Are you being hit hard with the rain? While it may seem annoying now, it can cause even bigger mold removal problems in the future. Mold problems are an unnecessary headache for your family, and that’s why Affordable Foundation and Home Repair has safe and economical mold removal solutions for your home.
What causes mold in your basement or crawl space?
The most common causes of mold in the crawlspace or basement are prolonged drainage issues like clogged gutters, flooding, or improper land grading. However, the problems could also stem from a leak from a sump pump, no vapor barrier in your dirt crawl space, or a lot of humidity and changing temperatures from inside and outside. These can all cause mold growth over time in your basement or crawl space. However, given the proper conditions, mold can grow very rapidly and become hazardous to the health and safety of your home. This is why it’s important to contact a professional foundation repair and mold remediation company like Affordable Foundation and Home Repair for mold removal as soon as you see the problem arise.
What can you do to prevent mold problems?
The biggest things you can do yourself to prevent mold problems in your home are to make sure that your gutters are cleaned out, have your sump pump checked for maintenance regularly, and ensure that downspout extensions are long enough to extend into the yard. If the weather forecast says a big storm is headed in by the end of the week, it can be a good time to clear out gutters of leaves, debris, and other items before it hits and the rain has nowhere to go. Extended downspouts will make sure that once the water is in the gutter, it will not drain directly against the foundation of your home. Lastly, checking your sump pump and making sure it is in good running condition will not only help you if water becomes a problem but will make sure that it won’t leak itself.
When should you call a professional for mold removal?
If your water drainage and mold problems become big issues, it’s time to call the professionals. For mold removal, we will first inspect the basement or crawl space to find the source of the problem. After finding the source, we are SEMI mold certified and we are able to install Anabec mold/bacteria prevention & remediation systems. We will remove and dispose of the mold from the basement or crawl space, including insulation and any porous materials. We then treat the porous ceiling and wall materials with a fungicide. This is a step that many other companies skip, but it is important to penetrate the material and kill the root of the problem. In the case of an unfinished crawl space, we can also provide crawl space encapsulation as a vapor barrier to prevent water from coming in. Lastly, we will prevent re-growth by applying a long-lasting non-toxic antimicrobial sealer to the cleaned and treated surfaces in your basement or crawl space. Affordable Foundation and Home Repair will ensure that your basement or crawl space is the safest and healthiest it can be with mold remediation from our professional team.