Detecting and riding your basement of mold is a formidable task. You often wonder, how does MOLD get in the house anyway? What causes MOLD? Well, there are some reasonable terms that most people understand, like: WATER LEAKS, LEAKY ROOFS, HUMIDITY...but what about the not-so-common terms? Darkness, warmth, organic matter/food, high HUMIDITY or even CONDENSATION.
All these terms begin and end with MOISTURE. WATER, LEAKS , HUMIDITY, or CONDENSATION are the breeding ground-breakers for the growth of MOLD to begin. LEAKING PIPES are a common cause of MOLD. The worst leaks are the ones that go undetected because they are unseen (like inside a wall/ceiling). By the time you discover the LEAK(s), MOLD has already had the time to grow.
LEAKS in roofs are equivalent to that of WATER LEAKS from BROKEN/BUSTED PIPES. By the time you discover the WATER DAMAGE, it's to late. MOLD has already began its growth.
HUMIDITY...here in Pittsburgh, we know all to well what a hot summer day brings. We feel the sting of the MOIST/muggy air, and feel like a wet sponge. Imagine what happens to your drywall; cardboard boxes; winter wool sweaters, or even the wall insulation. MOISTURE goes into full blown attack mode, and the next time you go down into the BASEMENT to do laundry, the unforgettable odor begins. WET, MOIST, DAMP air from a LEAK of a pipe, roof, open window, or even the release of MOISTURE from your washing machine, all contribute to MOLD.
Lastly, CONDENSATION: cold surfaces create CONDENSATION in your home or BASEMENT. CONDENSATION collects on cold metal pipes, on walls as well as on cold concrete floors. Even if there's carpeting, CONDENSATION comes off the BASEMENT floor, and MOLD is primed for growth.
The one culprit that most people don't realize about the ability of MOLD growth in their basement area, is the addition of the amount of MOISTURE ones washing machine provides.
The best high-efficiency machine uses 15-30 gallons of WATER per load. In laymen's terms, that's a minimum of 125.1 lbs of water. Every time you open your washing machine lid, or even while it's running, moisture does escape from the machine, and into the atmosphere. As the moisture floating in an enclosed area isn't bad enough, what goes with your washing of clothes, but the drying of them!!
The average heat inside a normal dryer is 120 degrees, and we all know how much hotter a room feels with the dryer on. To simplify this process, when you add MOISTURE with warm air, you're creating the beginning stages of perfect breeding of MOLD SPORES. Some MOLD you can begin to see, but others are hidden behind the scenes, and it could potentially be very problematic.
Before MOLD begins its growth, here are some helpful tips to combat the spread of MOLD spores from increasing, by keeping your home and BASEMENT dry. Periodically inspect for LEAKS. Check your roof for LEAKS. Make sure your HVAC system/furnace is working properly. Don't dry your clothes on a hanger inside, and minimize your washing machines lid from being open for to long. Lastly, the second best solution to combat MOISTURE/MOLD is to purchase a good dehumidifier. Keeping your BASEMENT dry through maintenance and dehumidification, will serve you and your home well for years to come.
If you believe you have an issue of MOLD in your BASEMENT, don't ever hesitate to contact SERVICE TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS, and we are glad to set up a convenient time to meet, and inspect this issue with you.