Mold FAQ: What Should I Know About Mold in my Home?

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Mold spores are pretty much unavoidable. You may not be able to see them, but mold spores are in the air we breathe and most likely somewhere in your home. That may or may not become a larger issue for you and your family. If you don’t know much about mold, you’re not alone. Read on to learn the answers to the most frequently asked questions from homeowners about mold in their homes and what they should do about it. Continue reading “Mold FAQ: What Should I Know About Mold in my Home?”

Prepare Your Basement for Spring Showers

March is here, and springtime is just around the corner. Trust us; we are excited about the warmer weather too. Despite the excitement for sunshine and flowers, one thing we all know to be true is with springtime comes rain showers.
Rainy and wet weather can mean a potential flooding mess in your basement. Water from rainstorms, or even water from melted snow, can make its way into your basement through poor sealing or cracks in your foundation. Water entering in your house can cause damage to your walls, carpet, and furniture. Having a sump pump in your home can help keep your basement free of water damage.
How a sump pump works is that it removes water that accumulates in what is called a sump basin. The sump basin is found in basements, and they collect flowing groundwater or drain water. A sump pump is installed to make sure the basin doesn’t overflow, which makes your basement and your home dry and free of any water damage.
If your basement is more susceptible to flooding, owning a sump pump is crucial when trying to prevent floods from happening in your basement. If you do have a sump pump, it is always a good idea to have an inspection of your sump pump done before springtime. You should also make sure that the valve is clear of dirt and debris and any obstructions from discharge line are cleared away.
We can prepare our homes for potential water damage as much as we want. However, disasters can happen when we least expect it, and these situations are never pleasant to deal with. If you and your family have to deal with unfortunate water damage in your basement due to flooding, Hays + Sons is here to help whenever you need us.

Do You Have a Mold Problem?

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Mold can silently be growing in your home, and you might not know it until it becomes a big headache for you. Mold can occur in rooms that have been through any water damage situations from plumbing issues, a leak in your roof or from the results of a flood. It can develop behind drywall, underneath carpeting or in wood materials.
People don’t realize how much of an effect mold can have on our bodies or health. Some mold can be poisonous and filled with chemicals known as mycotoxins, that can contaminate your body and distress your immunity system, your joints, and your nervous system.
There are warning signs that you can keep a look out for before mold takes over your home.
Strong odor
When the mold is growing and spreading in one area of your home, you may notice a strong and pungent smell. Because mold can grow behind walls or even wallpaper, you might not associate the smell with mold. If the odor is persistent and does not go away, the chances are that mold is growing somewhere in your home.
Appearance of mold
It is easier to spot mold in your shower or bathtub because you can easily tell the difference between soap scum and mold. However, in your basement, it may be more difficult to spot mold because it can hide and grow in deep, dark places. If you have any walls or floors that are regularly wet areas, mold can easily be growing in these areas.
Health symptoms
If you’re noticing that you are more congested than usual or experiencing watery eyes, these health issues are also signs of a mold presence. You may be living in a home filled with mold if your symptoms go away once you leave your house, and only appear when you are at home.
A small amount of mold will not cause any serious issues or major health problems, so knowing the early warning signs of mold will help you avoid unfortunate situations. If you do find mold in your home, Hays + Sons is here with our trained experts that will work through our mold removal and remediation process to ensure your home is safe for you and your family.