Basement Waterproofing Methods

Posted on

Basement Waterproofing Methods

A wet basement can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. A small leak or amount of water seeping in, may be an indicator of a much larger underlying problem. Moisture in your basement can cause expensive and elaborate repairs from foundation or structural issues to black mold problems. There are solutions to your wet basement and the sooner you act the better. 

Basement Moisture

Basements are a part of the home that are notoriously known for being wet or damp. To correct the issue, you must first determine what is causing the problem. Some of the primary causes for moisture buildup in basements include
1. Improper Drainage Systems & Slope
If rainfall and groundwater cannot drain away correctly it can find its way into the basement. If water isn’t directed away from the home, it will accumulate around the foundation. The ground around your foundation should slope away from your home, not towards it.
2. Gutter Issues
Gutters purpose is to divert water away from your foundation. If they are not installed properly, not extended out far enough or too clogged to function then water will drain around your foundation.
3. Cracks in Your Basement
Cracks in your basement floors or walls are perfect for water to seep in through. Hydrostatic pressure occurs due to water accumulating around your foundation and force water through cracks or creates new ones.


Basement Waterproofing Methods

Comprehensive Mold Management offers interior and exterior basement waterproofing services. Interior consists of all work being completed inside the basement. We excavate around the outside walls, down past the footer which enables us to install the proper drain tile to the sump pump. The drain tile system collects any water that is under your foundation, it diverts it over to the sump pump. The sump pump will pump any excess water out of the basement. In addition, we offer exterior waterproofing which consists of grading, downspout extensions and additional services.

Interior Waterproofing
Interior corrections are made to keep water out and prevent it from coming inside your basement. These methods would be used after an existing problem has been identified. This includes coatings, sump pump installation, drain tile and other interior drainage corrections.

Exterior Waterproofing
Exterior corrections are methods utilized on the outside of the home. The purpose for exterior solutions are to prevent water from coming inside all together. This can include grading, downspout extensions and additional services.

Every basement and home have their own unique situation, therefore examine your basement and outside of your home to see if there are any issues that you notice outwardly. Examine the perimeter of your home to see if the ground is sloped away from your foundation. Also, if you do not have a sump pump in your basement this may be a potential solution for your issue. Regardless, if you can determine the issue or not it is best to contact a professional to come out and analyze your situation and put together a custom plan.

With basement waterproofing issues, it can save you time and money by being proactive and resolving the issue before it even occurs or by catching it earlier on. Therefore, prevention is better than repair if that is possible. By investing in waterproofing your basement, it will result in cost savings in the long run. Your home is your biggest investment and you need to take the necessary steps to protect it. Contact Comprehensive Mold Management to come out and provide a professional opinion on the best resolution to keep your basement dry.

Why Mold Proofing Your Home is a Worthwhile Investment

Posted on

Why Mold Proofing Your Home is a Worthwhile Investment

As a homeowner, there are endless projects and ways that you would rather spend your money, however by mold proofing your home is one of the most worthwhile investments you can make. One of the best ways to deal with mold in the home is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Comprehensive Mold Management has helped many area homeowners and businesses avoid mold problems by preventing them all together. Mold can be not only destructive to your home, but also impact your family’s health. By taking a proactive approach, it will not only save you money, but help protect your home and family.

Utilizing our experience and technology, we can detect and treat areas that are susceptible to mold growth, thus preventing the costlier expense of removing the threat after it happens. We can identify and correct structural or environmental problems before they become the cause of mold. People purchasing a new home are encouraged to mold-proof their property. Home inspectors sometimes miss detecting mold and the buyer is left to deal with the expense of removal and repair.





Why Should I Mold Proof My Home?

Mold can begin growing unexpectedly. You may not even realize that you have a current mold problem or the conditions for mold growth to occur. Mold can occur throughout any area of your home, however common areas are attics and basements, which we do not inspect regularly. Once a mold issue has took root it can be difficult to remove. Mold remediation can be costly, and the longer the problem persists, the more expensive the removal will be.

Mold Prevention is Cheaper than Mold Remediation 

Mold proofing is a relatively simple step that can be taken and is a preventative measure that can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. By having a mold professional evaluate your home for areas with potential moisture problems and by applying a professional mold proof coating. At Comprehensive Mold Management they offer a Lifetime Warranty* wherever their mold proof coating is applied. This can provide peace of mind knowing you will be protected in the future.

Protect Your Home & Your Health

Mold remediation can become quite costly, depending on the amount you have and other factors. In addition to the cost to remediate the mold, the value of your home can be drastically impacted. If you choose to sell your home, mold can be a setback in selling your home, especially if it not remediated by a licensed mold professional. If documentation can be shown that is was remediated by a licensed mold professional, then the new homeowner should not have anything to worry about. Especially, if they offer a transferrable warranty, which Comprehensive Mold Management offers.
Although money and your home are important, your health and your family’s take top priority. Mold can lead to serious health issues. Depending on a person’s sensitivity and immune system is can impact certain people for several years or even the rest of their life. Mold proofing is a great solution to keep your family safe.

Take Control of the Environment

Mold can grow regardless of the temperature, but mold does grow best in warm temperatures with high humidity. You can help control the environment in your home to help prevent mold from growing. By keeping the temperature in the low 70’s and the humidity below 45%. Keep doors and windows closed when it is hot outside. Run your air conditioner (if possible) and dehumidifier to aid in keeping your home cool and dry.

Mold Prevention Services

Comprehensive Mold Management offers mold proofing by applying a professional mold proof coating. In addition, there are several other services that can help prevent mold from occurring.
Mold prevention services we offer include:

Ventilation Services:

Power Vent Installation
Soffit Vent Installation
Box Vent Installation
Bathroom Fan and Ducting Installation

Excavation Services:

French Drains
Drain Tile & Sump Pump Installation
Gutters and Downspouts
Drill Weep Holes

Mold can be a scary and overwhelming issue if you do not take care of it properly, but you can take preventative measures, so it does not have the opportunity to happen in the first place. A few simple measures can be taken to keep your home free of mold. Contact a mold professional to come out and evaluate your home to create a customized plan on how to mold proof your home.


Borax Versus Bleach

Posted on

Borax versus Bleach

Should you clean mold yourself?

We do not recommend for customers to clean mold themselves, unless cleaning it from an item such as clothing or a non-porous item. For areas inside of your home greater than 10 square feet, make sure to contact a professional to handle this for you. It is imperative to not only remove the mold properly, but also rectify the moisture problem. Also, a professional can make sure the proper containment is set up to ensure that the mold spores do not spread to other areas of the home.

There is generally quite the misconception when it comes to cleaning mold yourself. People tend to think they need to use Bleach to clean mold, when it is the exact opposite. Bleach will change the color of your mold to a clear and/or white color, as it would your clothing. Unfortunately, all you have done is to create a biosphere for the mold to grow in and you may have possibly ingested the bleach fumes & airborne mold spores (never healthy). Usually, within three to four months, the mold will return and do so with a vengeance.



What is Borax?

The only product that we recommend to our customers to use in order to remove mold is Borax. We NEVER recommend using Bleach. Borax is unique in the fact that it is a naturally occurring substance.
Borax is a common ingredient in detergents and cosmetics. It is prized for its effectiveness as a cleanser and deodorizer. 

What Are the Advantages to Using Borax?



  • Borax is helpful as a mold killer because of its natural anti-fungal properties. 
  • Borax is chemical-free, does not emit harmful gases, and is significantly safer than other mold killing products.
  • Borax has can be used for multiple purposes including a detergent and cleanser. It is inexpensive and available at most local grocery stores.
  • Borax is not harmful to the environment, in comparison to bleach and other mold cleaning products. 


Why Should I Not Use Bleach?



  • Bleach does not kill all types of mold.
  • Bleach only disinfects the area.
  • Bleach has a shelf life of approximately one year, dependent upon the storage conditions.
  • Bleach is a caustic substance. We Do Not Recommend Its Use in Any Circumstance

If you have any questions about mold growth in your home, call us at 585-235-6182 or visit Comprehensive Mold Management's website for more information at www.compmold.com. 


What to Look Out For When Searching For a Mold Remediation Company

Posted on

What to Look Out for When Searching For a 

Mold Remediation Company

There are many different tactics and sales techniques used when trying to sell home improvement projects such as mold removal. Mold remediation can be a costly expense and you want to make sure that you are hiring an honest, legitimate and experienced company. It is not a project where you just want to go with the cheapest quote, you do not want to cut costs for quality. Here are some tips to keep in mind and questions to ask when searching for a Rochester Environmental or Mold Remediation company:



Ask how many employees work for the company. (You want to check they have staff in house that can complete the mold work versus subcontracting it out.) 
Verify the number of years that they have been in business and the number of years they have been conducting mold remediation. (Many companies have recently just started offering mold remediation. You want to make sure that you are hiring a company that has experience with this type of work, to ensure it is done properly.)
Check to make sure that they are fully ensured and can provide a certificate of insurance.
Conduct a thorough background check by checking online reviews through the BBB, Angie’s List and other reputable sources that can provide reviews and insight into the company. 
Beware of scare tactics. Saying things like; “You Have a Big Problem Here!”  or “Your home isn't safe or healthy to be in.” before they've even done a thorough visual inspection or tested for mold.
Ask the contractor for references from customers that have had similar projects completed. 
Watch out for mold removal companies that only take care of the mold. The quote may be cheaper upfront, but if the moisture issue isn’t resolved, you may face a more severe problem down the road. Comprehensive Mold Management does all the work start to finish. We take care of the moisture issue, remove the mold, and complete any other necessary work that is required.
Inquire to make sure that the company offers a warranty. With cheaper quotes, sometimes there is no warranty associated with the mold remediation. Our work may not be the cheapest, but we do the work correctly. We follow industry standard protocol, so any work we complete is covered with a lifetime warranty* where our mold proof coating is applied. 
Beware of companies that do not follow the proper standards or protocol, having a need for less materials. Comprehensive Mold Management is fully ensured, a NYS licensed mold remediation contractor and CMM always uses the best materials available. We use the highest quality materials available to insure the job is done correctly. 

If you have any concerns or questions about mold growth or moisture issues in your home, call Comprehensive Mold Management at 585-235-6182. Make sure to educate yourself and do a thorough check before hiring any contractor, to protect your biggest investment, your home. 

(*Lifetime Warranty applies to wherever our mold proof coating is applied.)

Why You Should Not Paint Over Mold

Posted on

Why You Should Not Paint Over Mold

Cleaning Mold Yourself

When you have visible mold on the walls of your home, then it is very apparent that you have an issue. Some homeowners may think that if I just wipe it off with bleach and paint over it, then that will do. However, bleach should not be used to clean mold. Bleach will change the color of mold to a clear and/or white color, as it would your clothing. 

Unfortunately, all you have done is to create a biosphere for the mold to grow in and you may have possibly ingested the bleach fumes & airborne mold spores (never healthy). Usually, within three to four months, the mold will return and do so with a vengeance.




Do Not Paint Over Mold

It is quite common for people to just paint over mold to hide it. Yet, this just masks the mold and it is still underneath growing and will resurface once again, since paint is a food source for mold. This quick fix is common of property managers, landlords, those selling a home and sometimes homeowners in general. It is a cheap and fast fix that temporarily, cosmetically fixes the issue. 

If you are trying to determine if walls in your residence has mold that has been painted over, there are some key visuals to look out for. Some indicators to look out for are discoloration of yellow or brownish spots, this can be a sign of water damage. Another sign is paint bubbling, cracking or chipping and walls bowing out.


Mold Remediation 

If you see any of these signs, then you more than likely have water damage on the wall and it was not cleaned up properly. To properly remediate the mold, you need to make sure to correct the moisture problem. Mold will only get worse over time, it will not just go away by itself. Mold can create several health issues if not rectified, therefore it is important to address it in a timely fashion to ensure you and your family’s health.

If you have concerns about mold growth, it is best to contact a mold professional. You need to make sure that the mold is removed properly, and the moisture problem corrected before painting. Contact a New York State Licensed Mold Remediator to come out to your home to evaluate the situation and put together the best course of action. They will take the necessary steps to contain the area and use the proper equipment and attire, that a typical homeowner would not have. Mold is dangerous, and you do not want to be handling it yourself, unless you know what you are doing. The last thing that you want to do is to make the issue worse and risk the health of your family and further damage your home. 


Conclusion

Mold is a nuisance and unattractive, mold remediation can be costly which is why people tend to try and avoid taking care of it properly. Painting over it is not the solution and can cost you more in the end, if the problem gets worse. Do not risk extensive damage to your home and jeopardize serious or even permanent damage to your health by putting a band aid over a problem that would need extensive surgery. If you have painted over mold yourself, or see signs of water damage or that mold may have been painted over, please call Comprehensive Mold Management at 585-235-6182 to schedule a time for us to come out and evaluate your home. 

How to tell if it is Mold or Efflorescence?

Posted on

How to tell if it is Mold or Efflorescence?

Mold has become an issue that homeowners have become more aware of, and is of concern seeing as it can impact the value of your home and your health. If you are trying to sell your home, it can prevent a sale from going through. However, if you are lucky you may be confusing mold for efflorescence. There are some key differences between mold and efflorescence.


Efflorescence is considered a residue, it is the migration of a salt to the surface of a porous material, where it forms a coating. The essential process involves the dissolving of an internally held salt in water, or occasionally in another solvent. The water, with the salt now held in solution, migrates to the surface, then evaporates, leaving a coating of the salt. However, contrary to mold, it will not spread or grow and is not a fungus. It generally looks like white deposits, but can vary depending on what type of material it is coming through. Normally, efflorescence is not harmful to your health. If it is appearing in your home, it could mean that there is a bigger water issue, which could lead to issues with mold or the structure in the future.

Is it Mold or Efflorescence?

If you notice the white residue on other materials other than concrete or other types of masonry, then it more than likely is mold. If the area of concern is greater than 10 square feet, then you need to contact a licensed mold remediation professional. You need to make sure that the moisture issue is resolved and taken care of, otherwise the mold is bound to return.
If you are unsure if it is mold or efflorescence, then spray it with a little water and wipe it off with a rag. If it is gone, then it is more than likely efflorescence, which is good. If you are still in question or just want to make sure, then contact a mold expert and they can send someone out to evaluate the area of concern or test for mold.

What do I do if it’s Mold?

If you have mold in your basement, it generally means you have an issue that is severe enough where you should have a professional evaluate it for you. Even it if were a small area that you tried to clean yourself, you would need to make sure to wear the proper protection and make sure that it does not spread to other areas of your home. In addition, if you do not correct the moisture issue then the mold will continue to come back. Therefore, it is best to contact a mold professional, Comprehensive Mold Management would be happy to come out and evaluate your mold or moisture problems. If it is efflorescence you can clean it yourself, but you want to keep an eye on it to make sure it is not the root of a larger issue which can lead to mold.

Toxic Versus Non-Toxic Mold

Posted on

Toxic Versus Non-Toxic Mold

Toxic vs. Non-Toxic Mold

Mold has been becoming a bigger topic of concern as of recent, as it should be, seeing as it can impact the integrity of your home and your family’s health. It is a red flag when purchasing a home and people get scared when they hear the term mold. There is some confusion when it comes to if mold is toxic or not, however mold inside of your home is never a good thing. Some people think that if it is not the black toxic mold then they are in the clear. On the other hand, if it is the toxic mold, they panic and want it to be taken care of right away. Regardless, neither response is necessary when it comes to it being toxic or not. If you have mold inside of your home it needs to be taken care of either way, but there is no need to panic, if taken care of in a timely fashion.



Mold Testing

People also have a misunderstanding when it comes to mold testing, to determine the kind of mold that it is. Comprehensive Mold Management offers indoor air quality and surface sample testing for mold. Mold experts say that it is rarely necessary to test for a specific type of mold, because mold inside of a home is bad. If there are specific health concerns or documentation is needed, then air testing may make sense. Air testing is performed to determine the presence and concentration of mold spores in your home's air, especially when mold is not visually evident. Testing is typically done prior to and after remediation work is performed to validate the elimination of the mold threat. Comprehensive Mold Management offers both air and surface testing. We provide a report which includes spore concentration, types of mold and the health effects that can be caused based on the specific types of mold.


Removing the Mold Properly

Removing mold from your home can be a complicated and confusing process, especially given you want to make sure that the mold does not return. Therefore, it is best handled by a mold remediation professional, if it is not handled properly more problems can arise and exacerbate the issue. Mold professionals make sure to wear the proper equipment and set up negative air and containment to prevent it from spreading to other areas of the home.

If you are concerned that your home may have mold, contact a licensed mold professional at 585-235-6182. Comprehensive Mold Management is a licensed mold assessment company and mold remediation contractor. We would be happy to come out to evaluate your home for mold or any moisture issues.