Mold spores are present nearly everywhere, growing when they meet sufficient temperature, moisture, and organic material to grow.
Of homes have at least one resident with allergies.
The American Lung Association shows that 88 million Americans suffer from some sort of respiratory distress.
9 in 10
People with allergies show sensitivity to mold spores.
Did you know...
That most indoor air quality issues start (and stop) in your basement or crawl space?
And, especially for those with respiratory issues due to asthma, allergies or illness, it's important to do everything possible to safeguard the health of you and your family.
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DIY: Diagnose It Yourself
To assess the health of your home's indoor environment, take a look at these three steps to help you Diagnose it Yourself - by identifying potential sources of mold, mildew and other allergens.
Step One: Does your basement pass the sniff test?
You know what we mean. Musty. Mildewy. Moist. You can try to cover it up or ignore it, but it's always there - that unmistakable smell that comes from a damp basement or crawl space. If you have an unfinished basement, it is pretty easy to see if there are any wet or damp places that contribute to mold and mildew growth. Likewise, an unencapsulated dirt crawl space can be a likely suspect for the odor issue. Even if the water is gone today, past or recurring water issues will continue to impact the air in your home.
Step Two: Where is the extra humidity coming from?
Finding the right balance of humidity can get tricky as we close up our homes. Available "fresh air" is limited when the temperature drops and we close up windows and doors to keep the cold out, leaving us with still indoor air. Behind the basement walls. Concrete walls, even hidden behind dry wall, will still hold moisture like a sponge. Carpeting and other absorbent materials will hold moisture, smells and even mold spores long after water has been mitigated.
Step Three: Understanding the adversary
In the colder months when you're less likely to have the windows open, cold air and moisture from the soil surrounding your home is drawn into the basement or crawlspace, and then up into upper floors as this air warms. This home 'respiration' is due to something called the Stack Effect, and it will impact your indoor air quality. The vents in your home are circulating more than just warm air - it's also blowing mold, mildew, moisture and musty smells from your basement or crawl space into your living room, bedroom, kitchen - everywhere.
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What does it matter?
We wash our hands. We cover our noses when we sneeze. We spray. We disinfect. We sanitize. We keep our distance. We stay indoors. We're very conscious about the things that we touch and interact with when it comes to staying healthy, but what about the things that we breathe?
If you found mold on something, you wouldn't eat it - would you? What about the mold you can't see? If you knew you were breathing in mold, mildew and other allergens, wouldn't you choose to do something about that?
Mold, rot and dust mites all have a common weakness:
They all need ample moisture and humidity to survive. When humidity levels drop below 60% they are not be able to thrive. By sealing out humidity from outside air and installing a dehumidifier, you can protect yourself from mold and dust mite problems.
Thrasher Can Help
At Thrasher, our basement and crawl space specialists find effective solutions for controlling humidity and unwanted water in your home. Our warrantied solutions can protect and seal your basement or crawl space against water damage and health risks like black mold, while our professional grade, Energy Star® rated dehumidifier can keep your home dry and healthier than ever.
We offer free moisture control inspections to homeowners across our Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri service area. Each on-site mold inspection includes a written quote and a copy of our 88-page color Waterproofing book and a no-obligation quote for repair. Contact us today to learn more.