Indoor air quality and rodent feces
What are best practices for maintaining indoor air quality, in the face of eventual infiltration by mice, etc?
We obviously do what we can to keep them out, and to eliminate them when they get in (because they WILL get in). We clean up their messes whenever possible. But what do we do when those messes are inaccessible? (e.g., floor/ceiling/wall/service cavities) Let’s not fool ourselves: there are plenty of spaces that mice will inhabit that are not accessible for inspection or maintenance or cleaning. In a tight house, if those spaces are within the conditioned envelope, the inevitable mouse mess will have an unwelcome effect on IAQ.
Do we just count on an airtight drywall approach to exclude these inaccessible spaces from substantial air exchange? (and not worry about it?) Do we build in “clean-out” ports the way plumbers do?
(with apologies to John Steinbeck, for the post title)
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