Mold and Rot

Basement & Crawl Space Mold in Ohio

Mold on Wood in a Fredericktown BasementMore than ever before, basement and crawl space mold is becoming a serious concern for homeowners. Other than damaged personal property and a musty smell that can seep upwards through the home, there have been many very serious mold-related issues in Ohio in recent years.

With the sharply rising costs of mold remediation in recent years (having almost doubled due to rising insurance costs), Superior Basement Systems recommends preventing mold as the best, most clear solution.

Sealing off the crawl space or basement and lowering the humidity level below 60% can help prevent serious damage to the home and to the health of its inhabitants. For a free dry basement or crawl space inspection and quote, call or e-mail Superior Basement Systems today.

They currently serve Alliance, Ashland, Cadiz, Dover, East Liverpool, Hartville, Massillon, Millersburg, New Philadelphia, Salineville, Wooster, Yorkville and nearby areas of Ohio.

Mold Allergens

"If you are reacting to a problem because somebody's been sick, you've waited way too long to address indoor air quality"
- Glenn Fellman, Executive Director of the Indoor Air Quality Association

Allergens from Mold in La CroftIf you experience headaches, a stuffy nose, or any other allergic reaction in a building that is relieved soon after leaving, it's possible that the symptoms have been caused or worsened by indoor air pollutants and allergens such as mold spores.

Human Ecology Magazine [PDF] has reported that dead mold and spores can still trigger allergic reactions, and microscopic mold spores that were not removed can lay dormant for years while they wait for the opportunity to grow. 

Mold spores can damage someone through skin contact, inhalation, and ingestion. Mold can lead to symptoms of allergic rhinitis, including a runny nose, watery eyes, a scratchy throat, fatigue, and mild allergic reactions. In extreme cases, mold is even toxic.

To date, The American Lung Association reports that 88 million people in the United States suffer from some sort of respiratory distress, and 50% of homes have at least one person living inside that has allergies, asthma, or another respiratory ailment.

Time Magazine reports hundreds of thousands of mold spores in a single cubic meter of air indoors; a single person inhales 10 or 12 cubic meters daily.

Mold Damage in a Basement or Crawl Space

Wood Sub Floor in East Liverpool with MoldThe Journal of Property Management warns that ignoring mold in the home can lead to extensive property damage. Repairs can be lengthy and in the most extreme situations can require the home's inhabitants to be relocated while the work is being done.

Mold can grow anywhere there's moisture, including near plumbing leaks, leaking roofs, and especially in wet and damp crawl spaces and basements. If there is a water problem within the home, it's extremely important to fix the problem and dry the area within 48 hours. Mold growth is common on drywall, cardboard, photos, memorabilia, wood, furniture, leather, cloth, fiberglass resins and paper backings, and anything else organic in the space. In a crawl space, structural damage is common as mold eats away at mold, and especially when termites, attracted to the rotting lumber, inhabit the space.

Mold, Insurance, and Lawsuits

Moldy Drywall in a Newell RentalMold, mildew, and dust mites are a problem that homeowners, landlords, and building mangers are becoming increasingly concerned with in recent years.

According to the Journal of Property Management, lawsuits have been filed by the tens of thousands against landlords, developers, and insurance companies in Ohio over mold-related issues.

In response to this, many general liability and property insurance companies have begun to exclude mold from their protection policies.

There are few regulations for acceptable levels set by the EPA for the results of mold testing.

Ultimately, it's become a legal battleground, where homeowners and building managers have become the casualties.

Eliminating Mold in OH

Leather Shoes Ruined by Mold in a Monroeville, OH BasementTrying to clean and remove mold in a crawl space with biocides or bleach is a temporary solution at best. While this can remove mold in the short term, this work can only be safely done by a trained professional. Bleach will not stop mold from growing in the long-term, and mold coatings can only protect what they coat, meaning that everything that enters the space will have to be treated from then on. Additionally, mold will still have a surface to grow on and spread its spores unless you can also coat your ventilation ducts inside and out.

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One of the primary methods recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency, is to reduce indoor humidity within the home to below 60%.  They also recommend removing all sources of water leakage within the home, sealing penetrations in walls and floors especially below in below-ground areas, checking for moldy odors, and removing all sources of freestanding water.

To lower the humidity level, you're going to need a strong basement dehumidifier, like the SaniDry™, available by Superior Basement Systems. The SaniDry™ is a self-draining, ENERGY STAR® rated dehumidifier that's just what you need to eliminate mold in your basement. With a powerful blower, large cold coil, and an air filter that can remove particles as small as 2 microns, it can help prevent allergens such as mold spores, dust mite waste, pet dander, and pollen. If you have a finished basement, the SaniDry™ can easily be stored in a closet or unfinished area and ducted into the space. Smaller SaniDry™ dehumidifiers are available just for the crawl space environment. For your Free Estimate and written quote on a basement or crawl space dehumidifier, phone or e-mail us today!

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Serving OH including the Greater Canton area
Our Ohio Service Area
Cities in Ashland County, OH
Ashland
Jeromesville
Loudonville
Perrysville
Polk

Cities in Belmont County, OH
Alledonia
Barnesville
Bellaire
Belmont
Bethesda
Bridgeport
Flushing
Jacobsburg
Martins Ferry
Piedmont
Powhatan Point
Saint Clairsville
Shadyside

Cities in Carroll County, OH
Carrollton
Dellroy
Malvern
Mechanicstown
Sherrodsville

Cities in Columbiana County, OH
East Liverpool
East Rochester
Hanoverton
Homeworth
Kensington
Lisbon
Salineville
Wellsville

Cities in Coshocton County, OH
Fresno
West Lafayette

Cities in Guernsey County, OH
Byesville
Cambridge
Kimbolton
Lore City
Pleasant City
Quaker City
Salesville
Senecaville

Cities in Harrison County, OH
Bowerston
Cadiz
Freeport
Hopedale
Jewett
Scio
Tippecanoe

Cities in Holmes County, OH
Big Prairie
Glenmont
Holmesville
Killbuck
Lakeville
Millersburg

Cities in Jefferson County, OH
Adena
Amsterdam
Bergholz
Bloomingdale
Brilliant
Dillonvale
Hammondsville
Irondale
Mingo Junction
Rayland
Richmond
Steubenville
Tiltonsville
Toronto
Yorkville

Cities in Knox County, OH
Brinkhaven

Cities in Mahoning County, OH
Beloit
Sebring

Cities in Monroe County, OH
Beallsville
Clarington
Graysville
Jerusalem
Lewisville
Sardis
Woodsfield

Cities in Stark County, OH
Alliance
Beach City
Brewster
Canal Fulton
Canton
East Canton
East Sparta
Hartville
Louisville
Magnolia
Massillon
Minerva
Navarre
North Canton
North Lawrence
Paris
Uniontown
Waynesburg
Wilmot

Cities in Summit County, OH
Clinton

Cities in Tuscarawas County, OH
Baltic
Bolivar
Dennison
Dover
Dundee
Gnadenhutten
Mineral City
New Philadelphia
Newcomerstown
Port Washington
Stone Creek
Strasburg
Sugarcreek
Uhrichsville

Cities in Wayne County, OH
Apple Creek
Burbank
Creston
Dalton
Doylestown
Fredericksburg
Marshallville
Orrville
Rittman
Shreve
Smithville
Sterling
West Salem
Wooster

Our Locations:

Superior Basement Systems
6628 Roy Andrews Road NW
New Philadelphia, OH 44663
1-330-423-4426