Prevent Mold in Basement

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Prevent Mold in Basement

This article will help the home owner understand what is required and what should be done in the event that your basement is wet, damp or susceptible to mold and mildew.

Mold and mildew are found everywhere, it’s a very important part of our environment breaking down and digesting dead material. Small spores travel through the air attaching them to anything that will support mold and mildew life providing food and nutrients. Cellulose products are typical mold food sources found in and around our homes. Cellulose is found in drywall, paper, dirt, wood and carpet. Preventing black mold and mildew infestation should be a priority for every home owner. Black toxic mold and mildew can effect indoor air quality and create a dangerous environment for your family and pets. Exposure to mold can affect people in many different ways from a simple rash to serious lung problems, headache, fatigue and even death in some cases.

Basements and crawl spaces are especially susceptible to mold and mildew due to the fact that they are typically located below grade level or underground. These areas are typically damp and make for a perfect environment for mold and mildew to thrive.

Recognizing mold and mildew is the key to treatment and prevention. You can usually recognize mold by the discoloration or colored spots on the basement walls and ceiling tiles. Strong mold and mildew odors such as a musty or dirty earthy smell are good indication of the presents of mold and mildew growth. When in doubt, contact a mold specialist who is familiar with mold testing and mold remediation, have the proper mold testing preformed as soon as possible. Acting quickly is the key in the prevention of further mold growth and property damage.

Mold prevention and protection of your basement from mold and mildew is the best advice. Ensure that your basement has proper ventilation. Reducing the amount of dampness, humidity and moisture in your basement is the key factor in preventing mold and mildew. Purchase a dehumidifier that is rated for the square foot area of your basement or area of concern. Ensure that the dehumidifier is maintained and the water is removed as required. Some dehumidifiers are equipped with a water hose that will attach to the dehumidifier and can be drained into a sink or a floor drain eliminating the need to empty the dehumidifier reservoir. Keep the areas as clean as possible. Dresser drawers, Chester drawers, closets space and cabinet areas are places where mold and mildew will grow if not kept clean of dirt and moisture. Greasy film on walls and soil on an article of clothing will cause mold and mildew to grow if the conditions are right.

Air conditioners are one of the best ways to control the environment in a home or work place. The air conditioner removes the humidity and moisture from the air and recalculates dry air back throughout the home. Electric fans are a great way to create air circulation in poorly vented areas. Open closet doors and hang cloths loosely in the closets.

Bathrooms located in the basement are a major concern. Make sure to wipe them down after every use. Ventilation fans in basement bathrooms are very important and should always be installed. Always keep windows open on all floors when possible.

Mold and mildew can become toxic if left untreated creating a dangerous environment for your family and pets. Preventing basement mold and mildew are the most problematic concerns of a home owner. These areas are prone to humidity, dampness and moisture build up that will eventually lead to toxic mold and structural damage coasting a home owner thousands in repairs. Keep a watchful eye out for mold and mildew and keep surfaces wiped clean of soil, grease and dampness. Preventing mold in your basement is as easy as keeping your house clean.

By: Bradley Skierkowski