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A Closer Look At Preventing or Removing Mold

bigstock-Mold-6825047There 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.

First, however, it’s worth understanding a few basics about mold. Mold growth occurs when moisture finds its way into a home – usually in the foundation or basement. A big misunderstanding that is important remember right now is that just because it’s cold outside, that doesn’t mean that mold growth is impossible. Even with the polar vortex dumping snow and cold weather throughout Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, mold could still occur in your basement if moisture finds its way inside.

You may be able to handle minor mold remediation on your own. This is only true if you have a very minor problem, with just a small area beset with mold. Still, you’ll want to cover your skin and wearing breathing protection. Mold can have a huge impact on your health, so stay safe during the process. Anything that has suffered mold growth will be contaminated, and as such you’ll need to eliminate it as soon as possible.

Larger mold problems will require professional help. Mold remediation can take a lot of effort, and certain tools like HEPA vacuums and cleaning techniques will need to be used during the process. More involved safety measures may need to be taken as well.

However, while understanding mold remediation and removal is important, there’s another thing to consider as well – prevention. Instead of spending the huge amount of time, money, and energy that mold removal may cause, taking time to make sure it doesn’t happen is an even better idea. And even if you have had to remove mold, it’s important that you understand that you still have to find the source of the mold and remove it as well.

Usually, that source will be a leak in the foundation that allows moisture to come in. Even a small amount of moisture is enough to set up major mold growth within 24 to 48 hours, a fact that highlights just why taking the time to waterproof your foundation completely is so important.

It doesn’t matter that it’s winter, or that the snow outside may seem like it’s created an impossible barrier for mold to live in. You may still end up needing help eliminating mold from your home, or need to take steps to prevent it from appearing at all. For mold remediation and foundation waterproofing services you can trust, don’t hesitate to contact us at AA Action Waterproofing today to get the help that you deserve.

This entry was posted in Mold & Mildew on February, 10, 2014