Basements can range from purely utilitarian storage spaces to secondary living spaces that add value and square footage to your home. However you use your basement, mold cleanup and prevention is something you should consider. It can cause mild to moderate illness, especially in the elderly, young children, and people with breathing difficulties and compromised immune systems. Left untreated, mold will give off an unpleasant, earthy odor that will discourage you from using your basement.
Causes of Basement Mold
Mold grows in areas with moisture, organic material, moderate temperatures, and low light levels. Because basements are built underground, they are a prime breeding ground for mold. Moisture can seep through foundation walls, especially after heavy rains, saturating the wood beams and drywall. Once these materials have absorbed water, they dry out very slowly, giving mold spores a chance to establish their colony.
Basement mold can spread to the rest of your house if you do not remove it, so it is best to be proactive about removing existing mold and preventing new mold colonies from forming.
How To Remove Mold in Your Basement
If the moldy area is relatively small, you can remove and clean the area yourself. If mold has colonized a larger area, or has established itself inside the walls or heating ducts, it is best to call a professional mold remediation crew. They have the expertise and equipment to remove the mold safely and effectively.
If you have asthma, mold allergy, or other breathing difficulty, be sure to wear a protective respirator before beginning to clean and remove the mold from your basement. Remove all organic material, such as carpeting, drapery, or drywall that is moldy. It will have to be replaced. Next, thoroughly clean the area with a bleach solution or an antifungal cleanser. Allow the area to dry completely before replacing the carpet, drapery, and other furnishings.
How To Prevent Mold From Coming Back
Eliminating moisture is the most effective way to prevent mold from returning. Invest in a dehumidifier or have your basement professionally sealed. This will eliminate the damp conditions mold needs to grow, and make your basement a more pleasant place to be.
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