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Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 by Pat Baldo
It’s Time to Raise Awareness in Your Area.
The month of May, set aside as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, is peak season for asthma and allergy conditions making it the perfect time to educate homeowners about mold prevention and the critical part it plays in controlling these diseases.
Molds are microscopic organisms that thrive in damp, dark conditions just like those found in basements and crawl spaces. These mold spores can feed on organic matter such as dust, dirt, insulation, and drywall. As mold spore populations explode in a matter of hours and become airborne, they mix with the natural bottom-to-top air flow in a house, and are in the very same air families are breathing. The unhealthy air creates and aggravates asthma and allergy reactions.
To avoid this from occurring, the best defense is moisture and mold prevention; that begins with dry conditions in the basement and crawl space. The importance of dry and low humid environments cannot be stressed enough as the way to fight mold and its aftermath of asthmatic and allergic symptoms. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends maintaining a humidity level below 50% for crawl spaces to prevent water condensation on building materials. A level of between 30% and 50% is suggested for the home itself.
One of the key ingredients in a moisture control system is the dehumidifier being used in the basement and crawl space. Choose and use one carefully. The space first should be sealed off from outside air; a dehumidifier will not work effectively in a vented space. For ease of use, choose one that is self-draining so daily monitoring of the captured water is unnecessary. For energy cost savings and efficiency, be sure the dehumidifier you select is sufficiently powerful to get the job done.
A moisture control system, of course, means a comprehensive plan for the home and can include basement waterproofing, crawl space repair, sump pump installation, and foundation repair. Obtaining customized solutions specific to your home is the best route to pursue, assuring the health of your family every month of the year.
Complete Basement Systems is the local basement and crawl space contractor servicing Denver, Littleton, Aurora and surrounding towns. They are part of a national network of more than 300 basement waterproofing specialists with access to the highest quality products and services.