How to Prevent Mold Growth In Your Basement
Basements are typically dark, damp spaces in your home that you may not use very often. Although some homeowners like to take an out of sight out of mind approach to the basement, this can be detrimental to your health. Mold is a very common affliction of homes specifically in basements as it grows in areas that are prone to moisture and don’t receive much sunlight. Luckily there are some simple steps for mold prevention in your basement and if you are already experiencing mold growth in your basement, a Toledo Basement Repair professional can help.
Control Humidity Levels
A great way to prevent mold growth is controlling the humidity level in your basement. It’s important for mold prevention because it limits the amount of moisture in the air. Maintaining a humidity level between 30% and 50% will reduce the risk of mold growth in your basement and home. Installation of a dehumidifier or air conditioner will help keep the humidity level low. However, the level of humidity can fluctuate during the day so make sure you check it multiple times.
Another way that moisture gets in your basement is through leaks in your roof, plumbing, and windows. If you notice signs of water damage, it is important to fix them immediately or call a Toledo basement Repair professional so that the leak can be fixed. You want any water damage to be contained ASAP. Professionals can use special equipment to dry out the area and remove any mold growth. Once mold begins to grow it spreads easily so catching it and having it professionally removed as soon as possible is ideal.
If your basement is finished and has bathrooms, a kitchen, etc. it is essential to make sure that you have proper ventilation. In general, basements do not have many windows which can make it difficult to let fresh air in. Ensuring that you have properly installed and working exhaust fans in your basement, help eliminate any dampness in the air that allows mold to grow. These fans are recommended to be installed particularly in bathrooms, kitchens, and near the clothes dryer.
If you already have mold damage in your basement it is imperative that you have it remediated immediately. Some individuals are allergic to mold and may experience symptoms similar to those of other airborne allergies such as itching, sneezing, and stuffy nose. Those who suffer from asthma can have more severe reactions. Even healthy individuals can be affected by the poor air quality in a home with mold and may begin experiencing upper respiratory tract symptoms.
While wearing gloves, masks, and old clothes, remove the material that has mold on it. Make sure you seal off the damaged area, so the mold spores do not travel to other areas. Inspect surrounding materials for mold damage and remove them as necessary. If you are uncomfortable completing these repairs on your own or if the mold damage is extensive, call Toledo Basement Repair today- (419) 297-6138.