Mold Prevention and a Healthy Home
Your basement water problem has been solved, your foundation repaired, and any existing mold has been cleaned away. How do you prevent mold from coming back? The answer is an EZ Breathe Ventilation System or Santa Fe Dehumidifier installed by D-Bug Waterproofing.
Making sure that your basement’s dehumidifier is in working order is essential to preventing harmful black mold from growing beneath your home. Black mold spores can cause respiratory issues and even structural damage to the basement if left unchecked. The best way to prevent basement mold is to make sure the basement is always cool and dry.
A Santa Fe Dehumidifier installed by D-Bug Waterproofing is one of the most effective ways to prevent mold growth, dust mites, pollen, and other airborne allergens in your home’s basement. If your basement is experiencing a mold issue, it may be time to upgrade your dehumidification system with a Santa Fe unit installed by D-Bug Waterproofing.
When it comes to keeping your home’s air safe to breathe, ventilation is key. Improving the air circulation in your home with an EZ Breathe Ventilation System installed by D-Bug Waterproofing is one of the best ways to keep your home’s air free of harmful mold particles, dust, and airborne pathogens that can affect the health of people living in your home.
An EZ Breathe Ventilation has no filters to change, no water reservoir to empty, and uses the same amount of electricity as a standard 40-watt lightbulb.
Just one EZ Breathe Ventilation System is enough to reduce radon levels by 75% and mold spores by 99.5% within just a few days after installation.
Improving the Health of Your Home
Depending on what the situation calls for, your basement may be in need of a new ventilation system, dehumidifier or both. You owe it to your family to talk with one of our experts about our mold removal and prevention service. For a free quote, call 1-855-381-1528.
5 Tips for Mold Prevention
Mold in your basement is a serious problem. It can cause a wide variety of health problems, including:
- Sneezing/runny nose
- Red eyes
- Allergic reactions
- Shortness of breath
- Asthma attacks
- Skin rashes
- Lung infections
Mold can also cause damage to your home, harming everything from drywall and floorboards to carpet and wallpaper. Mold can literally make your home unlivable if left unchecked. It only gets worse over time, and the costs of mold remediation services will only increase. Mold prevention is key to both good health for your family and longevity for your home. Here are a few tips on how to prevent mold from forming in the first place.
Check Your Basement Regularly for Leaks
Many people don’t think to check their basement for leaks, even in the spring when rising temperatures and thawing ice/snow can cause damage to basement walls (and even your foundation).
Even if you only use your basement for storage, you should check it regularly. Leaks can creep into your home and let in moisture. They don’t have to result in full-blown flooding to create the proper conditions for mold to grow.
However, even without leaks, your basement can still have the perfect conditions for mold to grow.
Use a Dehumidifier in Your Basement (And Clean It Regularly)
If you live in a hot or humid climate, a dehumidifier is a must. Even in climates that don’t have high temperatures, humidity can build up in your basement.
Purchase a high-quality dehumidifier for your basement. Keeping your basement dry will not only help prevent mold growth, but it will also fight other common allergens, like pollen and dust mites.
Remember to clean your dehumidifier weekly. Otherwise, mold can begin to collect in the machines themselves and spread throughout your home.
Use Plastic to Cover Dirt in Crawlspaces (Vapor Barrier)
A vapor barrier is just a plastic cover that is put over dirt floors in crawl spaces. Even if you don’t have water flooding or pooling in the crawl space, water can still make its way to the soil’s surface, creating the perfect spot for mold to grow.
You’ll want to use thick plastic — otherwise, it might be damaged if you or workers need to access and move through the space. You’ll want to ensure the edges of the sheets overlap significantly and that all gaps are taped over (use duct tape). The plastic should also lap up the walls about half a foot. You can use caulk or bricks to keep them in place.
D-Bug Waterproofing cleans and seals crawlspaces. Just give us a call at 1-855-381-1528. We make it easy.
Ensure Proper Ventilation Throughout Your Home
Ventilation makes a big difference in mold prevention. Properly ventilated crawlspaces and basements are a must. Ventilators can also reduce other pollutants in your home, like radon, and will reduce mold spores and dust.
Use Mold-Resistant Products/Mold Killing Products
Unfortunately, mold is adept at growing just about anywhere there’s moisture. Even potted plants can create the perfect environment for mold to grow.
Mold can also grow in bathrooms and showers, especially on tile or on shower curtains.
Thankfully, there are many different products on the market that will kill mold in bathrooms, and there are also mold-resistant drywalls, sheetrock, and even mold-inhibiting paint.
Most of these products work by resisting moisture and can be highly effective.
Trust D-Bug Waterproofing with Your Mold Prevention Needs
With over 75 years of experience dealing with moldy basements in southwestern PA, we know what it takes to get the job done. To schedule your free inspection, visit our Contact Us page or give us a call at 1-855-381-1528.