Mold is one of the most frustrating things a homeowner has to deal with. Mold isn’t just unsightly, but it can cause damage and serious health issues to those living inside the home. Most people understand the basics on the topic of mold, but don’t fully understand how to resolve the issue.
Did you know there are two types of mold? Not species, types. Mold types are viable and nonviable. Viable mold is active and growing, where nonviable mold is no longer actively growing. A nonviable mold has lost its food source or the moisture source that keeps it alive. While nonviable mold is no longer actively growing, it releases spores into the air at a greater rate than active mold and those spores can cause allergic reactions and respiratory issues.
Why does mold grow in your basement or crawl space? Typically those places are dark and damp — there’s a lot of moisture and other things mold loves and needs to thrive. Basements and crawl spaces are also the place where homeowners most commonly find a mold issue. To deal with your mold issue, you need to be able to answer this question: why is there mold in my basement or crawl space? Here are the most common reasons:
- Leaks in your home
- Wet clothing
Let’s go into those three reasons just a little deeper. Flooding, when it rains a lot, is there standing water in your basement? Even a small damp spot is enough to create an environment susceptible to mold. If you don’t get your basement or crawl space dried out after a big rain, within 24 hours you can start having an issue with mold.
Do you have leaks in your home from water pipes? If your pipes are leaking in your basement or crawl space creating extra moisture, this can become a real issue for your home and again, mold can quickly start to take growth.
Finally, wet clothing is one that people don’t necessarily consider. If your washer and dryer are in your basement – pay attention! If wet clothes get tossed into the basement and left for more than a day, again, mold can begin to grow and cause a major issue in your home.
If you’ve discovered mold in your basement or crawl space or suspect a mold issue, it may seem daunting but it’s as easy as giving us a call here at Crawlspaces and More. Our professionals understand mold, we speak its language! We can schedule a consultation and get you a quote quickly to help destroy the mold infestation in your home. Crawlspaces and More is the expert mold removal company in the Atlanta, GA area and can provide all your mold remediation services for your basement and crawl space!