Your basement is a great place to grow mold. Unfortunately, that’s not the best use of a significant portion of your home’s livable space. You could be using the lowest level of your home for storage, an entertainment center, a bar, an extra bed & bath, etc.
But first, let’s talk about mold. Because none of those excellent upgrades to your basement can happen while mold is present. Of course, mold is doing more than holding you back from some remodeling. It is a health hazard.
The reason to be concerned is because mold is more than unsightly. Mold causes allergic reactions, respiratory problems like asthma, and can lead to things like persistent headaches and chronic fatigue.
Mold hates sunlight, but loves moist, dark spaces. That’s why your basement can be a welcoming abode for mold, especially if you have a cracked and leaky foundation.
Mold will grow on almost any surface, but is especially fond of wood, carboard, carpets, furniture, walls, and more. You can often smell it before you see it, as it contributes to that musty smell you may encounter when you open your basement door.
The scent of mold should tell you something. Mold grows by creating spores which it releases into the air. Spores are almost microscopic. They float on the air and can be inhaled by humans and pets. When they get deep inside your lungs, they can cause the respiratory illnesses and allergic reactions that make mold something to avoid.
Even if you don’t spend much time in your basement, don’t think the mold and its spores stay there. Due to temperature differences, the air in your basement rises throughout the rest of your home, following a buoyancy force called the stack effect.
So, if mold is present, your family will be breathing those spores sooner or later. To keep everyone healthy, shouldn’t you be fighting back against mold?
At D-Bug Waterproofing, our experts can identify areas contaminated with mold and clean and disinfect them. More importantly, our services are available to stop leaky basements, repairing foundation walls, bowed walls, cracked blocks, and the like so that the source of moisture feeding your mold problem is taken away.
Depending on the wall and moisture damage present in your basement, we can install an interior French drain and sump pump to keep your basement from flooding and accumulating water.
Finally, there is ventilation. Moisture can’t stay and mold can’t take hold in a basement where proper air circulation and ventilation has been established.
Once moisture and mold are under control, and your home’s mold related health problems are a thing of the past, you should consider having D-Bug Waterproofing remodel your basement and make that space into something truly useful that your family can enjoy.
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Perhaps you’re avoided having work done on your basement, because you can’t imagine the number of contractors needed to deal with mold, leaks, foundation repair, and remodeling. But it only takes one!
With over 75 years of experience with basement waterproofing in southwestern PA, we know what it takes to get the job done. To schedule your free basement inspection, visit our Contact Us page or give us a call at 1-855-381-1528.