It seems that every winter season lately brings unprecedented amounts of snow and record-setting low temperatures, and this season has proven to be no different. February isn’t even over yet, and already, Boston has seen more snowfall this month than any other in recorded history (59.1 inches thus far). Temperatures of negative 10 have been recorded in many parts of Massachusetts. And when weather gets that cold, more than just our comfort is affected; heavy snowfall and below-freezing temperatures can result in serious problems for your home, including frozen pipes, collapsed roofs, and more.
Concrete floors of any kind are prone to cracking and pitting, which can be both unsightly and unsafe. But before you can jump into repairing your cracked concrete floors, it’s important to know what caused them in the first place.
Mold loves to grow in dark, moist places around your home. This makes your basement prime real estate for the intrusive fungi. But while common molds such as aspergillus, penicillium, and the dreaded “black mold” stachybotrys are unsightly and persistent, their negative effects go far beyond simple aesthetics. In fact, mold can cause serious health concerns like asthma or allergic reactions if left untreated. Cleaning mold can be a simple task for most homeowners, but many cases require a professional mold removal service.
You may have noticed a dank, musty smell coming from your basement. This is a common issue that results from the presence of fungus in your basement. Molds, and especially mildew, produce an earthy, musty smell that is undesirable and unhealthy. A musty odor can be a persistent nuisance, but there are some things you can do to help get rid of the smell.