Basement Humidity and Mold Control
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When you have a basement water problem, one of the biggest issues you can face is the increase in humidity and the potential for the growth of mold in the basement. If you find that the basement environment is very humid or there is a musty smell, it is important to take action much sooner than later. Increases in humidity could be the result of a leaking wall or floor crack, an inefficient dehumidifier, or even a malfunctioning sump pump. Some humidity is necessary to keep the area comfortable but when the humidity level is too high, it can create a situation where mold and mildew are able to grow. The growth of mold can create health issues for anyone in the home and the growth of black mold creates especially dangerous health risks. If you think there may be mold growth, it is important to have an expert inspect the mold to determine if it is dangerous and create a mold remediation plan to help protect everyone in the home.
Problem: Humidity & Basement Odor
The moisture in the air in your home is known as humidity. It is important to ensure the humidity in your home is at the correct level. When the basement has too much humidity, it can cause a lot of problems. Because the support structure your home is built on is made from wood, the humidity can cause damage if it is left unchecked. The support beams, floor joists, flooring, and walls are all susceptible to rotting because of high humidity. A dehumidifier installed in the basement can be used to control the amount of excess moisture in the air. Additionally, this rotting wood will cause problems for the structural integrity of the home and may also become a home to unwanted pests, including termites and roaches.
The worst thing that can come from the elevated levels of humidity in your home is mold or mildew growth. Mold will grow on all organic materials in your home. Mold is a black or dark green fungus that grows on organic materials, in fact, it only needs three things to survive, which include: water, excessive humidity, and organic materials to feed off of. Using a dehumidifier to remove the excess moisture in the home will prevent the mold from being able to grow. Homeowners need to realize the importance of preventing and removing this nasty fungus since it can lead to many additional problems for the home's overall well-being, as well as for its inhabitants' health. Let the experts at Poseidon Waterproofing provide you with a proper humidity control system to make sure your home is safe.
Research has shown that mold can cause a number of health problems, including:
- Skin rashes
- Asthma attacks
- Respiratory problems
- Coughing and sneezing
- Cold/flu-like symptoms
As mold grows in your home, it will release spores into the air. The spores can travel throughout your home and your family can breathe them in. This can cause your family to become very sick and should be prevented whenever possible.
Solutions: Control Basement Humidity
Aprilaire™ Dehumidifier - Model 1850
The 1850 Dehumidifier by Aprilaire™ is ideal for dehumidifying entire homes while removing up to 11.9 gallons(95 pints) of water per day. The Aprilaire™ 1850 can be connected to your HVAC system for convenience while also having the ability to mount the control panel on the top or sides of the HVAC unit. With no messy trays to empty and a once a year filter replacement, this low maintenance dehumidifier will permanently keep your home dry.
Model 1850 Features:
- Corrosion-resistant aluminum coils
- Reduces and controls humidity
- Removes up 11.9 gallons(95 pints) of water per day
- No messy water tray and easy clean up
- Automatic controls
Solution: Treat Basement Mold
If you have existing mold in your home, it is very important to have it treated by a professional to keep it from spreading and prevent it from causing harm to you or your family. We make use of a Borax mold treatment system to neutralize the mold and prevent it from spreading. Combining that with a dehumidifier or encapsulation system will ensure the prevention of future mold growth.
Contact Us for Basement Mold and Humidity Control
Excess humidity and mold can be serious problems so if you think there is mold growth or you have a musty smell in the basement, please contact us by filling out our online contact form or calling us at 724-717-6360. We will schedule an inspector to come out, analyze the humidity levels and inspect any mold growth to determine if it could be creating a health risk. Once we understand the situation, we can work with you to come up with a solution to your humidity problem.