Mold and dust mites have the ability to wreak havoc on your health, your family's health, and the structure of your home.
In a very short amount of time, the allergens from mold spores and dust mite can cause a reaction in those that are prone to allergies. Most and rot can also cause significant damage to your home and property.
We offer free mold & dust mite control quotes in areas throughout PA and NY, including Du Bois, Olean, Warren, Saint Marys, Oil City, Franklin, Bradford, Punxsutawney, Clearfield, Clarion and their surrounding areas.
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Waterproofing Specialties can help you control mold, rot, dust mites, and humidity in Du Bois, Warren, Olean, Bradford, Franklin, Saint Marys, Oil City, Punxsutawney, Clarion, Clearfield.
We utilize patented, high quality products from Basement Systems, Inc., which eliminates sources of standing water. We can also seal your basement or crawl space from outside humidity, while our energy-efficient dehumidifiers keep your space dry and healthier than ever.
Since 1984, we've been fixing damp, moldy spaces and we have the experience and products you need to keep your space dry all the time!
Dust Mites & Mold Love Organic Materials: Whether it's dust, fabric, fiberglass resins and dyes, drywall, wallpaper, glue, paint, wood, or any other organic material, this is enough to keep mold growing. One thousand dust mites can live in a one gram of dust and each one creates 20 waste pellets per day.
Mold Doesn't Just Thrive in Warm Temperatures: Mold can grow where it's cold too - like inside of a refrigerator. As long as the temperature is above 40 °F (4 °C), mold can grow and spread.
It Doesn't Take Long for Mold & Dust Mites to Grow: Mold growth can begin in as little as 24-48 hours and up to a billion mold spores can grow on a single foot of drywall. A single female dust mite can lay as many as 250 eggs in its three-month life span.
Mold May Be Excluded from Insurance Policies: Because of the amount of mold-related lawsuits filed, most general liability and property insurance companies now exclude mold insurance from their policies.
Mold Can Destroy Your Home: Professional Builder Magazine warns that mold will dramatically lower the value of your home and can lead to structural damage. A home worth $250,000 can easily have $100,000 in mold problems.
Mold Spores Can Damage Your Health: Mold spore exposure can occur through inhalation, ingestion, and skin contact. Mold and dust mite waste is connected to allergies, asthma, and other breathing issues. Even dead mold spores can be damaging to your health.
Dust Mites Can Increase Allergy Symptoms: More than 90% of patients show dermal reactivity to dust mite waste and 10% of the general population is also sensitive. Dust mite waste makes up 80-90% of the allergic component of house dust, containing 15 potent allergens that trigger allergic reactions. According to American Family Physician "controlling dust mites is the most important thing you can do in your house to make your asthma and allergies better."
Mold & Dust Mites Grow Where You Can't See Them: Just because you can't see the mold doesn't mean it's not there. Mold can grow in fiberglass insulation, behind drywall panels, and behind wallpaper. Dust mites can live in furniture, cloth, and pillows.
The Sooner You Address the Problem, the Better: It's important to prevent a mold or dust mite problem before it begins. As Glenn Fellman, executive director of the Indoor Air Quality Association states, "If you are reacting to a problem because somebody's been sick, you've waited way too long to address indoor air quality."
Water can rise through the porous concrete of a slab floor (like that in a basement). When carpet or wood flooring is installed on top of the concrete, moisture can become trapped underneath, resulting in mold and dry rot damage. It's important to seal the concrete floor before installing carpet or any other type of organic material.
Mold, rot and dust mites all need moisture and humidity to survive. When humidity levels drop below 60%, mold and dust mites will not be able to grow and thrive.
You can protect your home from mold and dust mite problems by keeping out humid outside air and installing a dehumidifier in your home.
Don't wait! Schedule a Free Estimate for a dehumidifier and moisture control services. We provide Pennsylvania and New York homeowners with an on-site inspection, written estimate, and a copy of our basement waterproofing and crawl space book. We make sure our customers understand their wet basement or crawlspace problem and the solutions that we offer.
Mold spores are present nearly everywhere, growing when they meet sufficient temperature, moisture, and organic material to grow.
50% of homes have at least one resident with allergies, with the American Lung Association showing that 88 million Americans suffering from some sort of respiratory distress. 90% of people with allergies show sensitivity to mold spores.
Dust mites are microscopic arachnids that live in your home, most often in carpeting, sofas, pillows, and other cushioned furniture.
Dust mites create allergenic fecal material, which they release into the air as much as 20 times a day. Dust mites live in humid areas, absorbing moisture directly from the air.
Black Mold is a highly toxic mold that is rare but dangerous when it grows in the home.
Black mold spores host a fungus that produces carcinogenic "mycotoxins" that are linked to ailments such as liver cancer, lung cancer, chronic liver damage, acute or chronic nervous system damage, endocrine problems, and others.
Mold and rot can begin to form in damp wood in as little as 24-48 hours.
If allowed to damage wood unchecked, rot, mold, and dry rot can lead to many thousands of dollars worth of damage to a home. In the case of dry rot, a 75% loss of toughness can be caused by a 1% weight loss. Rot and mold in wood should be addressed as soon as possible.