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Do you struggle with basement moisture problems? In addition to basement waterproofing, consider scheduling a mold inspection & mold testing.
A damp basement is not only unpleasant to spend time in. Moisture in the air and the musty smell that often accompanies it are just the beginning of your problems. Basement moisture can damage belongings stored there and accelerate the deterioration of your foundation, walls, floors, and other structural elements. On top of all that, a damp, poorly ventilated basement is a great breeding ground for mold and mildew.
Mold growth is unsightly and unhealthy. Breathing in mold spores over a long period can contribute to breathing problems, headaches, allergic reactions, asthma, and, in severe cases, some types of cancer. Bring in a mold testing and removal expert to assess the situation and create an action plan to move forward, mold-free.
Signs of mold growth
In addition to visible mold—usually green, brown, gray, or white stains on the walls, ceiling, floors, or even your belongings—there are certain mold signs that you may need mold testing and repair. These include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, it's worth bringing in a professional for a mold test. It is better to try and find no mold than to ignore the problem until it becomes more serious and more difficult and costly to fix.
Mold testing procedures
Mold testing is not just about whether there are mold spores and growth. It's also important to determine how widespread the problem is, where exactly the mold is thriving, and what type of mold is growing. A mold inspection professional will examine problem areas and take mold samples. You can also sample the air for spores and test other parts of your home or workplace.
Mold removal and prevention
Once mold has been found on your property, it is vital to get rid of it quickly, before it spreads further. Your customized mold remediation strategy may include scraping up visible mold, vacuuming it, treating surfaces with antimicrobial and antifungal agents, and purifying the air. Your mold specialist may also recommend removing and replacing materials that are too contaminated to be salvaged. Throughout the mold removal process, contaminated areas should be sealed to prevent mold spores from being carried to other parts of your building through the air.