Home Mould & Dust Mite Problems in Vernon, Kamloops, Kelowna
Information on Controlling Mould, Rot, And Dust Mite Problems in BC
Mould and dust mites can wreak havoc both your health and your home like no other. In just a few years, they can significantly damage your home and personal property, while allergens from mould spores and dust mite waste damage your health.
We offer free mould & dust mite control quotes in the British Columbia area, including Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon nearby areas such as Williams Lake, Nelson, Penticton, Quesnel, West Kelowna, Castlegar, Salmon Arm, Westbank, Trail, Coldstream, Oyama, Armstrong, Chase, Winfield and the surrounding areas.
Common Humidity Problems:
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At BC Basement Systems, we can help you find easy solutions for controlling mould, dust mites, rot, and humidity in your home. Our warranteed products can seal your basement or crawl space from outside humidity, while our ENERGY STAR® rated dehumidifiers keep your space dry and healthier than ever.
We've been fixing damp, mouldy spaces since 1997, and we have the experience and products you need to keep your space dry all the time!
Mould & Dust Mite Health Facts
- Dust Mites & Mould Eat Organic Materials: That means any organic material at all. Dust, fabric, fiberglass resins and dyes, drywall, wallpaper, glue, paint, wood, or anything else is enough to keep it growing. As for dust mites, 1,000 of these critters can live in a single gram of dust, each one creating 20 waste pellets per day.
- Mould Can Live In The Cold: Ever see mould in a refrigerator? Research shows that as long as the temperature is above 40 °F (4 °C), mould can grow and spread.
- Mould & Dust Mites Grow Fast: Mould can begin to grow in a home in as little as 24-48 hours, with a billion mould spores growing on a single foot of drywall. A single female dust mite can lay upwards of 250 eggs in its three-month life span.
- Mould Leads To Insurance Woes: Due to tens of thousands of mold-related lawsuits being filed, most general liability and property insurance companies now exclude mould insurance from their policies.
- Mould Destroys Your Home: Professional Builder Magazine warns that mould will dramatically lower the value of your home. A home worth $250,000 can have $100,000 in mould problems. Mould can even lead to structural damage to your home!
- Mould Spores Can Damage Your Health: Mould spore exposure can occur through inhalation, ingestion, and skin contact. Mould and dust mite waste is connected to allergies, asthma, and other breathing issues. Even dead mould spores can be damaging to your health.
- Dust Mite Waste Is Highly Allergenic: 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 sensitize and trigger allergic reactions. In fact, American Family Physician states that "controlling dust mites is the most important thing you can do in your house to make your asthma and allergies better."
- Mould & Dust Mites Are Sneaky: Mould can grow in fiberglass insulation, behind drywall panels, and behind wallpaper. Dust mites can live in furniture, cloth, and pillows. Just because you don't see a problem does not mean that one does not exist.
To Sum It Up: 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." The best way to protect yourself is to prevent the mould or dust mite problem before it begins!
Remodeling a basement is not the same as remodeling elsewhere in your home. Humidity makes its way straight through your concrete walls and into your home. If that humidity meets paint, drywall, fiberglass, wood, or other products with organic material, you can expect mould to grow there. And with a basement, it's just a matter of time before a plumbing or groundwater leak occurs.
When finishing a basement, use inorganic materials and a vapor barrier to protect your investment from water and mould damage.
Controlling Mould, Rot & Dust Mites in British Columbia
Mould, rot and dust mites all have a common weakness: they all need ample moisture and humidity to survive.
Both mould and dust mites need moisture from the air to survive. When humidity levels drop below 60% they will not be able to thrive.
By sealing out humidity from outside air and installing a dehumidifier, you can protect yourself from mould and dust mite problems.
We offer free moisture control quotes to homeowners in our Vernon, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nelson, Quesnel, Penticton, West Kelowna, Salmon Arm, Castlegar, Williams Lake, Trail, Coldstream, Winfield, Westbank, Armstrong, Chase, Oyama, British Columbia service area. Each quote includes a on-site inspection, written quote, and a copy of our 88-page color basement waterproofing & crawl space book.
Common Home Mould
Mould 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 mould 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 Mould is a highly toxic mould that is rare but dangerous when it grows in the home.
Black mould 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.
Rot and Decay
Mould and rot can begin to form in damp wood in as little as 24-48 hours.
If allowed to damage wood unchecked, rot, mould, 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 mould in wood should be addressed as soon as possible.
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