Why Should I Have a Spring Mold and Seepage Inspection?

Why Should I Have a Spring Mold and Seepage Inspection?
I can’t stress enough the importance of inspecting your house on a regular basis. Many people live in an unhealthy environment without even knowing they’re endangering not only themselves, but their pets and kids as well. (Robert Bollinger, President of Budget Waterproofing)
Spring has sprung, so to speak, and one of the major concerns at this time of year is seepage which essentially means that moisture and water from outside the home is getting inside the home. The part of the home that is most susceptible to seepage is the basement because it’s underground, and there’s almost always moisture somewhere nearby. Seepage will usually start because the foundation develops cracks allowing moisture in. If you think you already have a seepage issue, don’t hesitate to contact us, the sooner the situation is addressed, the better.
Here are some tips to prevent water intrusion into your home due to heavy rains and the spring melt off:
1. Clean your eaves-troughs and have them inspected yearly;
2. Make sure your down spouts are not clogged with leaves and debris;
3. Have your down spouts directed away from your house and if possible eight feet or more away from the house;
4. Make sure to build up any low areas in order to slope them away from your foundation, allowing water to travel away from your house; and
5. Install a sump pump!
It is also very important that you know where your water main valve is located just in case you spring a leak in your pipes. Your goal is to prevent excess moisture from entering your home which may occur because of rain and flooding and/or busted pipes from dramatic temperature changes.
The primary reason you want to prevent excess moisture and water from getting in your home is to prevent mold growth.
Mold needs four critical ingredients to grow:
1. Mold spores
2. Mold food which is almost any substance that contains carbon atoms, like wood, paper, and organic fibers.
3. The right temperature of 5 degrees to 38 degrees.
4. Finally, moisture.
Spring is a season that promotes mold growth because it provides the ideal environment for Mold’s Favorite Places in Your Home.
Since mold needs warmth, humidity, and organic matter to grow, it is important that you look for these key signs of growth:
1. Fogged windows;
2. Mold stains on windowsills, at roof line, in tile grout, under carpet and behind wallpaper;
3. Mildew or musty odors;
4. Dampness, condensation or rusting;
5. Worsened allergy symptoms or respiratory conditions.
Mold is a growing concern because some molds are toxic and can cause many health issues.

Mold in the News: Issue 13

Mold in the News: Issue 13
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of mould related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are some stories we thought may interest you!
Please share this information so that we can continue to increase awareness of mould and mould related illnesses. Follow us on twitter because we tweet important mould news. Our facebook page is also full of mould news…please LIKE us. Our founder, James C. Watson, is donating $0.50 for every new LIKE we get to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Thanks for your support.
FEATURED STORY: Mould is so bad it grows in our food cupboards: Kelly Mercer has lived in the house in Kennington Road, Radford, for four years – and says that for the past two years, mould has affected every room. Mould misery Kaira, 4, right, and Rianne, 5, in their bedroom, with mould evident on the ceiling and, below left, a close-up of the problem.
Labrador school to stay shuttered for months, mould cause: Residents of Charlottetown want a new school to replace the current aging one. Pictured is water damage that closed the school last month. The school in Charlottetown on Labrador’s coast will be closed for at least another two months. Western School Board officials confirmed last night that more mould has been found at William Gillett Academy. School council member Lisa Dempster said the priority now is to find places for students to attend classes.
Scrub your way to a cleaner kitchen: Spring cleaning should begin in the kitchen, but shouldn’t end when summer arrives. Kitchens provide ideal places for mold and bacteria to grow and because of the close proximity to a family’s food supply they should be cleaned often. Microscopic dangers can hide behind appliances and forgotten crevices or in plain site in high traffic areas like counter tops and light switches if they are not cleaned regularly.
Allergy season rushes in: Jennifer Maryniak holds her son, Collin, almost 2, in the kitchen of her Rexmont home. Before them sit the many medications she takes for allergies and asthma. She has suffered from allergies since she was a teenager.
Video: Angie’s List: Water Damage: Now that we’ve had an early spring thaw, it’s time to do an assessment. You need to make sure water damage isn’t washing away your most important investment, your home. The solutions are usually simple and inexpensive, but waiting too long can be costly. Time is of the essence when you have water coming into your house. It can quickly lead to wood rot, structural damage and mold.
Better Science Means More Toxic Mold Lawsuits: Toxic mold lawsuits have historically been met with speculation. Much of this was the result of the science — differing opinions on causation and whether visible mold automatically implies the presence of toxins. Some even went so far as to claim mold litigation was based on “junk science and hysteria.” However, a recent ruling from a New York appeals court suggests that prevailing opinions about mold science may have changed.
Mold is not just indoors and can cause infection: Does mold cause serious health problems? — T.J., Seneca A: People who are sensitive to mold usually present with allergy symptoms of stuffy nose, watery eyes, sneezing or skin irritation.
Video: Vancouver tenants protest so-called renovictions from moldy building: About two dozen people rallied outside an apartment building in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood Monday to protest so-called renovictions. Residents of Richard Watson Manor, at 577 East 8th Avenue, say they’re being forced out by Carrera Management Corporation. Of the building’s 39 units, tenants say just four remain occupied because unsafe, unnecessary and disruptive renovations have pressured tenants to leave.
Mold in the Attic: If you see black stuff covering or growing on the roof sheathing in your attic, it’s probably mold. It’s never fun to find out that your house has mold, but the fix for mold in the attic is usually quite straightforward, and doesn’t involve the services of any ‘mold remediation experts’. There are a lot of folks in the real estate industry, including home inspectors, who get very excited when the word ‘mold’ comes up.
Hagens Berman: Portico Decking Customers File Lawsuit, Claim Deck Mold Policy Violates Warranty: Consumers, represented by Hagens Berman, who purchased Portico-brand decking manufactured by Fiberon have filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that when their decking developed mold and fungus, the company failed to honor its warranty and pay for the deck to be repaired or replaced.
Couple claims mold due to improper plumbing: Local residents Samuel and Carol Rogers allege plumbing work and subsequent repairs at their Dickinson residence resulted in “significant” mold growth, recent court documents say. The Rogers are suing Keystone Foundation Repair Ltd., Vornkahl LLC and Irving Williams, doing business as Williams Plumbing Co,. in Galveston County District Court.
Nearly 70% of Americans Have Found Stains, Mold, Hair and More in Their Hotel Rooms: Quarter of Americans Admit to Cleaning Their Hotel Room with Disinfectant Wipes. Whether checking into a hotel for a night or for a weeklong vacation, nearly 9 in 10 (87%) Americans inspect their hotel rooms for cleanliness upon arrival, and 49% of Americans, clean all or part of their hotel rooms themselves, according to a survey issued by Wakefield Research.

Mold in the News: Issue 7

Mold in the News: Issue 7
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of mould related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are some stories we thought may interest you!
Please share this information so that we can continue to increase awareness of mould and mould related illnesses. Follow us on twitter because we tweet important mould news. Our facebook page is also full of mould news…please LIKE us. Our founder, James C. Watson, is donating $0.50 for every new LIKE we get to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Thanks for your support.
Mold case can go forward: appeals court: An appeals court on Tuesday clarified a 2008 ruling, finding that it did not bar individuals from pursuing claims that they developed illnesses from toxic mold.
Get independent lab to test air before mold cleanup: Few things scare homeowners more than learning they have mold in their home. Mold is a common problem that could cause health risks and diminish your home’s value. Though most mold remediators are honest and reliable, some unscrupulous companies try to scare homeowners into spending thousands of dollars unnecessarily. One tactic these companies use is revealing results an air quality test the company conducts itself, which shows mold present in the home.
AK Department of Building: Mold and Water Problems: State Department of Labor employees in Juneau will move out of a building that has experienced mold and water infiltration problems. State procurement officer Vern Jones tells the Juneau Empire that the state has ended negotiations with Juneau 1 LLC, the owner of the building referred to locally as the “Plywood Palace.” Jones says the building owners wanted a 10-year commitment from the state.
UPDATE–Video: Edgewater Elementary plagued by mold: The Edgewater Elementary School has a mold problem, according to tests done by an outside contractor. Parents and teachers have been complaining the damp moldy building is making them sick.
Video: Cordova Middle School Parents Worried About Possible Mold At School: Parents worried about mold at Cordova Middle School want to know if a teacher’s death over the weekend is related to mold. The School system is not speculating on the cause of death, but testing samples from school as precaution. Silence and “don’t worry” remarks concern some parents. They want to know whether their children are in danger from what they think is mold inside the school.
Budget Waterproofing Encourages Homeowners to Conduct Spring Mold Inspection: With the warmer weather approaching, Budget Waterproofing recommends homeowners to examine their houses, especially basements, looking for the signs of mold. If not handled promptly, mold growth might escalate and present a serious health hazard. According to the recent CBS21 story, some areas of Pennsylvania and Maryland are still dealing with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Lee that hit the East Coast this past September.

The Importance of Spring Mold Inspection

The Importance of Spring Mold Inspection
I can’t stress enough the importance of inspecting your house on a regular basis. Many people live in an unhealthy environment without even knowing they’re endangering not only themselves, but their pets and kids as well. (Robert Bollinger, President of Budget Waterproofing)
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there is a direct correlation between mold and dampness in living premises and an increase in several respiratory health outcomes. Twenty one percent of current asthma cases in the United States were caused by poor air quality due to mold and elevated humidity.
Mold needs four critical ingredients to grow:
1. Mold spores
2. Mold food which is almost any substance that contains carbon atoms, like wood, paper, and organic fibres.
3. The right temperature of 5 degrees to 38 degrees.
4. Finally, moisture.
Spring is a season that promotes mold growth because it provides the ideal environment for Mold’s Favorite Places in Your Home.
Since mould needs warmth, humidity, and organic matter to grow, it is important that you look for these key signs of growth:
1. Fogged windows;
2. Mold stains on windowsills, at roof line, in tile grout, under carpet and behind wallpaper;
3. Mildew or musty odors;
4. Dampness, condensation or rusting;
5. Worsened allergy symptoms or respiratory conditions.
Another key tip is to Prevent Water Intrusion in Your Home and it is also very important that you know where Your Water Main Valve is located just in case you spring a leak in your pipes. Your goal is to prevent excess moisture from entering your home which may occur because of rain and flooding and/or busted pipes from dramatic temperature changes.
Mold is a growing concern because some molds are toxic and can cause many health issues.
If you suspect that you have mold in your home, give us a call, Got Mold? is here to help!