Because they are often dark and damp, basements can be the perfect place for mold to grow. Once it takes hold, it grows rapidly in moist, humid conditions. Mold can be very difficult to get rid of once it finds a place to grow, so it’s best to be proactive and prevent mold from getting started.
Homeowners should focus on these five ways to prevent mold from growing in the basement:
- Monitor Humidity
Keeping the humidity down in the home is the best way to make it uninhabitable for mold. Use a hygrometer to measure the level of humidity. If it is 45% or higher, mold is more likely to grow. To reduce humidity when levels get too high, use a dehumidifier.
- Clean the Clutter
Basements are notorious for being the place to store junk. When stuff accumulates, it blocks air flow and reduces ventilation, creating a humid area. Mold also likes to feed on items like papers, books, and clothing so avoid allowing these items to directly touch flooring or walls.
- Direct Water Away
During rain or snow, the water needs to be draining away from the house. If the ground is not sloped properly and gutters are not positioned correctly, water can pool around the foundation of the house. This increases the chance of water making its way inside causing water damage and mold. Check to make sure the drainage slopes away from the house to prevent this.
- Taking Care of Water Damage
Water damage can happen in many ways. If and when it does happen, call All Star Plumbing and Restoration right away. The sooner the water damaged area is properly dried out and restored, the less chance of incurring mold damage.
- Air it Out
When they aren’t regularly used, basements don’t get much fresh air. This can lead to humidity. Try to open windows to get rid of the stale air and bring in some fresh, clean air.
If water damage or mold is found in the basement, call All Star Plumbing and Restoration as soon as possible. Both water and mold can cause costly damage to the home if not properly cleaned up.