Well, we didn’t get the flooding that the New England area suffered, but we got our share. Now that the groundwater has stopped trickling or pouring in its time to think about what’s next. The next is, if you didn’t get the water damage impacted areas completely dry within 48-72 hours, you’ve got mold growing. The keyword is completely dry. Many property owners have the sense to wet vac up the standing water, rip up the water soaked carpet & padding and turn the fans on. What is often overlooked in finished basements is how water may have wicked up behind the gypsum wallboard and into the insulation. These interstitial cavities can stay wet for weeks and that is just what mold needs to start growing – often unseen. Other areas that require attention are under base cabinets, enclosed steps or anywhere that the circulating air can’t get to. Of course, you should have been running dehumidifiers along with the fans. You might think that is a given but when it comes to mold remediation, there are no givens.
It’s important to remember that basements dry in, not out. High vapor pressure (moisture) is driven to lower vapor pressures. This resulting force of nature will have the moisture migrating up through the floor and through the walls all the time. There is no way a hole dug in the ground and a foundation put into place can dry to the constant 54-55 degree ground even during a drought. So, monitoring relative humidity and controlling it via dehumidification in the spring and summer is a must for almost all foundations.
You add in excessive amounts of water from unusually large snowstorms and a wet spring and you’ve got the perfect recipe for mold growth to occur.
If you didn’t comprehend these principles before, which the average layperson wouldn’t, then you’re probably noticing things like musty odors (a sure sign that mold is growing) or seeing signs of visible mold growth. You might be suffering allergic type symptoms another sign of mold growth and the need for mold testing and mold remediation.
You might be able to clean up the mold growth yourself after mold testing and evaluation by a competent environmental consultant with a background in mold remediation.
Call Advanced Mold Diagnostics for a free telephone consultation to determine what you might need.
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