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Is Mold Remediation Necessary?

Solving a basement mold problem is an inconvenience but a necessary good. Your health will deteriorate if mold is present inside your home; without remediation, it can become a serious problem. Sometimes you can find mold in the attic, but it usually starts in the basement or crawl space.

A home is a place where we grow up. It should be a healthy, happy, and safe environment, but there is a lurking fungus all around us waiting for the right moment to attack. This fungus is mold. It is in the air we breathe in the form of spores, and the levels change seasonally. You breathe them in daily, but they are usually harmless. We eat different types of mold, such as mushrooms or blue cheese.

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Mold growth on concrete and block walls.

The wooly, spore-producing mold latches onto damp organic matter, such as sheetrock backing and wood. It can grow on an inorganic matter like glass, metals, or concrete as long as oxygen and moisture are available.

Mold is all around us, making up nearly 25% of the earth’s biomass, so we must live in harmony. Harmony is sometimes impossible, like a noisy neighbor; mold can get out of control in the right environment. Your home has all the right ingredients to make basement mold get out of hand.

Different Types of Mold

Not all basement mold is dangerous. Sometimes we find it growing on bathroom grout or around kitchen faucets. We use cleansers to remove them or keep those damp areas dry. Sometimes we cannot see mold growth between walls where a leaking pipe can feed a brood forming on a wood beam. There could be mold growing in the gutters of your basement drainage system or behind a basement wall made damp from the last rainstorm.

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Mold culture in a petri dish.

Stachybotrys is one of the several well-known toxic molds that grow only on organic matter. Particularly cellulose materials like trees. Inside your home is a wealth of cellulose-based materials to feed on; insulation, sheetrock wall backing, lumber, etc. In a poorly ventilated area, these materials must be chronically wet for toxic mold to spread by releasing spores. These spores produce mycotoxins.

A mycotoxin is bad. It is heavy and cannot evaporate. If left untouched, you could live unaffected, but you may want to do something about it because the mold produces a strong, musty odor. When you rip open that wall to find the odor’s source, you release the mycotoxins into the air.

Upon inhaling, the mold spore toxic molecules enter your lungs and may cause long-term health issues, especially for those with fewer immunizations. That is why during a home renovation, all precautions are taken when the mold is spotted. Remediation of basement mold is essential, whether the mold is harmful or not. It will solve both health and odor issues.

You can attempt to remediate the situation yourself with dehumidifiers, moisture-absorbing canisters, or deodorizers, but you are using a band-aid on a broken leg. It will still be there. You are masking the problem temporarily. It will cost you more time and money than having the mold removed by a professional.

4-Steps to Maintain a Healthy Home After Mold Remediation

  1. Make sure there are no leaking water pipes.
  2. You may require a dehumidification system connected to your HVAC or a separate unit for the basement to reduce condensation.
  3. Ventilate the area by opening doors and windows once a week or more often, depending on the season.
  4. Ensure you manage your groundwater with an adequate drainage system and sump pump.

Your basement is the number one location in your home to attract mold and mildew. Ensure you have an efficient basement waterproofing system that is mold-retardant and takes groundwater away from your walls and floor. It would be best to have a robust sump pump system to handle the amount of groundwater reaching your drainage system after a rainstorm, especially a storm that lasts several days.

American Dry Basement Systems is an expert solutions provider of drainage systems, sump pumps, and concrete repair. Give us a call or fill out our form online, and we will be happy to do a no-obligation inspection and give you a written quote on the spot.