Fact: Mold, mildew and fungus are all thriving in and around your home. It’s true and much of that material can be dangerous to your home and you. Although the majority of the more troublesome molds are often kept at bay from natural causes, more serious molds can thrive if certain conditions are met. Black mold, wood rotting fungus and smelly mildew are all possible in your home when underground water problems are at large. While all three of these organisms are dangerous in their own right, they all have one basic flaw in their design-reduce the moisture and reduce the colony. Even though removing all of the moisture from around your home may prove impossible, you can certainly deal with the majority of it from the exterior of your home.
If you spot any mold, mildew or fungus growth around your homes foundation; don’t wait for more serious problems to occur before you take action. Call a licensed and insured underground leak detection company like Southern Leak Detection right away to find all of your underground water problems so you can prevent the water intrusion that so often is the cause of serious mold infestation problems.
In many cases, mold can grow and spread beyond your foundation walls. Once mold, fungus and mildew have a chance to spread to your homes joists, flooring and insulation that rests atop of the foundation, it can enter your home within hours. Mold spores can easily wick through insulation and into air ducts where they will quickly infiltrate your home. If black mold is allowed to form, it can cause respiratory problems, health issues-and in extreme cases; even death!
When irrigation lines or a home’s plumbing/sewage line leaks underground, it can remain undetected for years. Water buildup in the soil can easily create hydronic pressure that forces water to enter through your homes concrete foundation. In some cases, concrete materials can sweat lime, creating a perfect breeding ground for mold, mildew and fungus that slowly begins to break the bond of the concrete apart, ensuring cracking sagging and crumbling foundations are soon at hand.
Hiring an underground leak detection company will help ensure that any underground utility leaks are found fast, so they can be repaired before more serious damages have a chance to occur from mold or mildew in your home.
French Drainage and Waterproofing Membranes
When underground water problems are caused by more than just a leaky plumbing pipe, more drastic measures may need to be taken. If your water table is high, you may experience problems with moldy foundations. Before mold infestation has a chance to do more serious damages, it’s wise to install a waterproofing membrane on your basement or foundation walls and install a French drainage system to wick the underground water away from your home.
Many waterproofing membranes are applied directly to the side of your concrete foundation with a simple paint roller cover and can be done by just about anyone handy with a shovel and a paint roller. Frank Easton out of Birmingham, Alabama is a freelance writer who frequently writes for Leak Detection Birmingham al
which provides the services needed for any homeowner to securely find and fix leaks to their home.