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Why is Mold a problem?

Why is mold such a big problem? Because it can cause serious health issues. There are numerous types of mold, and not all molds are toxic, but all can cause allergic reactions, asthma attacks, and other respiratory problems. More dangerous molds can lead to brain damage, cancer, and even death! Mold can make your home or commercial property unsafe, so it’s important to contact a certified mold remediation company as soon as possible.

Preventing mold from re-growing should be the second concern.  Areas of high humidity are particularly susceptible to mold growth.  However, regardless of the humidity level, a leaky basement or crawl space can provide enough moisture for mold to thrive.  If a basement or crawl space is leaking, the leak must be stopped if mold re-growth can be prevented. 

Indoor Air Quality can be affected by various gases, building materials, molds, bacteria, moisture and humidity levels. Research tells us that people spend about 90% of their time indoors, so it is believed that many are breathing poor quality indoor air even more than polluted outdoor air.  Let us make your home safe and healthy for good, and be worry free.

Our certified inspectors can determine whether a mold problem exists in your home. Inspections uncover moisture intrusions that can lead to mold growth if left unattended. Value Dry uses on the most advance equipment and technologies to perform a mold test in your home. The air quality of your home will be assessed to determine the presence of allergenic or toxic mold. Once mold has been detected Value Dry will lay out a step-by-step plan to remediate mold from your home and create a healthy environment.

Basement Mold

Basements are a wonderful component to any home. For homeowners, basements offer additional space to entertain family and friends as well as keeping cool during those harsh mid-Atlantic summer months. If you plan on spending any significant time in your basement, it is of the utmost importance that this area is safe. Basements are the number one source of mold within a home. Basement mold is extremely hazardous to the health of children, adults, and even animals. 

IDENTIFYING  BASEMENT  MOLD  BREEDING  GROUNDS

Any place that is wet and damp is a breeding ground for some of the most hazardous types of mold, black mold, and mildew. Basements are damp due to the lack of sunlight they receive as well as the temperature conditions. When paired up these conditions prove to be conducive for the growth of basement mold spores. If your basement is constructed of organic materials such as wood, paper products, or fabrics you are at a higher risk of mold growth. Rotting wood, peeling wallpaper, and worn paint is an indicator of the presence of moisture. If not attended immediately to, these areas with mold will be putting you and your family at risk. Call Value Dry for professional mold remediation.

It is possible to detect basement mold activity through simple sight and smell. Run your hands along the walls of your basement. In many instances, water can leak into your basement by way of the walls. If left, these leaks will persist putting your basement ceiling and floor at risk. If you have carpeting lining your basement floor, check under the carpeting for black mold. Furniture also can harbor mold spores. If the furniture has come in contact with moisture and has had the opportunity to sit, you may want to think of getting rid of that item. Mold remediation from cloth covered furniture can be quit expensive.

THE  PROPER  STEPS  OF  MOLD  REMEDIATION  IN  YOUR  HOME

Once you have found the source of the mold it is imperative that you isolate the issue. Basement mold spores can cause severe health problems such as asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory issues. Use rubber gloves and a breathing mask when handling contaminated areas. Next, step is to destroy and remove the mold. Mold can be removed from metals and plastics by cleaning them with a good non-ammonia detergent. If the basement carpet padding is affected, immediately discard of the carpet. If the floors in your basement are made of hardwood, using a quality sand paper can destroy mold. To prevent further basement mold growth use a quality sealant to prevent moisture penetration. Tiled basements can be rid of all molds by using a bleaching powder water solution. If it seems as though your basement is covered in mold from floor to ceiling Value Dry recommends calling a professional mold remediation services company to handle your mold issue. Value Dry will find and eliminate all harmful molds. Our certified inspectors will perform a wide range of test using advanced equipment and technologies. If we find mold we will quickly work to restore the health of your indoor environment.

Keep Your Basement Mold Free

Most homeowners in the area look forward to warmer days, but the heat often brings its own set of problems. Among these problems are excess humidity, water line condensation, dangerous respiratory-attacking molds, and overall poor indoor air quality. Homeowners can address these issues by inspecting basements and crawl spaces signs of moisture, and possibly employing controlled and targeted moisture control and ventilation systems.  Value Dry can properly size and install a dehumidifier for the space you wish to manage.

Here are some things to look for:

  • Check crawl spaces for dampness or standing water
  • Look for condensation on water pipes around windows and on the foundation on walls
  • Check for a musty or moldy smell
  • Ensure the sump pump is working properly
  • Look for peeling paint
  • Inspect for discolored wood baseboard trim along at the bottom of the finished walls in the basement or efflorescence (white powdery deposits) on the foundation walls
  • Check for black stains on objects which likely indicates household mold

Many people associate mold in basements with flooding in their homes. Although flooding, leaky pipes, leaky roofs and clogged gutters are certainly contributors to mold growth, many times the main culprit is excessive basement humidity. Regardless the air temperature, there will always be cold concrete floors and wall materials that take on the ground temperature of the soil around your home. A damp basement in your home can provide an inviting environment for mold growth. Mold grows the fastest in your basement when there is lots of moisture. It can grow on many surfaces, including walls, floors, carpets, ceiling tile, wallpaper and insulation.

Have you ever opened the basement door and noticed the musty smell of your basement even though it looks completely clean?

No matter how much you vacuum floors and clean surfaces, do you find that the odor is still there?

The most common place for mold growth is beneath carpet, behind drywall and behind insulation. Basement mold can grow directly on the concrete floor, cinder block, brick or concrete walls and beneath pipe insulation any time there is an organic food source.

Molds are microscopic organisms that are a type of fungi. There are over 100,000 species of mold and mold spores are so minute that as many as 250,000 can fit onto the head of a pin! Besides negatively affecting your health, molds can damage your home. In nature molds serve the function of decomposing dead organic material in your home that would include, wood framing, drywall, carpeting and other organic matter. When molds eat this organic matter their normal metabolic process emits volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) which result in the musty odor you smell while contributing to poor indoor air quality.

HOW  TO  DETECT  MOLD  GROWTH  IN  YOUR  BASEMENT

You can usually detect mold in your basement by smell or sight. Spots on walls, floors and carpets are indications of mold infestation. Molds produce a highly noticeable damp, musty odor that in extreme cases can be overpowering. Peeling paint and stained wallpaper are other indicators of mold growth. Many homeowners make the mistake of painting over mold. Out of site out of mind doesn’t apply here. Painting over mold is a poor mold remediation solution because mold will feed on the paint itself. Value Dry will restore your indoor environment to a healthy condition by first identifying and removing the source of the moisture which often requires some form of basement waterproofing system. Then, mold spores will be removed or neutralized through a combination of scrubbing with EPA registered fungicides, HEPA vacuums, air scrubbers and containment techniques. Our processes are completely safe, and represent the state-of-the-art in mold remediation processes. If you do have mold in your basement don’t feel alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that 60% of U.S. homes have wet basements. Even well built and sealed basements that would not have mold under normal circumstances can develop mold growth from high humidity.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes that typical basement smell?

The musty smell is often mold that is blooming and starting to spread. Mold is always present in the air and is just looking for a source of moisture. If there is any humidity or water in your basement this allows it to thrive and as it grows the smell is created.

Is all mold dangerous?

No, only a few types are really toxic but all mold in high concentrations can cause issues with allergies, breathing, headaches etc. Because of modern building practices, homes now are built tightly sealed with little to air circulation to the outside. This tightness when combined with moisture allows for a buildup of mold and allergens that can be harmful. This is what the EPA and Board of Health term as “sick building syndrome”.

I have been told that all I need to do when I see mold is check if it is black mold and if so then simply bleach it. Is that true?

The color of mold does not determine whether it is toxic. Many types of mold are black while only a few types are toxic. The number of spores, their impact on you and whether the mold is actively growing is more important than color. Bleach can be effective on removing mold from nonporous substances such as tile counter-tops but it actually leaves behind water which promotes future mold growth on porous items like wood, drywall etc.

Why do we normally suggest the air sample test?

In many cases when a person calls us they might not actually need remediation. Mold exists everywhere. It is the amount and type that are present in your home versus what is normally found outside your home that matters. The outdoor air sample test is conducted to get a control and comparative sample. The indoor test will be conducted around the location of your concern. These are compared at the lab for corresponding concern around issues. If someone only takes a sample at the location of your concern it’s easy to show large numbers of some naturally occurring mold spores that do not need remediation. Know whether you need remediation by testing correctly.

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