor coming from?

musty odorWater leaks or conditions of high humidity in your home can lead to mold and mildew. If the conditions are severe, mold and mildew can lead to:

  • wood rot
  • structural damage
  • premature paint destruction
  • tile damage

not to mention a host of health problems.

When you notice a musty odor in your house, it’s never too early to identify the source.

Water can seep unseen into your house in a variety of ways: a leak in the roofing material, small gaps around windows or doors, leaking indoor pipes in the walls or floors. High indoor humidity can be caused from basic activities such as taking a shower, boiling water, and drying wet clothing.

Finding the source of the water can be another problem entirely, but infrared cameras are uniquely suited to this task because they detect minute differences in temperature and can easily pinpoint problem areas.

Steps to reduce indoor humidity include:

  1. Preventing moisture from entering the home with a vapor barrier. These may be necessary in the crawlspace, for example.
  2. Installing and using ventilation fans in the kitchen and bathrooms to control moisture. In some cases, you may have a vent that’s operating but was improperly installed or has become blocked.
  3. Ensuring drip pans are properly draining and drain lines are unobstructed and flowing properly. These can occur around air conditioning units, for example.

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