Controling Mold and Mold Spores
Has your basement ever flooded? Is it damp? Yes, you may need to have your basement inspected for mold and mildew, and possibly remodel carpet restoration Melbourne it to remove that nasty mold.
You may suspect hidden mold if your basement smells moldy, but you cannot see the source. You may know there has been water damage, but not think there is mold. Mold may be hidden in places such as on the back of drywall, under wallpaper, paneling, carpets the top side of ceiling tiles, underneath tile, and many other places.
How to find sources of mold.
Mold may be hidden around pipes that leak, and pipes that are constantly covered with wet condensation. Heating and air conditioning ductwork can also hide mold that can affect your families heath.
You may want to hire an experienced professional when investigating in your basement for mold, sometimes when looking for mold, spores can be released that are dangerous to your health. You might be amazed at how many mold spores can be released when pulling off basement wallpaper or paneling.
Construction materials used in basement remodeling and construction in the past are perfect for mold to grow. Since they frequently contain wood and paper based products, they provide a great food source for mold, as well as soaking and holding water for long periods of time.
Preventing damp mold growing in your basement tips.
1. Control mold growth by acting quickly when water leaks or spills in your basement. Make it a goal to have any basement leaks or spills to be completely dry in 24 to 48 hours.
2. Make sure the ground outside your home slopes away from the building, so water is directed away from the house instead of collecting and leaking into the basement.
3. Purchase a humidity meter at the hardware store, and keep basement humidity below 60 percent.
4. If you see a lot of condensation on your basement pipes or basement windows, work fast to reduce humidity and dry those surfaces. Lots of condensation can be a sign of high humidity in your basement.
5. Run a dehumidifier in your basement. It will do wonders to pull moisture out of the air, preventing damp and mold growth.
6. Make sure clothes dryers are vented outside of the basement, not inside. The moisture from drying clothes stays in the air and can encourage basement mold growth.
7. If you have a shower in your basement bathroom, install an exhaust fan to pull moist air out of the bathroom while the shower is running.
8. Cover cold surfaces like cold basement water pipes with insulation to prevent basement condensation.
9. Increase the temperature of your basement. Hot air can hold more moisture without causing condensation on basement surfaces.
10. Use fans to keep the air moving. A well ventilated basement will be less likely to become moldy.
If you are considering basement remodeling or basement finishing, did you know you can create your new basement out of mold resistant materials? Breakthrough technology has created mold resistant basement finishing systems so you never have to worry about mold again.