Why is Spring the Most Important Time to Have Your Basement Inspected for Mold?
If you live in the NJ, De, or PA areas, spring is a dangerous time for your home’s air quality…
The Philadelphia area is starting heat up during the day. The nights are cool, and rain is coming more and more often. This is great news for your garden, but it can mean an unhealthy terrarium in your basement or crawl space!
How Mold Grows in Your Cellar
Because most homes in the NJ, PA, and DE areas have water issues in the basement or crawl space, it’s no surprise that dangerous mold growth has become a near-epidemic.
When your cellar gets wet, damp, or even humid, moisture rests on the walls or floor, attracting mold. When it’s time to grow, mold shoots off microscopic spores into the air. They float, seeking new areas of moisture. When they find it, they land and start growing a brand new patch.
Mold is Extremely Dangerous
Mold can be lethal to your children and pets. Elderly people also have a great deal of problems with mold.
All these spores get into your home’s air, and your family breathes them in. They can cause a host of health issues from migraine headaches to bleeding in the lungs.
We offer basement mold remediation in all of Philadelphia, Easton, Allentown, West Chester, Harrisburg, and Gettysburgh area in PA, as well as all of NJ and Delaware.
Additional mold information from some of the top mold health hazard info sites:
Mold can destroy many parts of your house
• It is easy to identify mold on basement walls and floors, but did you know mold can also grow on paneling, boards and shelves? When checking for mold in a basement, always move objects and furniture that may be hiding mold from sight. Even if you do not have mold, you may not be completely safe from health risks. Mildew and microorganisms can also grow in a wet basement.
• A wet basement is the perfect breeding ground for black mold and mildew to grow and multiply. If mold and mildew are not properly washed from basement walls using a cleaning solution specifically designed to kill mold and mildew, mold and mildew particles can cause irritation and infection in the lungs. These health risks increase with the level of exposure that is experienced. If mold particles are continuously breathed in, severe respiratory damage can occur.
• Microorganisms thrive in wet basements and can pose severe health risks to persons who are ill or have a compromised immune system. Other susceptible individuals include infants, young children and the elderly. Exposure to microorganisms can cause an allergic response including symptoms such as a runny nose, itchy-watery eyes, coughing, sneezing and throat irritation, according to ToxicBlackMold.com. More severe symptoms can also occur including sinusitis and asthma.
Asthma and Other Problems
• A wet basement is the result of damp conditions and poor circulation. Exposure to trapped, low quality air can cause irritation to the throat, nose, eyes and mouth and, in some individuals, cause asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis and humidifier fever. According to the EPA, highly susceptible individuals, such as persons who are very young, old or sick, can even suffer greater health effects from indoor air pollution than outdoor air pollution. Venting a basement and using air purifiers can prevent stale, stagnant, low quality air.