For homeowners who wish to learn about mold and the concerns over its presence in the home, there is a lot of information out there. Mold in one form or another is everywhere in our environment, and many people are confused over what molds are good, and what ones can harm people and structures. Weeding through the information can be challenging, so we’ve created a list of some basic mold facts that can help homeowners understand what mold is, what causes it, and what can be done to prevent it.
First of all, people may not be aware of the fact that there are more than 1000 types of mold, and most are absolutely harmless. In fact, all homes have mold present in some form or another. However, there are a few types of mold that can actually be harmful when present in a home. The most common pathogenic mold is the notorious black mold, but there are several others. These harmful molds can cause wood rot and other structural damage, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that some may suffer from health concerns that include upper respiratory issues and nose, throat and eye irritations. Asthma sufferers may notice an increase in symptoms, and people with compromised immune systems are definitely at risk for increased health concerns where mold is present.
How does mold get into a home, and how does it grow?
Mold is a product of its environment, and in order for it to exist it needs humidity and darkness. That’s why mold is often present in the basements and crawlspaces of homes. The humid months, generally May through September, allow basements and crawlspaces to produce high volumes of mold. Fortunately, there are steps homeowners can take to stop mold growth in its tracks, either on their own or by calling a company, like Basement Waterproofing, Inc., that works to get to the root cause of mold, eliminate the problem, and remediate any mold growth already present.
Most homeowners can take control of their home mold environment, and by doing so in the long run will have greater results. Many people decide to call a mold exterminator, who will do just that – come into the home and exterminate and remove any mold that is present. However, there is a shortcoming to this approach that many homeowners don’t necessarily consider. That is, even though the mold is gone, without remedying the situation that’s causing its growth in the first place, it will just return. That’s why it’s important to hire a company like BWI that not only remediates the mold growing in the home, but also takes the necessary measures to repair the root cause of the mold growth.
What can the homeowner do to mitigate mold growth in their home?
Adding a simple thing like more light to a basement will help inhibit the growth of mold spores. BWI recommends a high lumen output LED light that will put out a 75-watt equivalent for the energy used by a typical small nightlight. BWI also recommends an LED that is 4000 or above on the Kelvin scale, as this light will be most similar to natural daylight. Homeowners can put these on a timer or leave them on continuously during the humid months for best results. Of course, if the basement is leaking either through the foundation walls or floors, has leaky plumbing, or is built in an area prone to flooding, the homeowner will need to take advanced measures to stop mold growth in their home. At BWI, we offer advanced basement waterproofing solutions that will eliminate basement or crawlspace wetness problems, helping homeowners get rid of mold for once and for all, and enjoy a healthier living environment.
You won’t have to suffer with basement mold – and the uncomfortable side effects that often go along with it – when you choose BWI to help you with your basement waterproofing needs. When you need basement mold treatment, let our experts talk to you about our SEC anti-mold spray, as well as the many services we offer that will get rid of your basement moisture problems for once and for all. For your convenience, we’re fully staffed during normal working hours to answer your calls – just call us at (800) 439-4951 and we’ll be glad to help you.