Calgary’s rainy season is over, and (thankfully) our boute of August snow doesn’t seem to have stuck quite yet. Humidity levels are lowering, and the risk of mould developing in your house because of outside environmental factors is disappearing by the day. But before you let out a big sigh of relief and rest easy through the winter months, it’s time to make sure mould didn’t sneak into any nooks or crannies of your home unnoticed.
If you’re from Chestermere or other areas of the Calgary NE, you’ve probably gotten more than your fair share of rain this year. Your home or the homes of your neighbours may have flooded. It seems unfair that just a couple years after the Great Flood, Calgary homeowners face flooding conditions again.
Unfortunately, basements make a great home for mould. Basements that have recently flooded or have a small unnoticed leak are especially prone to moulding. That because basements are about the right temperature, not too bright, have plenty of organic matter to eat, and water is unusually easy to come by — if not through leaks and flooding, then through condensation and humidity.
Basements that are poorly lit and infrequently used are particularly vulnerable to mould. While anywhere in your home (kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms are also at risk) can provide mould with everything it needs for life, people usually find leaks or mould more quickly in these public spaces. A drip in a corner of the basement is simply easier to miss than one over the sofa. When humidity is regularly condensing on the walls of a bathroom, homeowners tend to add a vent. When the same problem occurs in the basement, many homeowners won’t notice.
When you’re exploring your home and looking for signs of mould, you’ll want to pay attention for water damage and off-smells as well as visible discolouration. Or, if you’d rather be certain that your house is mould-free, you can contact the experts at Amity Environmental. We’ll run some tests, take samples from all over your home, and will be able to give you accurate results. And, if we do find mould, we’ll be able to explain your options, the next steps to take, and how to prevent problems happening in the future.
Are you ready to have your house certified mould-free? The professionals at Amity are ready to serve. Call us today!