Wet basements and mold
Wet basements and mold
We’ve noticed a significant increase in demand for our services as they relate to wet basements and mold removal / restoration services due to higher rainfall levels and longer more intense storms this past year. The number of wet basement projects we addressed in 2019 almost doubled over the previous last year and when looking back at 2018, the number of wet basement projects we addressed also increased from the year before.
The pattern that is starting to emerge is that there is more rainfall is occurring over longer periods of time during the Spring and Fall periods. Drought / dry spells in the summer also compact and harden the soil so that when it does rain the ground has a hard time absorbing all the rain and flooding basements occur.
And because of weather volatility due to climate disruption, wet basements are becoming more and more common.
Waterproofing companies we use were so busy this last spring, and for most of the year, they could barely keep up with the amount of phone calls and requests for repairs. Even now, into December, waterproofing companies are extremely busy.
And all this water means more mold-related issues.
So is relief in sight?
Unfortunately, the Province of Ontario has predicted that this disruption will only strengthen, (we have begun to experience more storms with more intense downpours that last longer), rather than dissipate.
An here’s a link to an excellent source of information as it relates to projected increases in rainfall. While an American source, the projections do show impacts of higher rainfalls in Southern Ontario.
All this means you have to be more diligent when it comes to assessing and keeping a close eye on your homes foundation. Address improper grading issues, manage water displacement from your eavestroughs and gutter systems so that when the rains come you know you are in a good position to avoid mold due to moisture intrusion.
Be proactive to protect your largest investment. We can provide you with a very specific inspection that deals with potential foundation risk areas…from improper grading, failing waterproofing, cracks, etc. we can help you find the areas that you should be concerned about.
Maple Leaf Mold Inc. is a IICRC certified mold / indoor air testing and mold / asbestos removal firm operating in Toronto and the surrounding area. We are an experienced, licensed firm who are experts in finding and removing mold and asbestos. Call 416-254-7256 to talk with us about your issue anytime.