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Damp ground may be root of infant’s allergy

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Q: We live in a 1950s Eichler built on a concrete slab. The soil immediately around the house is heavy clay and I have noticed water pooling after rain. Even after months of dry weather the soil is still wet. Could this constant moisture cause mildew to grow on and up through the concrete slab? I have noticed a musty smell and now my infant son seems to be suffering from an allergy. How do we test for this and what do we do to eliminate it? A: We hope your infant son's condition has improved and that it is not related to the condition of your house. But we think there is a very good chance that your wet soil conditions are creating a condition where mold could flourish. Mold can grow almost anywhere there is water damage, high humidity or dampness. Any underlying moisture problems must be fixed to eliminate mold. Treating mold infestations is a two-step process. First, the condition contributing to the mold must be corrected – in this case, poor drainage. Second, the affecte...