Do you have mold in the basement of your South Bend, Fort Wayne, Plymouth, Warsaw, Auburn, or Marion home? If so, then you likely have excessive moisture and humidity found here, as well. A&M SafeBasements has been working in the basement waterproofing business for years now and we make use of SafeBasements™ waterproofing systems. Mold in your basement doesn't just look bad, but it can also cause a variety of health problems for you, your family, and even your pets!
What is Mold and Why Do I Have It?
We get a lot of phone calls and e-mails from homeowners who want to know,"What is mold?" Mold is a fungus that needs three things to grow and survive. It needs moisture, high humidity levels, and some kind of organic material to feed off of. In a basement environment, the organic material is often storage boxes, carpet, rugs, curtains, old clothes, picture albums, and so on. These are, needless to say, things that you don't want to get ruined - especially by ugly mold! If you see any dark green or black substances growing on the walls, floors, or on any boxes or objects inside your basement, it's likely mold. Do not touch it with bare hands since the spores could get on your hands and then on other items that you touch.
What to look for:
- Smells musty - similar to old, dirty gym socks
- Grows on basement walls, floors, boxes, storage containers, pictures, clothes, holiday decorations, etc.
- Dark green or black in color
- May look "fuzzy"
Health Problems the Fungus Can Cause
- Skin rashes
- Allergic reactions
- Asthma attacks
- Breathing problems
- Coughing and cold/flu-like symptoms
Fixing the Problem
To take care of the problem, the moisture and humidity problems will need to be addressed. We can install a waterproofing system to keep water at bay underneath your home, and we can also install a dehumidifier which will be able to control the amount of moisture found in the air (humidity). Both can be installed quickly, with minimal disruption to your daily life, and for a price that you can afford.
Please feel free to call us or contact us online for more information today, and we can schedule a time for a consultation in your home.