New Jersey Basement Mold Removal
Many New Jersey homes have basements. Basement mold growth is very common because basements are damp and have poor air circulation. Flooding, failed sump pumps, plumbing leaks, high humidity and wet concrete all contribute to conditions ideal for mold growth. Once mold takes hold in your basement, it can spread quickly.
Mastertech’s NJ based basement mold removal professionals can inspect your basement to identify any potential basement mold problem and develop a safe and effective basement mold removal solution. Once your basement mold is removed, we’ll make recommendations for preventing mold from regrowing in the future.
Why Do You Have Mold In Your Basement?
Mold needs two things to grow: food and water. Mold eats wood, paper, cardboard and cloth. Between the high potential for unwanted moisture and the amount of exposed wood and stored contents, it’s no wonder that basement mold is so prevalent in NJ.
Issues that increase the chance of basement mold growth:
- High humidity – over 55RH%
- Leaking foundation walls
- Plumbing leaks
- Poor air circulation
- HVAC duct condensation
Can Basement Mold affect your health?
Yes. Some people may have stronger reactions to basement mold than others. Depending on your immune system, the amount of time exposed and the species of mold, health effects can range from allergenic symptoms to immunosuppressive and carcinogenic affects. Many mold species can negatively affect children and adults. Since many NJ basements contain HVAC components like air conditioners, ducts and furnaces, much of the air from your basement is circulated throughout the entire home. We always recommend a thorough duct cleaning as part of every mold removal process.
Basement Mold Inspection Process
Visual Assessment– The Mastertech Mold Inspector will complete a thorough visual inspection to determine any conditions that contribute to mold growth in your basement, cellar or crawlspace. We will provide you with a complete report of our findings.
Moisture Mapping– Your inspector will carefully map out the damp or wet areas of your basement to determine where water or moisture could be infiltrating.
Moisture Meters- Moisture meters allow us to read the moisture content of building materials in your basement including wood, concrete and drywall. Moisture locked within porous building materials like foundation walls can go unnoticed while contributing to a high humidity environment conducive to mold growth.
Thermal Imaging- Your mold inspector will be analyzing the temperature difference between wet and dry materials. Thermal imaging will allow your inspector to clearly identify all wet areas and their source.
Basement Mold Testing– Surface and/or air quality tests will provide scientific data that will confirm or deny the presence, type and presence of active growth of mold. If mold is confirmed in your basement, the test results will help your inspector figure out the most appropriate course of action to resolve the mold issue.
Report of Findings– After completing your basement mold inspection in NJ, Mastertech will compile a clear report that outlines all results and findings. If necessary, your inspector will present you with a detailed scope of work for a safe and effective basement mold remediation.