If you have ever had your basement flooded you could be dealing with more than just water damage. For anyone who has had to pump water from a flooded basement (a not uncommon occurrence in this area) should also know about the potentially lingering problem that can cause serious health issues… mold.
Even if your flood was small, your basement is still at risk for becoming a breeding ground for mold spores. Mold can grow in just one inch of water. As long as there is enough humidity inside, mold spores can attach to surfaces and begin to grow. Mold spores can attach to almost anything, from drywall to carpeting.
Mold can be harmful to your health and those health effects can be even worse if you are allergic to it. Mold spores can become airborne and irritate eyes, nose, skin and airways. Mold will start to grow in a damp area of your basement and eventually release loads of spores tiny enough to float in the air. You can then inhales these airborne spores which can lead to serious health problems.
Flooded basements are among one of the most common reasons mold begins to grow in your home. If your basement floods the most important thing is to take action quickly. Drying out damp areas in 24-48 hours is important to help prevent mold from growing. The longer mold gets warm humid conditions the more real estate it can take over and the more spores it can eventually release into your home.
Moldguys Restoration specialized in the remediation and removal of mold from your home. We also specialize in water damage repair to help prevent mold growth before it happens. Moldguys has the experience and knowledge so you can breathe easier knowing you home and the basement are mold free.
In fact, check out one of our latest jobs in Norton MA. We removed mold and mushrooms from the basement of a home. The basement had mushrooms growing on the walls, so in order to remove these, we used a grinder, as well as wire and brushed the walls. We then used a HEPA VAC on the walls to ensure all traces of mold spores were gone. Finally, we encapsulated the walls with Fiberlock 6,000 (mold paint) to help prevent mold from growing in the future. Check out photos from this job here.
If your basement has recently flooded or you suspect mold in your basement don’t wait, call the trusted professionals at Moldguys restoration today!