Thunderstorms are common throughout the spring and early summer, many of which may cause localized flooding,
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) March 30, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage restoration and mold removal services in the country, is offering basement mold prevention tips for homeowners in advance of what is predicted to be a very active and wet thunderstorm season.
Thunderstorms are common throughout the spring and early summer, many of which may cause localized flooding, which in turn can have adverse effects on basements and other low lying locations in homes and businesses. Once water damage is established, the stage is set for the rapid development of mold, mildew, and other toxins.
Restoration Local encourages homeowners to execute the best defense through effective offense, which means being proactive and taking steps to protect the home’s basement from the threat of mold.
Airflow and circulation are key to mold prevention. Through proper ventilation, stale or overly moist air is removed and fresh air is brought in. Fans, blowers, and dehumidifiers may be utilized to increase proper air circulation through the basement.
Basements that are frequently damp may indicate an exterior problem, so proper drainage should be determined. Rain water should drain away from the home, and perimeter drains may be installed around the foundation to aid in correct drainage flow.
Any leaks in the basement should be promptly treated and the area completely dried out. It only takes about 72 hours for mold to appear following a water damage problem, so time is of the essence.
Dehumidifier units may be run throughout the year to maintain proper humidity levels in the basement, but are especially useful on hot and humid summer days. Condensation may appear on plumbing and duct work, and if it drips onto wood or paper products, mold will develop rapidly. Pipes may also need insulation to protect them from condensation development.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration and mold removal in the US, with service in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.