Black Mold, also known as Stachybotrys Chartarum, is a greenish-black fungus that grows well in materials with a high cellulose content. In homes, that includes drywall, carpet, wallpaper, ceiling tiles, flooring and more. Water damage, flooding and a dark, moist environment can create the conditions that allow mold and fungus to grow.
A number of factors can cause a basement to flood. A heavy rainstorm or hurricane is the most common reason. Pipe leaks inside the house or freezing pipes that crack and burst can cause water damage as well. Leaks from appliances, such as a clothes washer, can also be a culprit. Sewer backups into the basement can be the worst of all. No matter how it happens, water in your basement can cause significant damage and cleanup expense.
Melting snow and heavy rains pushing rivers across the Northeast to flood levels. This hit many states hard and created many waterlogged communities. Flooded basements and additional dampness can cause more than just water damage to homeowners. This water and dampness can lead to mildew and mold growth, which can quickly become a health hazard.
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Does your basement smell musty? Do your eyes water and breathing become tight when you go downstairs into the dark, moist cellar? You don’t need an air quality test to tell you that there is mold growing in your basement.