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November’s Breathe Healthy Initiative Topic: Wet Basements and Crawlspaces

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IS YOUR BASEMENT or CRAWLSPACE suffering from overexposure to moisture?

In the case where a crawlspace has been infiltrated with water over a period of 12 hours or longer, mold remediation is crucial to bring the area back to a safe condition prior to any waterproofing or mitigation.

Most likely, whether visible or not, after an area has remained damp or moist for a period of time, a mold contamination may exist. Remember mold remediation is futile unless the source of the moisture has been addressed. Otherwise, the next high humidity, moisture, or water event will bring the mold right back.

Addressing water-control / moisture-control and mold go hand-in-hand.

To learn more, to join our BREATHE HEALTHY Initiative, or to request a copy of our BREATHE HEALTHY e-book, visit baxtergroupinc.com/healthy.

November’s Breathe Healthy Initiative Topic: Wet Basements and Crawlspaces

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DEHUMIDIFIER IS YOUR BASEMENT’S BEST FRIEND!

A proper dehumidification system will include a system to capture the water produced and exhaust it to the outside so there is no dependence of building occupants or maintenance personnel to empty the dehumidifier.

Between vacations and distractions, the chances are that there would be times when the dehumidifier was not emptied in a timely fashion. Such events would lead to high humidity episodes, which leads to opportunities for mold growth.

To learn more, to join our BREATHE HEALTHY Initiative, or to request a copy of our BREATHE HEALTHY e-book, visit baxtergroupinc.com/healthy.

SO, WE’VE GOT A WET BASEMENT or CRAWLSPACE! WHERE DO WE START? – PART I

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Having a full assessment is the wisest move.  Stories are rampant of building owners who have paid for extensive and expensive waterproofing systems … only to find that by making other water-control repairs they could have avoided installation of such a system.

Needed gutter repairs is a great example:  The rainwater pours off the roof, around and through the deteriorating gutter system, down the foundation wall of the building and right into the newly installed French drains.  However, if the gutters had been repaired, the need for the French drains would have been eliminated.

In performing a full assessment, all sources of water are being identified, whether they are coming from landscaping issues, issues with the exterior systems of the building, or issues with the interior systems of the building.

To learn more, to join our BREATHE HEALTHY Initiative, or to request a copy of our BREATHE HEALTHY e-book, visit baxtergroupinc.com/healthy.

November’s Breathe Healthy Initiative Topic: Wet Basements and Crawlspaces

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Maintaining the overall health of a basement or crawlspace is crucial to the health of a building.  The structural components of a building are equivalent to the bone system of our body – the basement or crawlspace is equivalent to the pelvis and lower back. When the pelvis or lower back are injured or deteriorating, it affects the body’s overall health. The same is true with a basement and crawlspaces.

This fact has been confirmed by tracer gas studies, which documented that a building’s crawlspace or basement communicates with the occupied spaces above. Approximately 40% of the air in our buildings originates from these areas.

To learn more, to join our BREATHE HEALTHY Initiative, or to request a copy of our BREATHE HEALTHY e-book, visit baxtergroupinc.com/healthy.

TIPS FOR MOLD PREVENTION

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  • REACT immediately to a water, moisture, or high humidity event Immediately clean up water leaks or spills indoors
  • Address the cause of any condensation on windows or pipes
  • Control humidity by keeping it between 35-45%
  • Increase ventilation or air movement by opening doors and/or windows or use fans when humidity nears 55%
  • Use dehumidifiers in at-risk areas
  • Establish humidity monitors in at-risk areas and check regularly
  • Fix plumbing leaks immediately
  • Scrub visible mold off of hard surfaces
  • Clean and repair roof gutters and down spouts regularly
  • Landscape ground and sidewalks away from the building foundation
  • Clean air conditioning drip pans regularly
  • Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers, stoves, and kerosene heaters. Exhaust to the outdoors where possible
  • Run the bathroom exhaust fan during showers plus twenty minutes
  • Use exhaust fans when cooking, running the dishwasher or other moisture creating tasks
  • Dispose of porous materials in which mold has rooted (ceiling tiles, carpet, drywall).
  • When removing mold contaminated components, if disposal requires moving through non-contaminated areas, bag the components so as not to cross-contaminate other areas in the building.
  • Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces without first cleaning the surface and ridding it of the mold colonies.
  • Minimize clutter. Mold spores get trapped in the clutter and will lay dormant until a moisture events occurs.

Mold-Specific Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction

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Buying a house?

This mold test can be very valuable!

Mold-Specific Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (MSQPCR) is a fast and highly accurate DNA-based analytical method for identifying and quantifying molds. MSQPCR methods can determine the genus and species level of molds. It was developed by scientists at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to detect and quantify molds associated with indoor air quality problems.

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Odor Control

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Mold has many smells.

 

Step One: Find the Source!

Air freshers, disinfectant sprays, candles etc. only cover up the source of a mold issue. You may think your house is clean after smelling the Sea Breeze candle, but the cause of that mystery odor must be found and eliminated or the environment is unhealthy.

Mold is very good at hiding.

Mold can grow inside walls, under carpets, inside heating and ventilation ducts, and more.

Step Two: Remove the Source!

You just found mold under your carpet? Rip it out! Some areas contaminated with a mold colony can be cleaned to remove the mold, but some materials must be thrown away. These include porous materials such as:

  • Carpeting
  • Cardboard
  • Mattresses
  • Box Springs
  • Padding
  • Stuffed animals
  • Upholstered furnishings

Other materials:

  • Paper products such as books and albums
  • Food

Step Three: Clean the Air!

Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. A visible mold colony can be removed but the spores are still in the air. The spores can survive in harsher, drier conditions than a colony, and if moisture returns, the spores can regenerate a colony. A mold contamination is not remedied until the spores have been eliminated.

If you can’t find it, remove it, contact us for an investigation or mold removal:

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