Since the energy efficiency trend in homes, there has been a 700% increase in asthma and allergies!
We at Barrier Waterproofing Systems believe this is more than just a coincidence. This is because mold growth in homes is primarily created by a combination of moisture intrusion and poor ventilation.
Whether you are experiencing mold growth in the bathroom or laundry room, it is these conditions that contribute to mold growth. In some cases, opening a vent to allow air to pass through the room or removing the source of moisture completely should be enough to remedy the situation. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for your crawl space.
If your crawl space is unencapsulated, there is a greater than good chance that it is currently being subjected to high amounts of moisture. It is also likely there is little to no ventilation. This makes a prime real estate for mold growth and should be repaired as soon as possible. This is because molds produce allergens, irritants, and potentially toxic substances called mycotoxins.
Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores can even cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Molds can cause asthma attacks, irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Whether or not you schedule a crawl space encapsulation, removing the mold is an important step for the health of your home as well as the health of you and your family.
To remove and clean the mold from the surfaces of your basement, our team of specialists follow a highly effective process:
First, we create negative pressure in the space that is being cleaned. This means that the air will not flow out from the space being cleaned, where it could then carry any disturbed spores or dust into other living spaces. Next, a fungicide spray is applied that kills any present fungi and mold spores to the affected surfaces. Lastly, we remove the dead growth with rags, wiping the surfaces clean. If the growth had started eating into the wood grain, an agent that penetrates the wood and kills any fungi and mold existing deep within the wood structures is applied.
This process will do the trick! Once the mold growth is removed, the air that circulates through your home will be substantially cleaner. This improvement, however, won’t last as long as the same condition that created the mold growth in the first place goes unresolved. Encapsulating your crawl space or installing a waterproofing system in your basement will prevent the moisture intrusion that leads to mold growth.
All Barrier Waterproofing Systems are also designed to limit the growth of allergens like mold, mildew & dust mites.
Removing the moisture intrusion helps to protect furnishings and belongings from warpage and rot while improving indoor air quality. This is done by reducing humidity which also helps with eliminating musty smells.
Give Barrier Waterproofing Systems a call today to ask about any of our waterproofing systems below and which one would be the best for your home
- Exterior waterproofing systems
- Interior Water Management Systems
- French / Trench Drains
- Sump Pumps
- Encapsulation Barriers
- Ventilation Systems
- Dehumidification Systems