Mold Remediation & Removal
Long Island homeowners are used to our region’s occasionally damp and humid weather – it’s just part of our summer season. This tolerant attitude doesn’t extend to humidity causing mold in the bathroom, basement or other damp areas. Even the best homemaker can have a mold problem with their bathroom, particularly when you have multiple family members using the shower one after the other.
Inhaling or touching mold may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals, including sneezing, red eyes, skin rash and even asthma attacks in some people. Molds can produce potentially toxic substances: mycotoxins.
Be on the lookout for these common sources of moisture:
- Roof leaks
- Plumbing leaks, drainage problems
- Damp basements and crawl spaces
- Steam from the bathroom or kitchen
- Condensation resulting from poor or improper insulation or ventilation
- Wet clothes drying inside the home or a clothes dryer venting indoors
- Poor or improper ventilation of combustion
Small areas usually can be cleaned by the homeowner. For larger areas and more persistent problems, we call in outside professionals. The mold removal and prevention experts we work with will take care of the immediate problem, and map out a strategy to stop the formation of mold through proper ventilation, and sealing problem areas to keep moisture from entering your home.
Shells Only Complete Home Improvements will do a thorough inspection of your home to determine the extent and source of the problem. In the bathroom, the solution may be as simple as installing a new ventilation fan. If the problem is water dripping behind the walls or into other areas we can solve those problems too, by using new construction, water-resistant materials, modern sealants and other methods. If the problem is in the plumbing, we can handle that as a full-service contractor with master plumbers on staff.
Basement mold can almost always be traced to water getting into the foundation or under the floor. This can be addressed by a number of methods, including fixing cracks in basement walls and sealing the walls and floor with waterproof cement. We will check your gutters and leaders to make sure they shunt rain water away from the house. We will check that the landscaping/grading directs water away from the home. Professional-grade sump pumps can also keep your basement dry. Fixing overflowing basement window wells is another remedy.
Each situation is unique. Shells Only Complete Home Improvements will analyze the factors contributing to the problem, and design an effective solution.
Mold-Resistant Building Products
New construction or renovation provide an opportunity to incorporate mold-resistant materials as needed, stopping it “at the source.” The pros at Shells Only will help you stop mold before it starts by recommending materials that are designed to combat mold growth.
Mold-Resistant Drywall. This type of drywall has fiberglass facing instead of the usual paper, reducing the “organic” component.
Mold-Resistant Drywall Tape. One brand even has an anti-microbial coating.
Mold-Resistant Paint. Many brands now contain a fungicide, or one can buy an additive that is sold separately. Please note that the mold must be removed before painting with ANY paint.
Mold-Resistant Caulk. The caulk is treated with fungicide to it helps retard mold growth.