Everyone has dealt with mold at some point in their life. You may have found mold in the back of your refrigerator or mildew at the bottom of your shower curtain. Whatever the case may be, mold is extremely unpleasant to come across.
Mold in your home can cause a multitude of serious problems. Not only does it damage your personal belongings, but it can deteriorate the structure of your home and cause respiratory illnesses for you and your family. Black mold is one of the most dangerous types of mold that can be found in wet basements or crawlspaces. Black mold thrives in dark, moist areas, releasing its spores into the air and throughout the house. When you see mold, what you are actually seeing is a cluster of mold spores. The mold spores that are not clustered, float through the air, too small to see with the human eye. These spores are difficult to detect and get rid of.
Mold can grow on just about anything, as long as it has moisture and oxygen. Mold can be found on wood, paper, insulation, drywall, carpet and other areas. Mold eats whatever it is growing on; damaging furniture, wood supports, your belongings, and more. It is important that you keep mold from growing, or if you already have it, you need to get rid of it as soon as possible. If the wooden supports in your home are compromised, your upper levels can show signs of damage including uneven floors, sticking doors, and cracks in the walls.
Mold needs moisture to live. Without water or humidity, mold will dry up and die. It is vital to control the level of indoor moisture in your basement or crawlspace.
Excess moisture in your home can result from leaking pipes, cracks in the foundation, unvented clothes dryers, condensation from HVAC equipment, among other sources. Standing water on your basement floor is obviously easy to see, but other moisture sources can occur in the ceiling, under carpets, behind walls, or inside vents or conduit. Have one of our professionals inspect your home and help you decide the best method for controlling the indoor environment.
The most important thing to do to clean up mold is to stop its source of moisture. Our inspectors can come look at your home and find out what is creating the moisture problem in your basement or crawlspace. Once the source is repaired, the mold can be cleaned up and the proper waterproofing and foundation repair techniques can be implemented. Our experts at Southeast Home Solutions can help make your Huntsville home safe and healthy once again. Call us today to get started! We are dedicated to providing basement repair to Chattanooga, Birmingham, and the surrounding area.