Water and electricity share one thing; they both look for the path of least resistance. However, water is more likely to create damage to your home than electricity is. That is why it is so vitally important to find out where water is entering your home and causing the damage. Here are some common areas where water may be getting in, and how to rectify these situations.
Crawl spaces are notorious for collecting and holding water and moisture. They are also notorious for growing mold and helping it to spread. If you know that you have a crawl space, hire a crawl space waterproofing contractor to get in there and stop water from entering. Should he/she discover that mold already exists in the crawl space, you may also need mold remediation before the waterproofing vapor barriers are installed. When the whole project is complete, you can have mold remediation search for a point of entry for mold and water damage inside your home, where it can be fixed and removed to protect the rest of your home.
Roofs have to be frequently and properly maintained if you are going to keep your walls and ceilings dry. Have a roofer inspect your roof if you suspect that you might have a leak. Have a mold remediation and water damage contractor use his/her special cameras to detect areas of moisture and possible rot/mold. Fix the roof with the roofing contractor's help if there is a leak, and then discuss the options of fixing unseen water damage and mold in your walls and/or ceiling, if the mold remediation contractor found anything of importance.
Basements, especially old basements and basements that were once part cistern, are always wetter than you want them to be. When dehumidifiers have a hard time keeping up with the wetness, hire a concrete contractor and/or a dry basement specialist to fix the problem. Usually, these professionals will look for cracks in the walls, seal them, patch things up, and then things should be better. If there are more extreme cracks in the walls, basement repairs and additional underground supports are required to fix the wet basement issues. Mold remediation should also be called to look for mold in your basement if things are especially wet. All of these issues with your basement should be addressed simultaneously to avoid further problems from developing (e.g., the spread of mold during basement repair).
For more information, contact a company like Central Penn Waterproofing today.