The dangers of mold cannot be stressed enough. Present everywhere in the form of mold spores which float in the air and cannot grow until they find a dark, damp space and a source of nutrients on which to feed (like dust), mold can be a big health problem. Mold grows every well in the basements of homes due to the commonality of three of the very things mold loves: dampness, darkness and dustiness. So if your basement smells “musty” you may actually be dealing with more of a mold problem so contact Mold Remediation Pros.
Risks of Mold
Mold is a problem for your basement because many people are allergic to mold. They can fall victim to symptoms ranging from watering eyes and stuffed up noses to wheezing and rashes on the skin. People with severe allergic reactions can even face difficulty breathing or mold lung infections if your basement mold colony is bad enough. So keeping mold away from your basement in the first place is the best way to keep you and your family healthy.
So You Do Have Mold?
If you go on a hunt through your basement and you find that you do have mold growing on the back walls or perhaps even on the ceiling, then you need to do something about it. Disinfecting mold can take a bit of elbow grease but it is not impossible to take care of yourself. Using a solution of bleach and water works well in most cases – scrubbing away the mold tirelessly until you are left with a brand new wall which is then re-bleached, however, is the only way to ensure that the mold is gone. Being willing to put in this effort now will work wonders at restoring the health of your family from the mold once infesting their basement.
Prevent New Mold
Once you have cleared your basement space of the mold that infiltrated your home, you want to make sure that it never comes back. This can be a tricky pursuit in basements given their location deep within the ground itself, and away from all the heat that keeps the rest of the house warm as it rises. Making it a point to keep your basement as dry as possible will work wonders in terms of keeping mold at bay. If you are able to keep your basement’s levels of relative humidity hovering around or below 55 percent you will be well on your way to ensuring your basement stays mold-free.
Clean Your Basement
You also may need to make it a point to keep your basement clean if you want to keep mold at bay. Removing dust – upon which mold feeds – can go a long way to keep mold as innocuous spores rather than a fungi growth that takes over your basement. Without a food source, and without damp walls on which to procreate, mold colonies have no way to grow.
So do yourself a favor, keep your basement warm and dry, clean and dusted, and you should be able to keep your basement and your family safe from mold.