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rlsteele

06:31PM | 11/01/02
Member Since: 10/31/02
1 lifetime posts
I live in Ga. Home built in early 50's I have cinderblock walls with brick on the outside and plaster on the inside.Probably no insulation inside the wall.Mold forms on the lower part of the walls,starting from the floor up.When we bought the home it was vacant but also no mold on the walls.We have pine floors that were painted,we carpeted these,have installed double paned windows and put plastic under the house as a vapor barrier.Walls are paneled half way up and the rest of the plaster is painted.There are vents in the foundation for ventilation.Mold is only a problem on the walls that are outside walls.As of yet no mold on walls that divide the rooms.At wits end do I tear out the plaster and insulate the walls and drywall over it or is there an easier method? not rich -need cheap but permanent fix.I only have this problem in the winter.Also would nailing foam board under the floor help this problem as well as adding insulation or make my problem worse?Thanks for any and all help.
P.S. no leaks from pipes under the house

MILLIE

05:57AM | 11/21/02
Member Since: 11/20/02
2 lifetime posts
IF YOU HAVE A FURNACE IN YOUR HOME AND IT HAS
NOT BEEN CHECKED BY A KNOWLEDGABLE PROFESS-
IONAL, I WOULD RECOMMEND YOU LOOK INTO THAT.
SOMETIMES, CONDENSATION AND MOLD CAN BE A SIGN OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING. THE LEVEL
MAY NOT BE HIGH ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU ILL OR EVEN TO HAVE A DETECTOR REACT. I LEARNED THIS IS A POSSIBILITY WHEN A FRIEND OF MINE
HAD A RENTAL PROPERTY WITH EXTREME CONDENSATION ON THE WALLS AND WINDOWS. THEY HAD TO REPLACE THE FURNACE. IF YOU KNOW A FIREFIGHTER HE MAY CONFIRM THIS INFO. IF NOT,
HAVE YOUR FURNACE SYSTEM CHECKED.
GOOD LUCK
MILLIE

stpat

05:02PM | 11/21/02
Member Since: 11/16/02
23 lifetime posts
Good thought on the furnace thing. Does the plaster come in contact with the block? If it does the plaster will act as sponge and the block as a wick.


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