Two of mold’s favorite hiding spots are your attic and your basement, and because mold is not picky when it comes to food sources, it sees a virtual buffet practically anywhere it looks. Food isn’t enough for mold to survive. It needs moisture to go along with it so it can grow and ruin lives and take over the world.
Ok, I admit I’m taking it a little far, but mold can get out of hand quickly if the conditions are right.
This is why basements are perfect spaces for mold to grow. They’re dark, they’re damp and more often than not, they house plenty of food sources where mold can live.
Checking for Basement Mold
Has your basement ever flooded? Have you had pipes burst or a sump pump fail? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s a good idea to check for mold.
Even then, just because you don’t see any mold, that doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t there. Mold can sometimes makes its way into the nooks and crannies of your basement, or any cracks in your foundation, and begin to grow.
This is where a mold inspection comes in handy. Before we go any further, let’s put something to rest. They sell several do-it-yourself mold inspection kits over the counter. We don’t recommend these though because their readings aren’t accurate. They’re notorious for giving false positive results.
Mold is all around us, it doesn’t necessarily mean we’re in any immediate danger.
What you need to know are the levels of mold and those readings are something only a professional with a special testing kit can give you.
Where Do We Go From Here?
If you discover you do have basement mold and have professionals remove it, mold prevention is then put in your hands.
In order to prevent mold, you have to know what caused it in the first place. Take a look around your basement and see if you identify any cracks, leaky faucets or landscaping issues that might invite moisture into your house.
Once you have a handle on those you can work on preventing mold from returning to your house. Of course, if you have questions about what the next steps are, you can always give us a call.
Basement mold removal can be a problem, but it doesn’t have to be an unsolvable one. If you have concerns or just want to talk to us for peace of mind, we have a team of certified and knowledgeable professionals waiting to take your call. Contact us today!