What is a Basement Inspection?
Typically, a basement inspection is done as part of a regular home inspection. However, some homeowners need to know the cause of basement moisture and take care of the problem. A professional inspector will be able to locate the issue and save you money before your waterproofing project. The end result will be peace of mind knowing you are safe from any issues that a basement can bring.
About Complete Detail
Complete Detail is the Miami Valley’s Official basement inspection service. Consequently, we are proud to assist home and business owners with disasters large and small. Further, Complete Detail has been proudly providing service to our community for over 15 years. Allow our friendly and knowledgeable team to assist you through the headache of basement mold. If you are concerned how mold will affect your family, you are not alone. Complete Detail has been helping families just like yours through similar problems. Reach out, and give us a call! We always look forward to hearing from you. (937) 507-2927
Why Do I Need a Basement Inspection?
A basement is a perfect place for mold to thrive. Mold is known to aggravate or create allergy like symptoms in some individuals. If you have underlying health issues, mold may effect you as well. Therefore, it is important to get mold under control as soon as possible. A basement inspection is vital in the process because it helps to determine the root cause of moisture, which is the cause of mold growth. Call Complete Detail today if you would like a basement inspection to rid your home of mold! We are available at (937) 507-2927.
How an Inspection is Performed
Check Walls for Cracking and Water Leaks– Examine carefully walls to see if you find any areas that water could leak through. If you find a small crack, make sure to keep an eye on it and make sure it’s not expanding. However, if a large crack is found, contact a basement expert to fix the issue and prevent future problems.
Inspect Finished Basements After Heavy Rain– Due to the fact that finished basement floors and walls are often covered, inspecting them for leaks is difficult. Therefore, after a heavy rain, see if water is coming through. A good place to start are corners of your basement. As silly as it sounds, try smelling around your basement to see if you detect any musty scent behind your walls. If you suspect mold, it is wise to call a professional.
Examine Sump Pump– Since sump pumps keep water out of a basement, it is important they keep running. If water isn’t removed, pressure builds around the foundation and can lead to a flooded basement. It is suggested to check sump pumps every six months.
Check for Mold– Basements are dark and moist, therefore, mold can grow in this environment. Often, mold is white, black of yellow and has a texture like “cotton”. Often, mold has a musty, wet smell that is very distinctive. If mold is found, a mold remediation company will help you handle the issue.
Keep an Eye Out for Pests– Racoons, insects, squirrels are among the many pests people find in their basements. If you don’t see the pest themselves, lookout for warning signs. For example, chewed wires or wood, nests, droppings, or dead insects. If you see an infestation, it is good to call an exterminator as soon as possible.
Dangers Of Black Mold in Basement
Usually, any type of mold in a home can cause serious health issues. This is especially true if you suffer from any respiratory illness. Unfortunately, black mold can be found pretty much anywhere in your home. However, the basement is especially prone to growth. This is because of the chief conditions for its growth present in either an unfinished or a finished basement. However, any area that has a high moisture content, poor ventilation, and is dark can be a breeding ground for mold. Since the basement is often the part of a home that goes unkempt, mold can grow for a longer period of time without anyone noticing it’s there. Therefore, it is important to regularly inspect a basement for mold specifically.
Not everyone suffers from exposure to black mold. But for those who are vulnerable to it (people with respiratory illnesses like asthma) the complications can be very troublesome. However, it is important for all to identify the potential hazards that come from having mold growing in your home. Most common side effects are nasal congestion, wheezing, skin irritations, and eye inflammation to fever and shortness of breath, or even fungal infections of the lungs
Health issues are not the only difficulties that come from mold. It can also cause damage to the integrity of your building. Mold can weaken bearing walls and beams. Therefore, mold can compromise your entire home, not just the basement where it is growing. So, you see, mold is a very serious issue that needs to be identified and then taken care of in a timely and professional manner.
Call Trusted Mold Removal Experts!
At Complete Detail, we not only inspect your basement for mold, but we have to tools, know-how, experience and certifications to remove it. If you need our help in this area, call (937) 507-2927. We are the best in the trade and have a certified team who will get the job done!
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Basement Mold Prevention
We have covered how dangerous mold can be, not only to you personally, but to the overall integrity of your home or business. We also know there are professionals who can rid your property of a mold infestation. The next step is knowing how to prevent mold in the first place. One excellent way is putting a dehumidifier in your basement. If your basement simply has poor ventilation or you’ve recently discovered a leak and are trying to get your basement’s level of humidity back to normal, a dehumidifier can be an invaluable tool in basement mold prevention. The higher the humidity in the air, the higher levels of moisture. Recall that for mold to grow, high levels of moisture must be present. So, by taking moisture out of the equation, the risk for mold becomes much lower.
How Much Does a Basement Inspection Cost?
A recent study from Angies List had this to say about the cost of an inspection: ” A foundation inspection by a structural engineer costs between $350-$1,000. It’s a big expense, but inspections deliver long-term value. These professionals can spot issues early that might need costly repairs later.” It is clear that any expense toward an inspection will be of benefit to your home for years to come.
Choose a Certified Team of Professionals
The IICRC is a certification and educational organization for restoration and cleaning industries. Complete Detail is proudly certified through the IICRC and exhibit the organization’s five key values on every project. The IICRC’s five key values are respect, responsibility, integrity, excellence, and expertise. This certification puts our customers at ease because they know they can trust us. We have been certified by the best and we give of our best in your behalf. Allow our team of experts to help you with your basement inspection or mold problem. We are always happy to help!
If interested in our services, call (937) 507-2927. If you would like to make a fast and easy appointment, you may also wish to visit our Contact Us web page. Our team of experts are always willing to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!