Mold in the Basement – A Common Concern

Mold in the Basement

Many homeowners are concerned with a common yet worrisome occurrence; mold in the basement.  The following quote from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains how mold may enter the home:
“Mold spores occur in the indoor and outdoor environments. Spores may enter your house from the outside through open doorways, windows, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems with outdoor air intakes. Spores in the air outside also attach themselves to people and animals, making clothing, shoes, bags, and pets convenient vehicles for carrying mold indoors.

When spores drop on places where there is excessive moisture, such as where leakage may have occurred in roofs, pipes, walls, plant pots, or where there has been flooding, they will grow. Many building materials provide suitable nutrients that encourage mold to grow.”

mold in the basement

Basements are particularly susceptible to mold growth due to excess moisture.  The growth does not have to become widespread to be a threat to your health.  If your basement has a problem with water intrusion, it is quite possible that you may also have a problem with mold.

Many people use bleach in attempt to solve this issue.  While this can be useful on hard surfaces, such as glass, tile, and bathtubs, bleach can not completely kill live spores growing on porous surfaces like drywall, wood, and concrete.  There are various other remediation products on the market.  How can you sort through all of the products and information in order to make the right choice for your family?  A common sense approach can be taken to resolve this issue.

Evaluation by a Specialist

When dealing with such an issue, it is best to respect the potential health risks involved.  Have the problem area inspected by someone who is qualified in mold assessment.  They can perform an evaluation and then recommend the best solution.

Remove the Source of the Problem

Simply removing the mold will not completely solve your problem.  The cause of the problem must also be eliminated.  Even once spores are removed, recontamination can occur if there is still a source of moisture.  If you are dealing with excess moisture or water intrusion in your basement, contact Pioneer Basement Solutions.  We have trained mold assessment specialists that are also qualified to make an evaluation of any basement water issues.  We never use fear mongering in order to “scare” a homeowner into agreeing to a job.  We simply give our honest evaluation and a common sense solution.

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