HARMFUL MOLD AND MILDEW

The most devastating signs of a basement leak are the appearance of harmful mold and mildew. These are harmful fungi leaving off organic materials, and require water to extrapolate. Molds occur naturally everywhere but when humidity levels increase, their multiplication is intensified and may become a major problem. Presence of mold can quickly render affected areas useless, and can be a cause of serious health hazard. Research states that molds cause headaches, chest pains, breathing difficulties, lower concentration span and fatigue when breathed in. They could be fatal for patients with asthma. Certain types of mold are highly toxic, making children highly susceptible to diseases. Due to these factors, it is important to eliminate any sign of mold infiltration. Aquatech Waterproofing helps you deal with damp and leakage problems in your basement or foundations ensuring that property damage and mold problems do not take their toll on your property and family.

LOOKING FOR MOLD

Mold is not prominent, therefore very hard to see. However, their presence fills the air and we tend to smell them first even before seeing them. Mold emit damp and dank odor which tickles our nostrils and make us sneeze and wheeze. The air filled with mold makes us feel hazy and unhealthy especially when breathed in a confirmed space.

To identify mold infested areas of the house, people with keen nose can actually track their locations using smell.

Mold itself can be of many different colors. Though it is commonly white, it could also be black, gray-brown, and gray-green. They colonize areas around corners, rafters, and crawls, though they could be anywhere that is very damp, and spread fast in humid conditions.

Mold damages your property

Mold causes decay of organic materials like wood and paint. You need to deal with the problem of mold by examining the cause of dampness. While you may conduct mold removal, if you don’t address the issue of excess moisture, you are just seeking temporary solutions. Soon, mold will grow and you revert back same problem. Aquatech Waterproofing takes a different approach in dealing with mold. We tackle moisture problems which are the root causes of mold growth in your home and basement.

WHY DO MOLDS OCCUR?

Basements tend to have a high humidity levels, especially if not in regular use. They tend to have poor ventilation and get less sunlight than other rooms. If humidity levels reach over 50-55%, mold start growing and spreads very fast. This can happen if you have a leak that causes water to enter the interior of your basement, or if damp is coming through the walls or the floor. When water pools against a house walling in times of heavy rainfall, or creates a passage through walls, floors, due to hydrostatic pressure, then the basement will start to become more humid and damper. This will raise the humidity level, and cause mold and mildew to thrive. There are many factors leading to humidity in the basement areas. Through the rectification of the sources of dampness and leaks, proper treatment of these areas could prevent the propagation of  the growth of mold.

WHAT SOLUTIONS ARE AVAILABLE AGAINST MOLD?

Extensive mold infestation require professional clean up to be eliminated. Any areas that are wet, damaged, or contaminated objects should be removed from the room too. To some extent, mechanical ventilation can be introduced through use of dehumidifiers, air conditioners or fans to improve the airflow and extract moisture from the air.

However, even with the above actions, a homeowner still needs to act on the root causes of basement damp. There may be leaks that need fixing, or application of waterproofing and drainage improvement to fully solve the mold problem.

At Aquatech Waterproofing, we provide a diverse range of basement waterproofing services. We eradicate mold and mildew infestation, leaving your basement clean, safe and dry.