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monalisa

05:17AM | 09/01/03
Member Since: 08/31/03
9 lifetime posts
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Hi

I have Mildew on one of my bedroom
walls. I wash it off, and it returns
everytime. What am I doing wrong?
Could the Mildew come from moist soil
under the house? If so, why only this
one bedroom?

ML

devildog

03:44PM | 09/01/03
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
I'm assuming you have a crawl space. How moist is your soil down there? It shouldn't be wet at all. I would try to rectify that problem first. Do you have gutters on your roof? It's cheaper than what you may think. Is the ground sloped away from your house good? If one of these don't jump out at you I have heard some people say to close the crawl space off completely and put a dehumidifier down there. If you don't get the moisture corrected down there you will have mold/mildew problems down there in addition to wood rotting away slowly. Speaking from experience on that one!!!
As far as the mildew on your wall. Is there air blowing up from the crawl space right there? If so you may be able to go under and spray expanding foam in the hole to fill it. Tape the carpet above in case some oozes out. Then you can just pull the tape off.

monalisa

01:37AM | 09/02/03
Member Since: 08/31/03
9 lifetime posts
Hi,

first of all let me thank you for replying.
You gave me some good clues to start with.
Also, someone told me to lay plastic on top
of the soil under the house. Does that sound
like something that could work?

Thank you, ML

devildog

03:48PM | 09/03/03
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
Plastic could be a solution, but if you have waterdown there then you are only going to cover the water. I would think this would lead to mold growing under the plastic with a possibility of it growing up the walls in astronomic proportions. I would solve the water solution FIRST. Do you have the gutters and good ground slope??
How much water is down there?? Don't lie be subjective. On a beach is it like a wave washed in and you can grab the sand and runit through your hands? Do your clothes get muddy or just a little damp when you crawl around down there? Try to explain it to me.
The plastic helps if it isn't too wet. Do you have pipes buried under your dirt/clay? Do you have any mold under your house right now? Or haven't you been under there?
The plastic DOES make it easier to getaround under there if it is a tight crawl space.

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02:36PM | 09/06/03
Member Since: 09/05/03
6 lifetime posts
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