Spring is officially here. After a long, dreary winter, it’s finally time to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Spring is a delightful time for gardeners, sports enthusiasts and those who simply enjoy the sunshine. However, the warm weather can also bring water-related issues such as flooding and mold.
Check your House for Water Issues
We recommend that you undergo certain precautions before bringing out your watering hose and gardening tools for the first time. Check for water-related issues, such as a flooded basement, leaky pipes or mold. Here are some potential warning signs to watch for:
1. Humid air
According to the EPA, indoor humidity should be below 60 percent (ideally between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity. Use a moisture or humidity meter, a relatively inexpensive instrument ($50 or less) that can be found at many hardware stores. Above average humidity may lead to mold issues.
2. Visible Mildew or Mold
Mold may grow indoors when mold spores land on wet surfaces. Mold, which reproduces through tiny spores that float invisibly through the air, cannot grow without moisture. If you have a mold problem, it’s because you have a water problem. If you clean up the mold without remedying the water issue, the mold will grow back.
3. Standing Water
If you have standing water in your basement or water seeping out of your basement walls, you might have an issue with your sump pump. Check it immediately.
4. Deterioration of Flooring
Moisture, mildew and mold can all cause carpet to visibly deteriorate. Feel the carpet for moisture. If it is damp, pull up a small section and check for mold.
5. Lack of Water Flow from Hose or Spigot
If you typically disable your outdoor spigot in the winter to prevent freezing pipes, be sure the valve has been turned back on. Also be sure to check for any blockages caused by sediment or the mechanism.
Call Intek for Water-related Issues
Some minor issues (such as a valve that hasn’t been turned on) can be remedied by do-it-yourself solutions. However, major problems require professional assistance. Call Intek, and we’ll solve your mold or water issues. Night or day, weekend or holiday, we will be available. Whether a pipe breaks, a sump pump stops working, or another disaster occurs, we can handle any water damage restoration job. Intek will efficiently dry the affected area. With our 24-hour emergency service, we will dispatch a crew whenever you need us!
Mold Testing in Sioux Falls
Our crew is fully trained in mold remediation, and can solve any mold-related issues in a hurry. If you are looking for mold testing in Sioux Falls, check us out. We offer free mold inspections in the Sioux Falls area and can handle commercial and residential remediations. Intek remedies mold issues discretely and efficiently.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency