Discovering mold in your home can be a stressful ordeal. Often times, the very first thing we hear during that very first phone call is, “I don’t even know if I called the right people” So you’ve uncovered significant mold development in your basement, what now?
Mold is everywhere. It plays a vital role in our ecosystem. It is perfectly harmless unless it begins to grow at elevated levels indoors. All mold needs is moisture, food and warmth to thrive in an environment. Elevated indoor mold development is most commonly the side effect of excessive indoor moisture buildup. It can be something as seemingly minor as general indoor humidity or it can be something as glaringly obvious as major flooding, and every scenario in between.
Basements are one of the top most common areas for indoor mold development. Without the necessary care or attention, basements can suffer from poor air circulation and insufficient drainage, which creates a welcoming environment for mold. Basements are naturally prone to water seepage through foundation walls and require special construction precautions. If the source of the moisture problem is not resolved, mold is inevitable.
Common Causes For Mold in Basement
- High humidity – over 55%
- Water leaking or seeping through foundation walls
- Poor air circulation
- Condensation from ducts
How To Deal With Basement Mold
- If it’s mold or not
- How bad it is
- What caused it
- How to safely and effectively remove it
- How to prevent it from happening again
With the information gathered during the initial mold inspection, our professional mold inspectors will be able to prescribe an appropriate basement mold remediation strategy to safely and effectively remove the mold from your home.
Basement Mold Remediation
Mold Remediation– “the removal, cleaning, sanitizing, demolition, or other treatment, including preventive activities, of mold or mold-contaminated matter that was not purposely grown at that location.”
There are 3 core priorities to a proper mold remediation: identifying the source, containing the problem, and thorough cleaning and disposal.
- Identifying the source— In order to ensure the success of a mold cleanup, the source of issue must be resolved. Typically, at the end of a long moldy trail, there is a significant water or moisture source promoting the mold activity. Finding, stopping, and fixing the source of the water intrusion should be top priority.
- Containing the problem— Before beginning any work, it is important to carefully protect the unaffected areas. Our fully trained technicians carefully isolate all areas of concern with the appropriate barriers and covers to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
- Cleaning and disposal— Usually, mold can be effectively removed from the surface of building materials without the use of toxic agents. However, in some severe cases of mold, some building materials may be non-salvageable. Our Mold technicians are trained in the most advanced techniques for the safe, effective, and efficient removal and disposal of non-salvageable, mold-infested building materials.