Denver’s climate is unique to the region we are located. There are many key factors of our climate here that define us as a city. Although our dry conditions bring only small amounts of annual rainfall, we get to wake up to 300+ days of sunshine every year, which is more than some of the best tropical beaches in the country. Our mild winters and low humidity summers make for one of the best climates to live in.
Denver is exactly one mile high and the thinner air up here brings with it its own unique issues for locals. The further up a mountain you go the thinner and less compressed the air becomes. Our golf balls might go further, and our water might boil quicker, but there are a number of issues that arise by living in the mountains that differ from those down below us at sea level.
Some of the issues might affect us physically, and some might affect us in business, or in our everyday lives. Some of these issues might not have been planned into your building plan when you decided to move to the mountains, but they are certain to have started making an impact for you in recent years. Some issues, like foundation movement should have been catered for in the building of your home, but foundation movement is also an issue that continues, and needs constant maintenance throughout the life of your home.
If you are in the process of renovating your home, you might come across issues where the foundations have moved over time, and unfortunately it’s an issue that will need to be fixed time and again, because mountains move, and change shape over time.
Wet basements are an ever growing concern in Denver. Although our climate is very dry, a common mistake by home owners is thinking mold won’t be an issue. But because in Colorado there is a recurring issue with foundation movement, or expansive soils in the region, homes have shifted, leading to significant structural damage.
Because the best solution for expansive soils is to use subflooring systems, inaccessible spaces are created underneath homes which in turn provide a prime environment for mold to grow. Sub-floor systems are designed to allow for movement while keeping structural integrity in your home. Unfortunately, while creating sub-floors, the crawl space is restricted from being ventilated correctly.
When your home grows mold, it is vital that you hire a certified professional mold inspector to assess your home on a regular basis, and eradicate any signs of mold, and their causes. The hunt for mold or moisture in your home can be a large task, as hidden sources of water are much more difficult to find. When you hire professionals, they know exactly where to find mold, and the causes of mold. Mold can be very dangerous, and if not treated with urgency, can drastically affect your health, and the health of your family.