Frequently Asked Questions
Mold Remediation, Waterproofing Contractor
Frequently asked questions about the mold removal/remediation and waterproofing industry are found below. Live in the Burlington, NJ area and have a question that wasn’t answered here? Contact one of our friendly experts and we will be happy to assist you!
The purpose of a French drain or floating floor is to route water to a sump pump, however, using this method can sometimes upset the structural integrity of your home’s foundation. When the wall does not come in contact with the floor, the walls can “slide in.” Also, if the French drain gap is not properly pitched, it can cause water to collect and stagnate, which creates breeding grounds for mold. Any building materials near the standing water will absorb moisture as it evaporates, spreading more opportunity for mold growth.
While placing perforated piping underneath the floor is an effective method for removing water under the floor, it does nothing to address moisture problems permeating in the walls.
Perforated piping placed the outside of the home will only work if it is placed at the base of the footing. Any water that approaches the home will be rerouted. The caveat is that the walls must be professionally waterproofed with sealants to prevent water damage and rot.
If surface water is the only problem, the majority of the dampness, efflorescence (a white-powdery substance that builds on concrete walls) and staining will be closer to the top of the wall. However, if water symptoms are located closer to the bottom of the wall (where the wall and floor meet), you likely have a subsurface water problem. Healthy Way highly recommends that you hire a professional waterproofing contractor to solve subsurface water problems.
Also beware of companies who offer lifetime guarantees or warrantees. Unfortunately these terms are extremely limited and very vague, making it easy for a company to refuse to fix the problem if it comes back. All warranties should state specific terms for time and be clear. They should offer protection of the foundation, walls, cove and entire basement floor from moisture penetration.
- Contain the area with a negative air machine and polyethylene sheets to contain mold spores and prevent them from spreading throughout the rest of your home.
- Brush and HEPA-vacuum the area to eliminate as many spores as possible.
- Use a high-quality mold cleaning solution to denature any remaining mold spores.
- Spray an antimicrobial coating over the cleaner to encapsulate the treated surface and help to prevent against future mold growth. This step is the most costly and many companies leave this out to save money. Without this step the odds of the mold returning are much higher.