Having mold in your home, whether it is in the basement or the crawl space, can be a very dangerous thing. It can be detrimental to the quality of the air inside your home as well as to the health of anyone who lives there. While mold is very common, it is important to have any mold investigated by a professional so they can help determine what type of removal and remediation procedures should be used to take care of it.
Because a musty crawl space or basement are generally not visited very much by homeowners, it can be easy to overlook the existence of mold or mildew growth. However, it is importat that if you think you have mold growing, this is a problem that should be looked into as soon as it is discovered. If you have a musty smell in the home, it is very likely caused by the growth of mold. In addition to the smell, mold has been proven to cause a potential number of health problems including:
- Asthma Attacks
- Skin Irritation or Rashes
- Severe Headaches
- Extreme Fatigue
- Cold or Flu Like Symptoms
Because of these potential health risks, it is very important to have any potential mold or musty smells investigated by a professional. Our team can perform thorough mold testing to determine the levels of mold spores in your home. Once we have completed the test, we will locate the location and cause of the mold growth and can then recommend a clean up, removal, and remediation solution.
What Causes Mold to Grow?
Mold is a living organism that requires three things to survive. They are oxygen, high humidity, and an organic material. Most homes are an ideal location for mold growth due to the following factors: oxygen is prevalent nearly everywhere, constructions materials like wood, cellulose insulation, and drywall are all organic materials that the mold can feed on, and humidity levels fluctuate a lot in a basement or crawl space that has a water control issue.
How Can We Prevent Mold?
Because of the way mold grows and expands, the best way that we can prevent the growth and spread of mold is to control the humidity levels. This is done through the use of either a basement waterproofing system or a crawl space encapsulation system. These systems are designed to remove excess water from the areas as well as utilize a dehumidifier to control the humidity and bring it to an acceptable level.
Once a water and humidity control system is in place, we will have removed one of the things mold needs to survive and it will not be able to grow in the area.
If you think you may have a mold or mildew problem in your basement or crawl space, please contact us to have a member of our team provide you with mold inspection and testing. Please take a moment to fill out our contact form below or give us a call today. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you with your mold problem.