The abundance of rain has kept much of the country well soaked through the spring and summer months. In addition to rain, much of the country has had to bear higher than normal levels of humidity. On this morning’s CBS 2 newscast in Chicago, meteorologist Megan Glaros emphasized that the dew point was at 70% — the level of discomfort begins at 50% or higher. Excess rain with high levels of humidity and dew point stir another problem – mold growth.
WSOC-TV in Charlotte reports that local pest control companies have seen a 50 percent increase in mold cases since recent area rains began. The story quotes Mike Rogers, a pest control worker, who suggests homeowners check their crawl spaces for standing water. As much as 40 to 50 percent of the home’s air originates from the crawl space and/or basement.
It doesn’t take a seepage problem or a flood to trigger mold growth. When moisture lingers in the basement or crawl space long enough, mold spores will eventually grow. Before addressing any such mold problems, the moisture problem must first be addressed. Of course, any obvious problems (i.e. cracks in the foundation, an old primary sump pump) that increase the likelihood of a future seepage or flood problem should be addressed by a basement waterproofing contractor.
Depending on the amount of mold presence, some basement waterproofing contractors include mold remediation as an added service. For non-extensive mold remediation, utilizing a basement waterproofing contractor for removing mold and mildew after first addressing any moisture problem makes the most sense.
Emecole will soon introduce a new line of products to further complement our existing line of EmeSphere products. One of the new products we are most excited about is our preventative wall coating which protects concrete surfaces from future mold and mildew growth.