What's lurking in your basement?

***Spoiler alert, probably Mold!***

 

What causes mold and moisture problems in basements?

Two main causes:

1) Water that has not evaporated from the new concrete in new homes.  Concrete not given adequate time to dry, takes a long time but builders insulate and seal the wall assemblies in order to turn over houses to purchasers. In cold weather this moisture tries to dry the interior but forms frost because of the vapour barrier. 

 

Warmer temperatures allow the frost to melt which causes mold.

2) Warm interior air gets past the interior wall finishes (drywall and poly vapour barrier) migrates to the cold concrete surface in winter and forms frost. 

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When we get warmer or a "bonspiel thaw" the frost turns to liquid water.  Sometimes this shows up at the bottom of the wall but quite frequently the moisture never becomes evident and stays hidden.  This leads to potentially hazardous mould and mildew contaminating the interior air.

The solution:

 

Spray applied foam insulation which applied to the concrete prevents warm interior air from coming into contact with the cold concrete surface.  This prevents the formation of mold and ensures good indoor air quality.

A basement insulated with spray foam will never have frost or mold issues.

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But don't just take our word for it!

Here's what people are saying about us...

I'd like to share our experiences with the staff and product provided in our home by Penta Protective Coatings: The staff arrived on time, and were efficient and professional in delivering their services. The quality of work was superior and they left the job site clean. It was a real team effort - we were impressed by how well they did the job in such a tight spot. Lastly, the price was very competitive - worth every penny!   - Sandra K.

 

Penta did excellent work for a great price. Their workers were punctual and very professional.
I am very pleased with my new warm basement.  - Eric B.

 

We had residential spray foam completed by Penta. Joe was punctual with his first visit and quote, and was very knowledgeable. We were able to schedule our services in a timely manner and their team was very responsive. They also helped us complete our MB Hydro rebate application with ease.

The spray foam installers were professional, punctual and did great work. We took care of protecting our personal belongings, but they went another few steps to ensure everything was installed and protected properly. They worked efficiently and cleanly.

We highly recommend Penta and should we need any other insulation work, we will be calling them! Very impressed and very satisfied with the quality of workmanship. - Alexandra A.

 

 

For more information please call us at 204-992-2603 or 204-781-1770.