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Mould Growth in Basements and it’s Effect on Your Indoor Air Quality

Posted in Air Quality, on July 28, 2016

Your basement is a prime spot for water leaks, flooding and even higher humidity levels, all of which could cause mould to develop, which negatively affects your air quality, and your health. Flooding and water leaks could be caused from mundane household activities such as showering or cooking, so it is always good to keep an eye on your basement and look for any leaks.

That being said, you may not be able to see if mould has developed in your house. You can’t always see it, and you can’t visibly see if your indoor air quality has been damaged either. Mould can grow on anything from wood, to your insulation, and it can be hiding out of view on the inside of your walls or under your floors. Whenever there is a campy place, mould can begin to grow and it can have poor consequences on your indoor air quality.

If mould begins to grow in your basement, you may notice your eyes, nose, and throat become irritated, you begin coughing, having shortness of breath, having asthma symptoms or other reactions similar to allergies. These are just some of the symptoms that may develop if your basement has mould and is affecting your air quality.

Even though the mould may just be present in your basement, mould releases millions of spores every day, and those can be travelling around your house affecting your health and the air quality of your home. Your first initial response should be to call us, so we can come in and try and find the mould, and also test your air quality to make sure you and your loved ones aren’t in any health related danger.

Children, seniors and people with existing medical conditions such as asthma or severe allergies may find themselves more sensitive to the effects of mould growth in the basement. Having your air quality damaged and mould spores being released into your home can be really harming those individuals.

There is nothing you can do on your own to remove or detect mould unless it is visible. Even if it is visible though never try and remove it on your own because that disturbs the mould and causes it to release even more spores that damages your air quality and your health.

The best thing you can do is to call us and allow us to preform an air quality and mould assessment. We come in and test for any hidden moisture and look behind ceilings and floors for any hidden mould, and them take airborne samples to test your air quality. We than issue you a report outlining our hidings and if you do have mould or any air quality related issues we provide you with recommendations and scope of work of what would need to be done to improve your air quality and the fix the mould problem. It’s better to leave this stuff to the professionals, and it’s always best to call us first so we can help figure out if your air quality and living environment is safe to be in.

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