Philadelphia Residents: How to Identify Mold and Remove it and Why It’s So Important to Have Basement Waterproofing in Philadelphia Done!
While basement water proofing may not be terribly exciting to think about, its very much necessary for homes in Philadelphia, PA and those in NJ and DE.
Well, these areas are known for having water problems in the basement. After periods of heavy rain, it’s not uncommon for people in the region to break out the pumps to get the water out.
But, every time water gets in, it causes damage. It can damage the structure of the home, and, it can cause mold growth!
The second you see any of the following, its time to call in a professional:
- Water seepage
- Musty Odor
- Mold or Mildew
- Peeling Paint
- Damp spots on walls or the floor
- Cracked or bowed walls
All of these symptoms show that you have water damage and potentially very harmful mold.
Why Basement Mold Removal?
Mold is an organic material which is an airborne spore. It needs about 55% humidity and water to live. So, anytime moisture, rain or water get into your basement, you have the potential for mold!
The mold’s food source needs to be removed and the colonization needs to be attacked. Once the spores are neutralized, air quality can return to healthy levels and that horrible musty odor will be gone.
Whats the big deal about having mold or water damage?
One, when mold is present, air quality is very low and potentially dangerous. You, your family, children and pets are all breathing in the mold spores. This can cause a host of health problems.
Problems attributed to mold include:
Allergy to mold — Mold allergy has been well documented. We test for it in our office, as do most allergists. Symptoms can include runny nose, itchy eyes, wheezing, and skin rashes. Allergic fungal sinusitis is also a form of mold allergy.
Infections – Usually infection from mold occurs only in persons on chemotherapy or with diseases which may make them more susceptible to infection. Skin, eyes, and lungs are often affected. Aspergillus is the most notable fungus to cause infection (aspergillosis), but others have been associated with infections also.
Mold can irritate mucous membranes of the eyes and respiratory system.
Trigeminal nerve effects have been associated with mold, and have been reported to cause decreased attention, disorientation, diminished reflex time, and dizziness.
Volatile compounds (VOCS) produced by mold are thought to cause headache, attention deficit, inability to concentrate, and dizziness.
Basement Waterproofing Increases The Value of Your Philadelphia Home
Studies have shown that a basement water problem can reduce the value of the home by 25% or more! While having water removed or having your basement waterproofed is an investment, this far out-weights the cost of decreased value of your home!