Basements are the perfect habitat for mold growth and mildew because they thrive in damp, dark and humid places. They can grow on any type of surface including wood, paper, linen, carpet, drywall and concrete floors. Mold spores are airborne, creating a musty odor and causing serious respiratory issues for the elderly and small children. That’s why it is important to waterproof your Pittsburgh, PA home. Waterproofing your basement will not only guard your home against mold growth, it can prevent water damage and foundation problems in the future.
There are several types of mold, but the most dangerous kind is black mold. Black mold emits harmful toxins in the air, causing health problems for people with comprised immune systems and severe allergies. Some symptoms of mold exposure may include such ailments as eye irritation, allergic reactions, skin irritations, and fever. You may also experience breathing problems such as wheezing, nasal congestion, asthma conditions, and shortness of breath.
Long-term exposure to mold and mildew can cause chronic lung disease and infections such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis. If you suddenly develop respiratory issues after spending time in the basement, it may be a reaction to mold. The best solution is to have your basement inspected by our professionals. We have the skills and expertise to fully assess your home for signs of water intrusion and moisture.
To prevent mold and mildew in your basement, our professionals offer several solutions for your home. First, we locate the source of the water entry by checking for poor drainage, clogged gutters, plumbing leaks, and soil-related issues. Too much water can create pressure against the foundation walls, causing cracks in the foundation. Hot, dry conditions, such as droughts, can create soil shrinkage under the foundation and form voids under the foundation. Working drains and gutters help control the flow of water away from the foundation, so make sure your gutters aren’t filled with debris and leaves. Install the proper downspouts extensions to direct the flow of water away from your foundation. Since maturing tree roots dehydrate the soil under your foundation, they should not be planted too close to your home.
If foundation issues aren’t the cause of your moisture problems, then we can install an adequate basement waterproofing system. We’ll also check your sump pumps to make sure they are working correctly. We offer the following waterproofing methods:
These waterproofing methods are designed to prevent the risk of basement flooding, improve the overall air quality, water seepage and eliminate mold growth in your home. They direct the flow of water away from the home and seal out moisture before it enters. We also offer Santa Fe Dehumidifiers to keep your basement comfortable and dry. These dehumidifiers will keep your humidity levels below 50% to improve the indoor air quality of your home. This will not only keep your home free of dust mites, mold, and bacteria, but also cooler and more comfortable. For quality dehumidifiers in Pennsylvania and Ohio, call Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services today.
If you discover mold or mildew in your basement or crawlspace, don’t ignore it. The problem will only get worse over time. Foundation crack repair can also help prevent mold growth by sealing off any water entry points inside your home. Contact the professionals at Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services in Ohio and PA. We are the waterproofing specialist for all of your water-related needs. Contact us today for a free estimate.