Treat Your Home Like Family- Keep Away Molds
For many homeowners, the action of first acquiring a home is an exciting and motivating time. This can become especially evident when a resident is getting ready to grow a family and set down roots in the Maryland or Virginia region. In the beginning, the home is very much like a member of the family, especially when the motivation for upkeep is still strong.
However, over time, it can be easy for owners to begin to take the home for granted, especially when there is a greater focus on members of the household and other everyday concerns. What can often happen is that small issues such as basement moisture, water seepage, and even standing water within the home, may be overlooked as an issue that can be addressed later.
The problem is, that a home which has begun to suffer from physical issues can also behave similarly to a sick family member. The illness of the home does have an impact on its inhabitants, and this can affect everything from physical to emotional well being. Here are some information you can use to keep away molds from your home.
- A correlation between a high presence of any type of mold in households and depression has been indicated by medical studies.
- Based on the impact of fungus spores, indoor air quality can actually be worse than outdoor air.
- More than 1,000 types of molds are considered common and often acceptable within the home.
- Statistically, there is a 1 in 100 chance that highly toxic molds such as Stachybotrys can be present.
- Highly toxic molds can lead to respiratory issues, neurological impairment, and even death.
In order to combat these issues and treat the home to a thorough physical and treatment process, it can also be helpful to understand the mechanisms of mold survival.
Identifying The Culprit
At AA Action Waterproofing, we often encounter a number of situations where homeowners are practically inviting mold to take over their home. This can include creating conditions that are conducive to mold growth, as well as ignoring structural concerns that are just reducing the health of the home.
- Generating warm and humid environments
- Supplying organic matter as a substrate for colonization, in the form of paper piles and even clothing
- Letting organic matter, such as fruits, decompose before removing the items
All of these conditions can encourage mold growth, and should be addressed as soon as possible.
The concern is that once a mold colony has started, it can also grow exponentially. Since mold and fungus is asexual, it requires only a single spore to set down roots and generate a new patch of growth. As a result, spores that are trapped in clothing, brought in from the outdoors, or inadvertently cultured through rot can all contribute to a larger problem. This can be further compounded when the house itself provides areas of dampness that encourage mold colonies to settle.
Another indoor environmental concern that can also aid mold growth is cracks in the foundation and the walls, since this can not only let in moisture but also spores. This directly links the well being of the home to household health, and should be remediated before long lasting damage occurs.
AA Action Waterproofing can not only identify problem areas in your home, but can also assess overall health of the structure and actions that can taken to bolster its safety. By simply giving your home the necessary attention that it needs, you can ensure that the safe space will remain as a member of the family for years to come, and that AA Action Waterproofing has helped to reinforce this safety with quality processes for reducing dampness in your home.