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It’s Springtime and the Battle Begins!

  1. The first battle is adjusting to losing an hour of sleep with daylight savings time.
  2. The next battle is deciding which items to keep and which items to throw away for spring cleaning.
  3. When and at what temperature should you turn on the AC?

Now, the flowers start to bloom, and leaves begin to fill the tree branches, and you start to see insects. Call the exterminator now!

Whether you know this or not, there is an entire ecology around moisture. When it comes to your home or office, moisture attracts insects. Insects come to your home for a source of water and then start breeding in your home and lay their eggs. Whatever eats the insects begin to come, like mice and rats. Then, whatever eats mice/rat begins to come as well.

  1. The first step in this battle to control moisture in your home is to check with your family members to see if anyone has symptoms of mold, AKA allergies. Are these allergy symptoms more intense when you come home or when you go to work? Do you smell something in your basement, closet, or bedroom? (please a previous written article on smells called, “Do you smell that too? What is that smell?”) It’s time to swap clothing and put your winter clothing away and get your warmer weather clothing out. Are you noticing spots or a dust-like coating on your shoes or clothing?
  2. The second battle is to inspect the areas of your home that you do not normally inspect like your attic, crawlspace, basement, or storage areas. If you do not want to check these areas yourself, most companies like Micro Clean Restoration will come and inspect your home for free.

Here are some areas to inspect:

Attic: Stand in your attic and see if you can see your attic floor beams. If you can, you do not have enough attic insulation. The lack of insulation can cause condensation to occur. The insulation in your attic is meant to keep your inside temperature in and outside temperature from meeting your inside air in your attic. When hot air and cold air meet, condensation (moisture) will occur and become a source of water for insects and rodents.

Under Kitchen or Bathroom Sink: Move all the bottles of cleaners and shampoo out of the way. Do you see any signs of leaks from the sink above? Do you have white, green, or black powdery growth under your sink?

Closets: In your clothing closet, do your clothes have a white or green substance on them? If so, it may not be dust? Utility closets, look on the walls to see if you see any white, green, or black growth growing on the walls. Utility closets should have louvered doors so air can circulate behind the door.

Crawlspace: Nothing is better than a full inspection of your crawlspace by a Micro Clean Restoration mold/moisture professional. But when do you call us?

  • Open your crawlspace door and if you have insulation on your crawlspace ceiling drooping down, call Micro Clean Restoration for a free inspection.
  • Whether you have insulation on your crawlspace ceiling or not, do you see a white, green, black powdery haze on your crawlspace beams or floorboards? If so, call Micro Clean Restoration for a free inspection.
  • Do you see damp dirt floor or pools of water on your crawlspace floor?

Do you smell (please a previous written article on smells called, “Do you smell that too? What is that smell?”) an unpleasant odor coming from your crawlspace?

If all or any one of these are present in your crawlspace, please give us a call (678-404-5726) or and homeowners and businesses can schedule a free inspection at: click here.

Basements: Basements can be finished or unfinished.

In an unfinished basement, look at the cement or cinderblock walls. If you see a white powdery substance on your cement or cinderblock walls, it may be efflorescence. Efflorescence indicates that moisture behind the cement or cinderblock wall is seeping repeatedly into your basement or crawlspace and is slowly drying and rewetting into your basement. Uncontrolled moisture can cause the relative humidity in the basement to increase, and uncontrolled moisture causes mold.

Check beams and floorboards for white or black powdery substance. Normally, the boards closest to the first-floor beams and the boards nearest to the floor are easiest to spot discoloration.

Finished basements are harder to visibly detect microbial growth because the walls are typically covered with drywall, so you must go to the areas of your basement that are not typically finished, like utility or storage closets. Check to see if there are any signs of efflorescence on the cement or cinderblock walls. Check baseboards, especially in corners of the basements to see if there are any black or brown areas on the baseboards. If so, this may be a sign that moisture is seeping into your basement.

Whether your basement is finished or unfinished, all basements should have a proper industrial dehumidifier or an air replacement ventilation system running all year round to control the relative humidity.

Mold grows in basements where the relative humidity is at 55% and higher. Basements humidity should be beneath 55%.

Please keep in mind that there is mold that you can see and mold that can’t be seen, which is why it is important to have your home or office inspected and tested by a mold professional that can inspect your home or office thoroughly, test, and send your samples to a certified laboratory where a microbiologist/hygienist will evaluate.

When we test, we use a machine that replicates your breathing in the air of the area being tested and compare that air with outside air. The air inside your home should have less mold than because your home air is controlled with filters through your HVAC system. We also use surface test to help to see if mold is present or not present on a surface.

In short, if the moisture in your home is not controlled with proper insulation, crawlspace encapsulation, waterproofing, and dehumidification, an entire ecology (starting with insects) can coexist in your home or office, which can lead to mold. By no means are we implying that pest control services are not warranted but are saying that if moisture is not controlled in your home or office, unwanted ecology and mold are inevitable. Pest control will help with your pests and Micro Clean Restoration will help you control moisture and repair any damage sustained from moisture.

It is not clean, unless it is Micro Clean!

Please give us a call (678-404-5726) or you can schedule a free inspection at: click here.


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