I can’t stress enough the importance of inspecting your house on a regular basis. Many people live in unhealthy environment without even knowing they’re endangering not only themselves, but their pets and kids as well.”
BALTIMORE, Md. (PRWEB) March 07, 2012
With the warmer weather approaching, Budget Waterproofing recommends homeowners to examine their houses, especially basements, looking for the signs of mold. If not handled promptly, mold growth might escalate and present a serious health hazard.
According to the recent CBS21 story, some areas of Pennsylvania and Maryland are still dealing with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Lee that hit East Coast past September. Mold is a common complaint among the flood victims, and because many homeowners didn’t have flood insurance, the problem wasn’t dealt with properly.
Budget Waterproofing, a Maryland mold removal and waterproofing service provider, keeps receiving calls from people with flood-related mold issues. “We help many homeowners claim their basements back, and we encourage everyone to examine their houses before it gets too hot and humid outside,” – says Robert Bollinger, the president of Budget Waterproofing.
Mold needs warmth, humidity, and organic matter to grow, according to the National Institute of Building Sciences. Bollinger also added that mild winter in combination with spring rains and warm temperatures will provide excellent conditions for mold to thrive.
“We have provided mold remediation services in Maryland for many years and have developed a checklist to aid our customers in evaluating mold problems,” – said Bollinger. He pointed out that looking for these signs will help determine if professional mold removal help is needed:
- Fogged windows;
- Mold stains on windowsills, at roof line, in tile grout, under carpet and behind wallpaper;
- Mildew or musty odors;
- Dampness, condensation or rusting;
- Worsened allergy symptoms or respiratory conditions.
Bollinger also noted that mold is usually a symptom of some other problem in your house, such as a leak or poor ventilation, which has to be eliminated to prevent or minimize future mold growth. The recent inspection of a police station in Titusville, Fl., has revealed extensive mold infestation caused by plumbing and insulation issues that yield $600,000 in clean up.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there is a direct correlation between mold and dampness in living premises and an increase in several respiratory health outcomes. Twenty one percent of current asthma cases in the United States were caused by poor air quality due to mold and elevated humidity.
Some of the mold spices are toxic and can cause serious health issues and even death after a prolonged exposure, according to the Toxic Black Mold Information Center. These molds emit toxins that may get inhaled or ingested resulting in a range of problems from irritation and difficulty breathing to mood swings and internal organ damage.
“I can’t stress enough the importance of inspecting your house on a regular basis,” – says Bollinger. “Many people live in unhealthy environment without even knowing they’re endangering not only themselves, but their pets and kids as well.”
About Budget Waterproofing:
Baltimore basement waterproofing and mold removal company, Budget Waterproofing has more than 55 years of experience serving commercial and residential customers throughout Maryland. Budget Waterproofing is a member of Better Business Bureau of Maryland, Angie’s List and Maryland Home Improvement Commission. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.budgetbasement.com.