For some Toronto homeowners, the winter months bring with them a sense of dread because of melting snow or ice buildup that can cause basement flooding and dampness.
If your basement foundation isn’t in the best condition, water runoff can end up in your basement and lead to water damage and constant dampness – optimum conditions for mold growth. The musty smell that often accompanies damp basements can also mean that there is a significant mold problem. These mold problems cause serious indoor air quality issues for Greater Toronto Area homeowners. Unfortunately, the cold temperatures that the winter months also bring don’t stop mold growth or kill mold infestations. If you do have a damp basement or chronic basement moisture issues, a mold inspection is a wise investment – not only for your family’s health, but to maintain the structural integrity of your home.
Mold can eat away at water-damaged drywall, wood and other home materials, causing irreparable structural damage if the infestation is not caught in time. Mold also releases spores that can aggravate allergies and asthma, contribute to respiratory issues and – in some species – be downright toxic.
Winter also may not always be to blame for a damp basement: improper ventilation throughout the home or high humidity upstairs can also result in basement dampness. If your basement is damp throughout the year, a mold inspection may also be able to help you pinpoint the source of any mold as well as the cause of moisture intrusion or water damage. In the long run, this can save homeowners money by preventing wasted funds on unnecessary basement repairs that don’t fix the actual cause of the moisture intrusion or mold growth.
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