Summer is prime mold season for your basement

Posted Jul 01, 2024 in Waterproofing

Home exterior

We’re quick­ly approach­ing the Sum­mer months and Sum­mer weath­er. That means heat and humid­i­ty. That also means mold. This is one of the peak times for mold to grow and spread.

Sum­mer brings unique weath­er that dif­fers from the oth­er months. Humid­i­ty, which increas­es the damp­ness of the air and envi­ron­ment, also pro­motes mold growth and prop­a­ga­tion. Mold removal becomes such a pri­or­i­ty dur­ing the sum­mer months.

With­out even know­ing it, mold can take hold where you least expect it to. Door­ways, under car­pets, back rooms, and espe­cial­ly base­ments and garages and the damp­ness finds its way, becomes a prob­lem and mold spreads.

Mold also con­tributes great­ly to aller­gies and aller­gy symp­toms. Once you have mold, it spreads and grows, allow­ing dis­burse­ment of more mold spores into the sur­round­ing areas, affect­ing the envi­ron­ment and inhab­i­ta­tion around. Mold spores spread through the air, build­ing mate­ri­als or attach­ment to oth­er objects that car­ry them along. Humid­i­ty allows for trans­porta­tion to be greater. Increas­ing the dis­com­fort to that aller­gy suf­fers will rise dur­ing the Sum­mer months if this isn’t tak­ing care of properly.

Sounds scary, but you can pro­tect your­self with a few sim­ple tips.

  • Watch wet cloth­ing, blan­kets, tow­els and oth­er fabrics/​materials that hold water and are left to dry over peri­ods of time. They’re prime breed­ing for mold.
  • Keep indoor humid­i­ty in check with the use of a dehu­mid­i­fi­er or a ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem. Keep the humid­i­ty below 50% and allow for air fil­tra­tion to remove the mold spores from the environment.
  • Check for win­dow leaks, wall leaks, and foun­da­tion leaks. Be sure to con­tact a qual­i­fied water­proof­ing spe­cial­ist to assure you qual­i­fy each area of con­cern and don’t neglect an area that can become a prob­lem in the future.
  • Check the plumb­ing in all areas pos­si­ble to ver­i­fy there are no leak­ages. Water spread­ing from even the small­est leak can cause much dam­age and a seri­ous mold and health issue.
  • Have the area around your home inspect­ed for water reten­tion. If your home has water that remains long after rain, then you may need a water­proof­ing expert to rec­om­mend water removal and foun­da­tion water­proof­ing options.

What seems like a time to play and enjoy, the Sum­mer shouldn’t be a time when you allow your home main­te­nance to take a vaca­tion. In lit­tle time, your home can be vio­lat­ed by water and the intru­sion not noticed until mold issues are at their worst.

For best results and peace of mind, con­tact your friends at Fam­i­ly Water­proof­ing for a Free Esti­mate on Water­proof­ing Ser­vices. Pro­tect your home today!

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