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The Causes and Solutions of Basement Mold

Basement MoldAs human beings, we are intelligent enough to find ways to overcome a problem. We start by identifying the problem, then we gather data to help us make a decision and come up with a solution.

Similarly, we educate ourselves on things that can cause damage to our health.

For example, mosquitoes cause dengue or malaria and bacteria can cause tuberculosis, pneumonia, and more.

There are many types of organisms which cause disease and they vary greatly in terms of how they infect and affect humans.

But not many of us consider the health dangers of mold.

Similarities of Bacteria and Mold

Both bacteria and mold survive in moist places. They can reproduce asexually and proliferate rapidly. Especially if the environment is favorable.

This is the reason antibacterial and anti-fungal soaps were created—to neutralize bacteria living on our skin.

These soaps cleanse the skin by killing the bacteria and they assist in keeping the skin dry. Bacteria such as mold cannot survive in a dry environment. Moisture is a key requirement for mold growth or reproduction, but the good news is that moisture is also the easiest requirement for all of us to control.

Controlling Basement Mold

Typically, the basement becomes the storage area for boxes and materials not regularly used.  So, it is hardly surprising you would fail to notice any leaks causing floors and walls to be damp. Excessive moisture is a favorable condition for mold to grow. Apart from this moisture, humid air and organic materials are contributing factors causing mold to grow rapidly.

There are many types of molds that can cause harm and they are likely to be found in any part of your basement.

The one area of your home which is less visited and cleaned is probably your basement. The best way to control or prevent basement mold is by cleaning regularly, making periodic checks for dampness or moisture intrusion, and running a dehumidifier.

Your job is to keep your basement as dry as possible.

Mold Growth

Mold will also grow on any objects or building materials made of organic substances. Basement mold can be found anywhere organic materials are stored. Items such as drywall, wood, carpet, insulation, wallpaper, furniture, clothes, and cardboard boxes are all good examples of materials that grow mold rapidly under favorable conditions, like being stored in a damp basement.

It is also important to regularly check for leaks or damaged pipes. Once there is water in the basement, some molds begin growing within two days. Basements usually are dark, have poor ventilation, and often become humid when no sunlight can reach them.

These underlying factors should be addressed if you don’t want mold to occur in your basement. Because we know, if mold goes unnoticed and starts to grow there, it will rapidly multiply and begin to affect other areas of the house, worsening the situation.

Factors to Consider

You can use the simple approach to preventing mold in your basement by cleaning regularly and checking for dampness or water leaks periodically. You might also be able to detect the presence of basement mold just by the smell. Because the basement is enclosed, and the airflow is slow moving, odors will accumulate and gradually become noticeable. Don’t ignore this sign.

Recommendations

Regularly check the whole basement for dampness or water leaks. Repair any broken pipes or leaking joints. Keep a battery back up on your sump pump.  If you have an ejector pump, in addition to a sump pump, make sure it gets replaced at the end of it’s scheduled life. And most importantly, seek professional help if mold is discovered to be sure all basement mold is properly removed.

If mold is not visible in your basement but you suspect it is present or you know you’ve had moisture intrusion, give us a callWe are happy to help answer any questions.

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