Mold In Basements

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This is a video of tear out on a cinder block wall leaking and getting water on the drywall. It is moldy but does not show up on the outside of the wall.

This is the planet earth. This is a mold planet! Scientists believe there are about a minimum of 400,000 various types of mold on which about 100,000 have been identified leaving 300,000 unidentified species. There are however a few very common species that are inside houses. And these are mostly the ones we have to worry about. Unfortunately science has not been giving this mold stuff much thought and they can’t agree on virtually too much of anything as far as all the different varieties of mold and exactly what they do. Some varieties of mold will give off mycotoxins and other varieties of mold do not give off these mycotoxins. Plus another revelation says that the ones that give off mycotoxins which are the chemicals that people can’t handle don’t always give these mycotoxins off. It is as if they only spread mycotoxins when they feel threatened or something. Wouldn’t that be weird if after a kid came down was basement to practice with his band and banging on the drums and guitars and all that stuff made the mold nervous started given out these poisons. I can’t say this is the truth but according to science they can’t say it isn’t true as they don’t know why these mycotoxins switch on and off like that.

Most people don’t know they are living with mold. Scientists say mold is everywhere. You will find live mold in places with moisture like around the bathtub that is always being used and around a kitchen sink or in the lower cabinet under the sink where there are leaks. Those types of mold are alive and producing spores. They can produce spores every 24 hours. In other places, let’s say for instance on the basement floor with no water or moisture or anything to eat except concrete there is mold covering the entire floor. The difference is that it is dry. The spores can dry up and be ready to grow at a moments notice when all the necessary conditions become available. Otherwise dry spores on the floor can be kicked around by people walking or dogs walking or dragging a box across the floor or any sort of movement that causes a slight breeze. So if you do develop a new leak it won’t take long for spores to find it and start growing.

As far as having a person like me coming over to survey your house for mold, that’s a good idea. As far as getting tests and swabs to turn into a testing lab, that could be a good idea. but for the average person actually if you can see dark stains around a moist place or a place that you can suspect would be moist or has been moist or if you can smell mold then in simple terms you don’t need a scientific test. You do have mold under those conditions.

The average person has one problem in that they really don’t know what mold smells like. When I come over I can say you that you have mold somewhere down here because it smells like it. But a lot of people give me a look like that doesn’t smell like mold does it? All I have to say is exactly what mold smells like. I have to describe mold as a earthy smell. Did you ever go into a forest out in the back 40 someplace and take a whiff of the orders of the forest? Most of that odor in a forest is mold. This mold is devouring all the wood that has fallen down and last year’s leaves and anything else organic that doesn’t get eaten by something else. Mold is a real scavenger. That’s pretty much what it smells like so if you have the smell of a forest in your basement you should be a little bit on the defense because I can tell you for sure when the house was first built way back when, it didn’t smell like a forest in the basement. It’s not the rotting wood that smells like that it’s the mold that is rotting the wood that smells like that. What you are smelling his live spores entering your nose and looking for a place to anchor on and start growing again. Most odors are actually microscopic pieces of pollution floating around in the air. They are not some form of gas which has no particles in it.

I usually bring up the issue of household mold with my customers, just so they can be informed about mold. This page contains a picture of a mushroom-type of mold which I actually found at one of my jobs. The next picture shows a quarter-inch of water on top of a quarter-inch of gel which is some form of mold found on another job. I know these pictures of mold are disgusting. This is what we at Oakbridge want to help you with. Note: As of this date Google ranked this picture and page number 1 in the world search for the term Basement Mushroom.

The movie shows our mold sprayer in action. We are doing a more thorough job by spraying the ceilings and walls for mold. This is not always necessary for our workers’ safety, but because mold spraying is the best way to cut back on the odor and damage of the mold. If you want to make the spray effect last longer spraying everything is the way to go. Yes, mold eats the wood floor above.

This is a picture of a moldy piece of drywall. This is the inside. The outside didn’t look moldy at all.

Sometimes we see this mold in basements when we walk in to a new job.

If You don’t believe mold comes in different colors, guess again!

This Is actually the same picture as above, just a little further away. Taken With an I-phone..

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Author: Robert B McGuire