Without strong foundations, your home will literally fall down. While there is usually no concern about the strength of a house foundations, areas can become affected by weathering, changes in the landscape, and indeed sometimes mold. Signs of mold are not always easy to spot, but if you are experiencing issues with your foundations, it could be worth calling out a mold specialist to check if there are any underlying issues. Here are some of the ways your home can be affected by mold, and the symptoms that cause mold to appear.
Drainage – mold lives where water collects. Installing proper drainage channels that divert moisture away from a house can save it from developing faults later. In arid areas, sprinklers can help maintain a decent water level in the garden, but if that water is not managed correctly, and it runs into the foundations, it can saturate the area, leading to mold build up, and possible damage.
Planting – we all want our homes to look great from the outside. However flowerbeds, shrubs and lawn that are planted very close to the edge of a house can mean that water is literally sucked into the ground by the beds, and as a result some of this can run off into the foundations of the house. Coupled with the weathering effects that happen naturally over time on brick and concrete, this water can get into those cracks and make them worse. It is wise to leave space between any planting and the edge of the building to help reduce that risk.
Movement – changes in water fall and temperature can not only lead to mold growth, but can also affect the integrity of your home. If you begin to find that doors and windows are getting harder to close, it could be a sign that your house is moving, even if it is only by a small fraction. Water damage in cracks in walls and foundations can mean these parts slowly move over time. Along with the mold that will accumulate in these cracks, you may also find the walls move in such a way that they need reinforcing. Professional advice should be sought in that situation.
Rainfall – in a similar way to watering, rainfall can have serious consequences on the foundations of your home. High rainfall areas can result in pooling of water both on the surface, and within the local water table. This makes the ground that your home is built on susceptible to subsidence. Wherever possible, rain water should be drained away from the walls and foundations, safely into the sewerage system. Mold is likely to be found where water pools, especially if it is in warmer areas underneath the building.
While mold is a sign that there may be issues with the foundations of your home, it does not always mean there definitely are problems. You can take precautions by inspecting your property a few times a year, but the best way to confirm if there are mold issues or problems with your foundations in general is to have them inspected by a professional.