Mold Remediation Elkton
Elkton has an interesting history thanks to its interesting location. Thanks to sitting along the northern edge of Chesapeake Bay, Elkton was a frequent stopping port during the Revolutionary War. Elkton also sits along the Maryland border, in spitting distance of states like Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey along with cities like Wilmington and Philadelphia. Because of that, it became a popular wedding location back when Maryland marriage laws were much less restrictive than in the surrounding states, and even today people come from miles around to hold their wedding in Elkton.
Unfortunately, like most of Maryland Elkton also has hot, humid summers, a fact which leads to fewer visits in summer and also to mold problems in unprotected basements and crawlspaces. So if you need mold remediation in Elkton, either for your home or your place of business, you should contact the experts of AA Action Waterproofing.
How Mold Works
The word “mold” refers to a broad category of fungus. Mold species are multicellular, unlike single-cell yeast, but they still operate on a microscopic scale, and when you look at a patch of mold you’re seeing millions of individual organisms. Some species grow on food and are responsible for giving it that sour, rotten taste that lets you know it’s gone bad, but others can survive on the cellulose in wood and the cardboard that covers drywall panels. Still others live off skin flakes and other organic debris found in dust.
Mold spores are everywhere, and so long as a building is more than a couple months old, it probably has small amounts of mold growing in the cracks and the dusty surfaces that are hard to reach. Fortunately, this small amount of mold doesn’t cause many problems. However, under the right conditions, mold can grow out of control and start affecting the health of your home and the people who live in it.
Why Mold Matters
In the first place, mold that grows into wood and other building materials can weaken them. Mold isn’t as bad as an infestation by termites or carpenter ants, but it can still do damage over a long period of time, which means it’s a good idea to look for mold if you’re thinking of buying or renovating an old building.
In the second place, some mold species known as “black mold” produce toxins that can affect humans when the spore count gets high enough. Because it enters the body through the lungs, black mold toxins can cause runny noses and sneezing, and exposure can also lead to headaches, dizziness, and an unending feeling of tiredness. The effects of black mold are often confused with a persistent cold, but the difference is that a black mold cold will clear up whenever you leave your home.
How We Work
AA Action Waterproofing provides mold remediation for Elkton along with homes and businesses across the border in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. We also serve communities as far south as D.C. and Virginia.
No matter how bad a situation is, mold remediation in Elkton and elsewhere always follows the same basic steps.
Step 1: Find all sources of water or moisture buildup and fix them. Mold can’t grow without water, nutrients, and an undisturbed surface that gives mold spores the chance to settle down and germinate, and since the second two points always appear in basements and crawlspaces, the trick is usually to keep water out and keep humidity low.
Step 2: Seal the area. The cleaning process typically releases a lot of spores into the air, spores which can float in the air and escape through any size crack or vent. If a mold problem is serious enough to demand professional help, the spores released by a professional cleaning could contaminate otherwise clean rooms in the building.
Step 3: Clean. Along with using chemicals like soap, bleach, and fungicide, a professional mold remediation in Elkton may require removing carpets, pulling out drywall panels and insulation, and even cutting out parts of the wood structure and sections of concrete depending on how deeply the mold has infiltrated its substrate. The mold you see on the surface may only be a tiny part of the whole.
Step 4: Repair. Once the area is clean and mold levels are back down to normal, it’s time to repair and replace everything that was removed during the remediation.
If you know or suspect you have a mold problem, contact AA Action Waterproofing for a free estimate on mold remediation in Elkton, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Baltimore, or anywhere else in the area. We’ve been in business for right around 30 years now, and we’ve never seen a basement or crawlspace we couldn’t fix.