Basements are the most common areas of the home where mold can easily grow until the food or water source is gone. Mold is a member of the fungi family and is primarily responsible for digesting and recycling almost any organic matter. Mold spores can be found almost anywhere in our environment but tend to wait for favorable conditions before mold colonies explode.
How often do you inspect all corners of your basement and items you have stored down there?
Basements produce a perfect growing environment for mold and because most people are not living or spending time in their everyday lives in their basement, growth goes undetected.
In a case where plenty of food and water is readily available, an undetected mold colony can spread very quickly and take over an entire basement and its contents in a matter of no time. Since many people primarily use parts or all of their basement for storage, there are plenty of crevices mold can take up residence.
How do I know if I have Mold and what should I do?
There are several ways to tell if you have mold.
First is visual.
If you see a mold-like substance on the wall or ceiling, it's probably mold. If you smell musty odors, and it seems to be damp and humid, you probably have mold. If occupants are having symptoms such as congestion, coughing, wheezing, sore throat, or asthma and they improve when they leave, you may have mold. You can also have air and surface samples taken which can tell you how much and what type of mold you have.
Our mold inspectors are trained
Our mold inspectors are trained to use many techniques and various types of equipment to expose surface growth and detect airborne mold spore contamination. The inspector will also investigate the source of the problem and will check for additional water intrusion issues.
Source of moisture
In most cases the source of moisture comes from a leaky foundation or condensation/moisture from appliances like air conditioners or washing machines. Once the source of moisture is identified and an action plan is put in place to ensure that moisture does not return, remediation can take place.
Mold issues in basements
Mold issues in basements are quite common and can typically be resolved pretty quickly with preventative measures in place to ensure issues don’t return. Call INX today to ensure your issue is handled properly and professionally so that you and your family can Breathe Easy!