Whether a basement is prone to flooding or excessive water, or simply an environment prone to damp air, mold is an unfortunate reality. Not only can this mold damage the property you keep in your basement and your home, it can also contribute to worsened allergies or illnesses, making it very important to keep your basement and your home mold free. Once mold begins to grow, it can be difficult to eliminate it on your own, so preparing to take on mold before it starts to grow is always recommended. Here are things you need to know when it comes to avoiding basement mold. Continue reading →
You may not think of your basement as anything other than a place to store disused items and family heirlooms. But your basement is whole floor of your home. Why let it go to waste when with a relatively small investment, you can put this often overlooked room to use for you and your family. Flooded basements are especially a problem this year with the polar vortex and brutal winter that’s been hitting Maryland, Virginia and the northeast. By taking the time to waterproof your basement, you can turn your musty storage area in a vibrant, functional living area and increase the value of your home. Continue reading →
If you have sustained noticeable water damage to your basement, you no doubt have invested a great deal of time and money on clean-up. But did you know there may be lingering after effects that you may have not noticed? You may have structural damage, damage to your possessions, and potentially the most serious outcome of water damage, mold and mildew growth. Mold growth is dangerous because not only does it diminish the value of your home, it can make you and your family very sick. Mold grows best in stagnant water, in a dark environment. Most basements and crawlspaces provide the dark environment, while a leak in your foundation or basement wall provides the stagnant water. Mold can grow undetected for years, while making you and family ill while at the same time damaging your home and destroying whatever it’s growing on. Continue reading →
If you have water leakage in your home, especially in your basement, you might be getting sick and not even know it. That dark, dank basement is a haven for mold and mildew. Not only does mold bring down the value of your home, it could be making you and your family ill without your knowledge. Mold can cause allergies and other more serious illnesses if left to grow unchecked. Look at our list and see if any of these items apply to you.
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If your home has leaks from cracks in the foundation or basement walls, you’ve probably dealt with mold growth to some degree. You are probably aware of the health risks of allowing mold to grow unchecked, but may not be sure how to get rid of it and keep it from returning. In this post, we’ll look at the way to get rid of this unwelcome guest and make sure it stays gone. Continue reading →
When you think of mold problems, the chances are pretty good that you think of them during the summer –when the wet Northeastern weather starts dropping some snow on the region. Areas like Virginia and Washington DC get around 28 to 62 inches of rain annually, so this ‘wet season’ is the most common time to think about mold. But over the years, we at AA Action Waterproofing have seen plenty of mold related issues that come about not because of summer rains, but because of the winter freeze. If you’re not convinced that mold is a year-round issue, keep reading. Continue reading →
Mold is something that you probably don’t think much of during the winter – and who can blame you? With the polar vortex bringing incredibly cold temperatures and heavy snow throughout the northeast, mold seems like a distant danger. 9 deaths occurred in early January as a result of snow and cold, and mold is usually far from our minds with things like that happening in the region.
But it is still a danger, even in the cold of winter. At AA Action Waterproofing, we’ve seen firsthand the kind of damage that mold can do to a home and a family. That’s why we offer full mold remediation services as well as waterproofing to prevent it from occurring. But before you consider our service, we think it’s important that you spend some time understanding more about the seriousness of mold in your home.
• Health – The primary risk that mold brings with it is on your health and wellbeing. Mold can cause serious health issues to occur including respiratory problems, nausea, headaches, and much more. Left unchecked, it can have even more serious consequences.
• Property Damage – While mold remediation can remove the mold from your home, there is a chance that you’ll lose items that are near and dear to your heart. The basement Continue reading →
There are few things that can strike as much fear into the heart of a homeowner as the word “mold”. While it’s not quite as bad as some may think, the reality is that mold growth in your basement can have some very serious consequences. It can lower property value and create a major health risk for your family. As such, it’s important to deal with it quickly. At AA Action Waterproofing, we have options for mold remediation that can help in preventing or removing mold. Continue reading →
The green lifestyle is very popular right now. A lot of people make an effort to drive low-emissions vehicles, fill up stainless steel bottles of water instead of using plastic bottles and try to recycle on a daily basis. But green living extends farther than these popular notions. Green living means that you don’t bring any harsh chemicals into the home that may cause illness. Some chemicals in household cleaners have even been known to cause cancer. But you can take these chemicals out of your home, live a healthier life and make a positive impact on the environment.
Take mold remediation for example. Mold is a common problem in households, especially in humid and wet environments. Mold is natural. The spores can be found in every corner of the world and cover almost everything that may see the light of day. These spores are like bacteria and cannot be avoided.
The spores can become a problem when they settle in the right kind of conditions inside your home. When the spores land in a damp, dark and warm place they can begin to multiply. The mold feeds off the moisture and spreads quickly. Mold can cause people to feel ill, but the term toxic mold kind of goes over the line.
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Nobody wants mold in their home. The very beginning of a mold infestation is a bland but uncomfortable smell. This smell hangs in the air and anyone that enters your home can smell it. No matter how much cleaning you do, if you don’t address the cause of the mold, then the smell will not come out. Nobody wants to be known for their smelly house.
Once mold takes a hold of your home, it presents even more undesirable effects. Some people are violently allergic to mold and will become sick if they come into your home for more than a few minutes. This violent reaction has led to the term “toxic mold.” Certain types of mold can cause mild to severe allergic reactions in just about anybody, including pets.
But the worst effect mold has on the home is the compromised frame. When mold really sinks its teeth into the home, especially into the wooden frame, the mold can eat the wood. This compromises the wood’s ability to hold the house up and the home might begin to bow. It may be noticed with a slanted kitchen floor, or it can be seen in cracks along the walls.
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