When a basement becomes wet due to a leak or a foundation that allows moisture to seep through, as well as spills, mold can find the perfect conditions to grow unimpeded until it becomes a health hazard and a serious issue. If you want to stop it from growing or even appearing, then you will need to be a little more serious about prevention. The following tips will give you the tools and knowledge you need to make sure you can keep mold away:
- Proper ventilation of the basement is a necessary step toward keeping it clean. If you have proper air flow, then you will have an easier time dealing with mold growth. If you want to ventilate the basement, then you need to open doors and windows or you can have fans running a good portion of the day, so they can move air.
- You need to remove wet, soft items from the basement as soon as you can. Anything wet will add to the humidity levels in your basement, which will easily promote mold growth when the spores thrive in such environments. Damp books, clothes, cardboard and more can be a serious problem in such an environment.
- You should also make sure you have the vent that works for the clothes dryer actually vents outside. If the filters or vent happen to be clogged, then this will increase the humidity levels and thus lead to a more mold-friendly environment. You should check outside while the clothes dryer is working and you will have a chance to see whether the vent works right. You may need to open it up and fix that in case it doesn’t.
- You will need to insulate the basement pipes or the windows so you can keep condensation away during the cold months outside or vice versa. If the basement continues to get wet due to ice or condensation you will have a harder time dealing with the mold. Use fiberglass, pipe sleeves or other types of insulation will greatly help in keeping your windows safe from condensation.
- You should run a dehumidifier in the basement to lower the excess moisture in the air and to keep humidity low. This will stop mold in its tracks, so make sure you run the dehumidifier if the humidity in your basement passes 60%.
- Make sure rainwater flows away from the walls of your home, as it will help with the moisture and therefore keep mold away. Gutters and drainage pipes must be free of debris at all times. To do this you will need to ensure the ground slopes away from your home as well, so focus on that and hire a contractor to do it for you if that’s not the case or do the job yourself. Also having a water powered sump pump can help keep unwanted water out of your basement