Shannon Odenbach, IA

Shannon Odenbach, IA

Vince and Daniel are great people and helped us immensely in a very distressing situation. They assessed our situation, told us our options, were honest and very professional. They genuinely care about taking care of your home and as quickly and as safely as possible. So very pleased with the results and grateful for their compassion towards us and our situation. Highly recommend to anyone wanting mold assessment and removal.

11 Simple Yet Effective Basement Mold Prevention Tips

11 Simple Yet Effective Basement Mold Prevention Tips

Getting that musty odor from your basement once again? Well, say hello to mold!

It can be tricky to keep mold away from the basement as it is kept shut up most of the time. Stale and humid air creates a favorable environment for mold and this is something which is typical of basements. The key to prevent mold growth is to ensure that moisture does not linger around for long. Here are some effective ways you can prevent mold growth in your basement:

  • Switch on the exhaust fan. Go to the basement regularly and ensure that there is a good circulation of air. Other than creating ideal conditions for mold growth, stale and moist air is also bad for your health. So keep your basement as fresh as a flower!

Additionally, windows (if there are any) and doors can be left thrice every month. If there are cupboards, drawers, and cabinets, open them to air them out

  • Humidity levels higher than 45% helps breed mold. Get a good dehumidifier to regulate humidity levels in your basement.
  • Keep the basement clean. Get rid of clutter and store books and other items neatly, away from floors and walls. Also, wood can catch mold pretty quickly so avoid storing it in the basement.
  • The basement should not have wood flooring or a carpet.
  • Caulk and seal around the doors and windows to ensure that snow, water, and moisture stairs away. Seal cracks and holes as well.
  • Don’t grow plants in your basement as it will invite mold. Additionally, keep gardening tools away.
  • Repair pipes to fix leaks and check that wastewater is drained away from your house.
  • Clean the gutters on your roof regularly as it helps to keep rainwater from collecting around your house. Deal with blockages as soon as possible.
  • If there are spills, deal with it immediately. Don’t leave wet or damp clothes around.
  • If you use the basement to work out or as a sauna, vacuum and clean it regularly. Use home-cleaning products to sanitize the equipment and don’t leave towels lying around!
  • If you are using it as a recreation room, ensure that the water from the A.C is not dripping in. If there is a fridge, clean and empty the drip pan regularly.

Call for help from mold remediation experts if you want more comprehensive strategies to keep mold away from your basement. If signs of mold are visible, professionals will be able to eradicate its presence and also insulate your home against future occurrences.

Mold Warning Signs: Predict A Mold Problem Before It Gets Worse

Mold Warning Signs: Predict A Mold Problem Before It Gets Worse

Find mold before it becomes a major mold problem

Mold is dangerous. It reproduces quickly, and once mold spores get into the air, they can be difficult to remove. Knowing this makes it quite disheartening when a homeowner finds a mold problem in the home they live in.

Discovering that you have mold within your home can cause you to feel a strange gamut of emotions. You might initially feel disgusted, frustrated or you may even feel a sense of being overwhelmed. Placing your home up for sale might be the first thing that pops into your mind, but that should be a last resort. Having a mold problem does not mean that you cannot get your house back.

However, it does mean that you must take immediate action. Many people actually live in a home with mold and never realize it is there. They ignore the warning signs until the problem reaches a point where the mold is taking over and affecting their health.

If you can find mold BEFORE it becomes a major problem, the remediation process will be substantially cheaper and easier to complete. There are warning signs that can alert homeowners to a potential problem. If you notice any of these warning signs, take the necessary actions to inspect and remediate.

Warning Signs of a Mold Problem:

It is so important to be aware of what the signs are that you may be sharing your home with more than just your family. Signs that you may have mold include (but are not limited to):

A strange odor

Mold has a pungent smell. When it is confined to one area of your home, you may notice an unpleasant odor when you are in that area. Mold can sometimes live within the walls or behind wallpaper, and so you might not immediately associate the smell with a mold problem. If you do notice an unusual persistent odor in your home, the culprit may be mold. The best way to determine if the smell is coming from a mold is to hire a certified mold inspector to come by and check it out. He will be able to run tests to determine if you have a mold problem in your home.

The appearance of mold

In your shower stall or bathtub, it is easy to distinguish normal soap scum from the mold. However, in the basement or cellar, you may have to investigate a little further to find the mold. Mold will take hold of damp areas, so if you have a wall or floor where dampness collects, mold could very well be there as well. It can hide in corners or dark areas all over your home. Virtually no area is immune.

While not all mold can be easily seen, a quick inspection of your home may alert you to visible signs that you have a mold problem. Schedule periodic visual inspections of your house – especially in susceptible areas and during susceptible times of the year. The quicker a mold problem can be identified, the better for everyone involved.

A known moisture source

If your house recently flooded, your roof recently developed a leak or you know you have a source of water ingress into your home, then you know you have a potential for a future mold problem. Even if you aren’t sure what the source of moisture is, once you discover that you have moisture, you should take this as a warning sign of a future potential mold problem. Identifying and fixing the moisture source is key to preventing or stopping the growth of mold in your home.

Health symptoms

Black-Mold-Symptoms

Because mold is not always visible, it can be difficult realizing that you do indeed have a mold problem. If you feel listless, congested and experience watering eyes while in your home, these can all be signs of the presence of mold. It is not uncommon for a person who lives in a home that has mold to feel better while at work or out shopping. Their health problems begin the moment they step through their front door. Mold can often be the cause of this.

Be cognizant of your symptoms. What do you feel? When do the symptoms get worse? Are others around you feeling something similar? Can you narrow it down?

Do You Have a Mold Problem?

If you do suspect that you may have a mold problem, you’ll need to put on your investigator hat and get to work right away. Mold can become a serious issue very quickly so you won’t want to waste any time.

Check all moist areas of your home first (think basement, attic and other areas you do not frequently visit). Check baseboards and ceilings of your home in addition to walls. Pay special attention to windows, doors and other seals to the outside. Walk the outer perimeter of your home checking for signs of water intrusion. If it is safe to do so, inspect your roof. If that doesn’t turn up any visible mold, consider calling in a professional to perform a thorough inspection of your entire home. A professional inspection will bring peace of mind as well. Mold can be a sneaky beast.

One of the questions that may pop into your head when you suspect mold is whether you need to get out right away. Mold can be quite dangerous to your health. If you know you have a mold problem, it can be difficult to stay in a home where the mold is causing an odor or is visible. While a small amount of mold will most likely not cause any health concerns, you should always do what makes you most comfortable. Putting your family and yourself in jeopardy isn’t an option. If you do suffer from allergies or someone in the home is showing symptoms of mold illness or allergy, it might be wise to find a temporary place to stay until the mold problem is addressed. If you are in doubt, ask your mold remediation professional whether or not you should vacate the home until the mold problem is fully remediated. Many people choose to stay with friends or family or stay temporarily in a hotel while the mold is remediated.

The most important takeaway is that once you suspect a potential mold problem (no matter how small), you do something about it and take action right away and connect with Mold Removal Experts.

Ignoring the warning signs that you may have mold only prolongs the problems you will experience. Be aggressive in locating the source of the mold and addressing it. After all, nothing is more important than your health and the health of your family. Mold can become a serious issue very quickly if left untreated.