Controlling Mold and Dust Mite Problems
Mold in your basement can wreak havoc on both your health and your home. In a short time, basement mold can spread throughout your entire house. At Thrasher, we have the mold control treatment and prevention options to protect you and your home from mold and water damage.
At Thrasher, our basement and mold specialists find effective solutions for controlling humidity and unwanted water in your home. Our warrantied products can protect and seal your basement or crawl space against water damage and health risks like black mold, while our Energy Star(R) rated dehumidifiers keep your home dry and healthier than ever.
Common Basement Mold and Humidity Problems
Mold spores are present nearly everywhere, growing when they meet sufficient temperature, moisture, and organic material to grow. 50% of homes have at least one resident with allergies, with the American Lung Association showing that 88 million Americans suffering from some sort of respiratory distress. 90% of people with allergies show sensitivity to mold spores.
Dust mites are microscopic arachnids that live in your home, most often in carpeting, sofas, pillows, and other cushioned furniture. Dust mites create allergenic fecal material, which they release into the air as much as 20 times a day. Dust mites live in humid areas, absorbing moisture directly from the air.
Black Mold is a highly toxic mold that is rare but dangerous when it grows in the home. Black mold spores host a fungus that produces carcinogenic "mycotoxins" that are linked to ailments such as liver cancer, lung cancer, chronic liver damage, acute or chronic nervous system damage, endocrine problems, and others.
Rot and Decay
Mold and rot can begin to form in damp wood in as little as 24-48 hours. If allowed to damage wood unchecked, rot, mold, and dry rot can lead to many thousands of dollars worth of damage to a home. In the case of dry rot, a 75% loss of toughness can be caused by a 1% weight loss. Rot and mold in wood should be addressed as soon as possible.
Mold and Dust Mite Health Facts
As Glenn Fellman, executive director of the Indoor Air Quality Association states, "If you are reacting to a mold problem because somebody's been sick, you've waited way too long to address indoor air quality." The best way to protect yourself is to prevent the mold or dust mite problem before it begins! All of the items below can lead to the start and growth of mold in your basement.
Organic Materials: Dust, fabric, fiberglass resins and dyes, drywall, wallpaper, glue, paint, and wood can all keep basement mold growing. As for dust mites, 1,000 can live in a single gram of dust, each one creating 20 waste pellets per day.
Mold Can Live In The Cold: Ever see mold in a refrigerator? As long as the temperature is above 40 ?F (4 ?C), mold in your basement can grow.
Mold Grows Fast: Mold can begin to grow in a wet basement in as little as 24-48 hours, with 1 billion mold spores growing on a single square foot of drywall.
Mold Destroys Your Home: Black mold and basement mold dramatically lowers the value of your home. According to Professional Builder Magazine, a home worth $250,000 can easily have $100,000 in mold problems, and basement mold can quickly lead to structural damage.
Mold Spores Damage Your Health: Mold spore exposure occurs through inhalation, ingestion, and skin contact. Even dead mold spores can be damaging to your health.
Dust Mite Waste Is Very Allergenic: Dust mite waste makes up 80-90% of the allergic component of house dust, containing 15 potent allergens that trigger allergic reactions. American Family Physician states that "controlling dust mites is the most important thing you can do in your house to make your asthma and allergies better."
At Thrasher, we have the mold treatment and prevention solutions you need to keep a wet basement from turning into a whole house health issue. Contact a Thrasher mold specialist today and get rid of the basement mold or mold in your crawlspace once and for all.
Mold & Moisture Damage Experts
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 will 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.
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 Basement Waterproofing for Crawl Spaces book and a no-obligation quote for repair. Contact us today to learn more.
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