One of the biggest issues properties with basements have is the presence of mold and mildew. There are several reasons why mold chooses to grow exactly in that spot, and one of them is due to moisture.
While you can deal with the issue yourself, it’s a task most people leave to professionals like GCDRestoration.com. They provide more than 15 years of expertise, know-how and a pedantic attitude towards all scenarios – big or small.
Reasons mold grows in your house and basement
In order to approach this issue, professionals first determine what sort of mold is growing and where it’s located. This is done with an air purity test which localizes the source – most often it’s found in dark and badly ventilated locations like corners, behind furniture, fridges or around pipes. The aim of this article is to help you understand why mold grows, so you can have a better idea what could be done, either by professionals, or by yourself in order to prevent future cultures from spawning.
There are spores in the air
The main way fungi like mildew spread, is through spores which get airborne by the slightest gust of wind. Depending on the species, even a newly developed culture will be ready to produce spores within 48 hours of its establishment on a surface. Spores can be also carried on clothing or be hidden in the air ducts of your HVAC system and the only way to deal with that is to have regular air purity tests. They will determine whether and if there’s presence of certain microbial species floating in your indoor air or not.
There is moisture in your basement
While spores are almost impossible to get rid of, moisture is much more manageable and easy to deal with. Mold loves moisture and is in fact, dependant on it for it to even life long enough to release spores into the air. When dealing with mold, professional mold and mildew removal companies like GCDRestoration.com focus on removing the moisture and the reasons for its presence. It could be done with dehumidifiers and moisture extraction appliances, however, that would be just treating the symptoms. It’s best to remove the reasons for the moisture development in order to guarantee that you won’t be getting any more mildew in your basement.
There is a leak behind the wall
Leaks and underground water, bad construction or sinking foundations may also cause cracks in the walls and siding which will let water and rain in. Dealing with that will stop the presence of moisture, which will aid with the dehumidification and mold and mildew growing on your walls or furniture.