New Jersey basements are notorious hotspots for mold development. Often times, basements are damp with little to no air circulation, which provides the ideal environment for fungal activity. Once mold roots itself in your basement, it can rapidly spread and lead to a major contamination. That is why it is important for homeowners to take the time to learn about the warning signs of mold growth and implement basement mold prevention measures to avoid mold development all together.
Mold growth in your NJ basement can mean serious health problems and serious structural damage to your property. Certain species of mold have the potential to produce mycotoxins that are toxic to humans. Exposure to mold can result in symptoms ranging from mild allergies to serious upper respiratory problems. Each person will react differently to mold exposure. Symptoms vary depending on the individual, the length of time of exposure, the species of mold and several other factors.
The purpose of mold in the natural, outdoor environment is to breakdown dead organic matter to be recycled back into the ecosystem. Now, imagine mold doing that to the building materials of your home. Mold and the underlying water problem will eat away at the structure of your home and do some serious damage to your property.
Basement mold prevention can only be successful when you full understand what causes mold in the first place. New Jersey basements provide the perfect conditions for mold growth and continuous development. Excess moisture is one of the main causes – usually from high humidity or water leakage into the basement. Here are some of the more common causes for mold in your basements:
Effective moisture control and routine maintenance are the key elements to effective basement mold prevention.
Leaks– Checking for leaks regularly will help you catch a leak before it has the chance to do too much damage.
Foundation– Water can potentially enter your basement through your foundation walls.
Landscape– Your home’s surroundings are very important to keeping rising water out. You always want water to flow away from your home.
Drainage– In order for drains to do their job, they must be clear at all times.
Gutters– Regular gutter checks and maintenance
Waterproofing– Basement waterproofing is a tactic to prevent water from penetrating the basement.
Dehumidifier– Basement dehumidifiers can help to keep your NJ basement dry. If your basement is especially damp or humid, a dehumidifier can help.
Declutter– Basements are often used for storage. Cluttered spaces limit air flow and can promote moisture buildup (especially in already humid environments). Take some time to regularly organize and purge some of your stored items. This will open up your basement and help to optimize air circulation.
If you detect basement mold in your New Jersey home or business, contact a professional mold company to have your basement thoroughly inspected. A Mastertech basement mold inspection in NJ will determine if you have mold, how bad it is, what caused it, and how to safely and effectively remove it.
The NJ basement mold removal professionals at Mastertech Environmental will specifically develop the safest and most efficient NJ basement mold removal scope of work to ensure the most thorough and successful cleanup of your property. Each Mastertech mold removal is backed by a 5-year, mold-free warranty. It is our promise that the mold has been safely and properly removed, and it will not return.