Twin Cities: Wet Basements and Risk of Black Mold
You want to keep your family healthy. But black mold – Stachyybotyrs chartarum – is common in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
That’s because of the area’s heavy rains which could be seeping into your basement. Even a little moisture can create the breeding ground for mold. The odds are that has already happened if your family is having respiratory problems, nausea, fatigue, and headaches.
The good news is that we at AAA Reick know how that water is entering your property and how we can prevent that in the future.
A dry basement is a prerequisite for a healthy home.
Here are the 3 ways to make sure your house is healthy.
Sealing Cracks and Holes in the Foundation
Water takes many paths on its way to your basement. The way you might not suspect is through the foundation block’s cracks and holes. No, you might not be able to see all of them. Some are hidden beneath the surface. When there is an opening the water heads downward and right to the floor of the basement. It might take days for all the moisture to evaporate. Meanwhile, mold can be releasing spores that your family can be inhaling. AAA Reick will seal up those “passageways.”
Reinforcing Egress Window Wells
The windows that building codes require for your basement are to make that space livable, light, and airy. Also they, that is egress (as in “exit”) windows, provide an escape in case of fire. But those egress window wells as well as smaller and lower windows can fill up with water. That could flow into your basement. You then have to deal with anything from moisture to a minor flood. We will inspect those windows for you and prevent them from being “collection sites” for rainwater.
Regrading to Ensure Optimum Drainage
Your problem might have begun with the property’s original landscaping and construction. For example, shrubs and flower beds might have been planted to slope back toward the house. That directs the water toward the basement. In the construction design, the very foundation, as well as the walkways and the patios, might also slope in the wrong way, that is, in direction of the house. We at AAA Reick are experts in regrading all aspects of that outside source of trouble.
You owe it to your family to have us at AAA Reick inspect your basement for mold. Time is not on your side. Quickly the situation could become life-threatening such as an attack on the lungs. If we find mold we will provide you an estimate for removal and ensuring that your basement will stay dry. Please call 612-369-6626 for a complimentary consultation.