Mold can grow on any organic material, including common building materials like wood, drywall, and insulation
If you suffer from a headache, stuffy nose, or some type of allergic reaction when at home, but is relieved shortly after leaving the building, it's possible that these symptoms are caused or worsened by indoor air pollutants and allergens such as mold spores. As wet basements and crawl space moisture becomes an increasingly large problem for homeowners across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, more and more people are having their health affected by crawl space and basement mold.
Allergens come from mold spores in the basement and crawl space, and house mold loves to grow on drywall
Unfortunately, even you have mold only in the basement or crawl space, its spores will rise throughout the home. The reason for this is called the "Stack Effect". The stack effect is what causes warm air to rise in the home and exit through the upper levels and attic. As this happens, a vacuum is created on the lower levels which draws air upwards from the basement and crawl space. Anything in that air - including mold spores, humidity, dust mites, and odors - will be drawn into the main area of the home, which obviously is where you breathe.
Cleaning and removing crawl space and basement mold with bleach or biocides is only a temporary solution. Mold remediation of this type can eliminate mold in the short term, but unless the reason that it was there in the first place is not eliminated, there's nothing stopping house mold from returning. To worsen the situation, Human Ecology magazine reports that dead mold can still cause allergic reactions as well, and microscopic mold spores that were not removed can lay dormant for years while they wait for the opportunity to grow. Additionally, while mold resistant coatings may keep mold off the surfaces they contact, mold will still have a surface to grow on unless you can also coat your ventilation ducts and every piece of organic material that enters the house.
Mold will grow anywhere where it can find moisture, warmth and food, and mold will grow on anything organic in the basement
An Energy-Star rated basement or crawl space dehumidifier is the best way to remove home mold before it gets out of hand
The easiest way to prevent household mold, is to reduce indoor humidity within the home to below 60%. Other important steps include removing all sources of water leakage within the home, sealing penetrations in walls and floors, checking for moldy odors, and removing all sources of freestanding water.
Basement Systems International Network of top-quality basement waterproofing contractors is dedicated to helping to eliminate basement mold and moisture. Our inorganic products are designed to form vapor barriers on the basement walls and floors to keep humidity from seeping through the porous.
Additionally, our SaniDry™ Basement Dehumidifier is capable of filtering the air of particles as small as two microns! This means that house mold spores, dust mite waste, pollen, and many other home environment allergens will be safely removed from the air. With its self-draining system, the Energy Star rated SaniDry™ is able to pull moisture from the air and lower the relative humidity below 55%. These low humidity levels create an environment that is not suitable for house mold and dust mites to thrive. Thus, the area is cleaner, healthier and more sanitary for your entire house!
Call your local Basement Systems dealer today to get a free estimate on all basement waterproofing and mold remediation services!