How to prevent mold in your basement
How to Prevent Growth of Mold in your Basement
Our basements are often a catch-all or unthought-of area in our homes, however, they are the most likely to develop a mold issue and in fact, require home or business owners to take proper precautions to prevent the growth of mold which can cause health as well as structural or cosmetic damages to our loved ones or property.
Here are some steps you can take to prevent the growth of mold in the basement of your home or business:
First and foremost know the humidity level in your basement should be between 30 and 50 percent. Basements typically tend to hold humidity so you can install a humidifier to reduce the levels. Be sure to check the tank and filters frequently to ensure the efficiency of your dehumidifier.
Another effective way to prevent basement mold growth is to ensure proper ventilation. Basements are often poorly ventilated, which can lead to a buildup of moisture. You can install a ventilation system to improve air circulation in your basement. This will help to reduce the humidity levels and prevent mold growth.
It is also important to check your basement for cracks and leaks which would effect the dampness in your basement. If the outside is getting prioritize fixing this issue by sealing your basement properly from the outside elements.
Keeping your basement clean and clutter free is another way to prevent mold from infesting your basement unknowingly. Mold growth can truly thrive in a dusty inconspicuous environment. Out of sight out of mind is not ideal when it comes to mold infestations. It is imperative that you keep your basement clean and clear of clutter to be vigilant in mold prevention.
If you are planning to finish your basement rather than utilize it for storage purposes it is recommended that you use mold-resistant building materials for your drywall paint and sealing and insulation processes.
It is important to stay on top of the awareness that mold growth is likely to occur in your basement because it is dark and damp, even when all proper precautions have been taken mold can transpire. We highly recommend that even after all precautions have been taken that you take the time to regularly inspect your basement to make sure that no mold is growing! This ensures that should mold arise it can be remediated before it becomes a threat and spreads in your home or business!
If you find or suspect mold in your home or business our team of highly trained professional technicians are equipped with the knowledge and power to contain and remediate a mold infestation and restore your property to its pre-damaged condition.
What’s Causing Your Mold Growth
There are many different factors that could be leading to mold growth at your home. These are the most common causes we run into:
- Leaks from Appliances
- A sink or toilet or tub that overflowed
- Damp or wet basements
- HVAC Issues
- Foundation leaks or cracks
- Leaking or cracked water pipes or fixtures
- Issues with plumbing
- Leak in roof or siding
- Lack of Ventilation causing humidity or condensation
- Clog or drain issues.
- Flood or water damage
How much will it cost to remove the mold and restore my business or property?
The reality is there is no way to give you an answer to that question without having our team of certified technicians come and inspect the mold damages, this is the only way to accurately quote you any type of pricing for mold removal and remediation. The cost is determined by many factors. It is likely that some or all the costs may be covered by your insurance. SERVPRO works with your insurance.
Factors that are taken into consideration to make this assessment include but are not limited to the following:
- Dimensions of the affected area
- Time spent on labor and supplies to restore our business or property.
- The amount of water extracted as well as time and accessibility to extract water from the affected area.
- Labor to repair the source of moisture.
Can MOLD Destroy Your Home?
The negative effects on your home can be catastrophic if left untreated.
- Appliance Damages
- Damage to personal property
- Health concerns
- Cosmetic and structural damages to business or residence