How to Stop Mold Growth in Your Basement

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It is common to observe mold growth in a damp basement. However, the mold may be noxious and must be controlled and extinguished as soon as it is detected. Luckily there are several methods you can try to stop mold growth in your basement without the help of a professional.

Steps to Eradicate Mold Growth in the Basement:

Step One

First, you must remove the mold and then you may take steps to prevent future infestation. You must remove the entire mass of visible mold whether it is dead or alive.

Wear a protective face mask, rubber gloves, disposable clothing, and goggles during this procedure to protect your entire body from the mold spores.

Warning: Mold can be removed from nonporous surfaces by scrubbing the surfaces with a non-ammonia cleaner or detergent. However, mold growth on porous surfaces including wallpaper, carpet padding, and sheetrock cannot be remedied. Therefore, these surfaces must be deconstructed and completely removed. Mold growth on wood should be scrubbed and sanded before it is considered safe.

Step Two

After the mold has been completely eradicated you must disinfect and sanitize the entire area with a mixture of bleach and water. You must continue to wear protective clothing during this time and open all of the windows to aid in ventilation.

Step Three

Consider what caused the problem. In order for mold to grow in your basement, there has to be some kind of moisture problem in the space.

While you search for the cause of the problem you may choose to install a dehumidifier in your basement as a way to both prevent and detour the future growth of mold. A dehumidifier will remove moisture from the air in your basement that enables and accelerates mold growth.

Next, confirm that all of the plumbing, dryer ducts, bathrooms, and other moisture-creating sources are directed and vented outside of the home. It is absolutely essential that you follow each of these moisture-creating sources from their initial access point to their final exit space. This is the only way you can know for certain that these aren’t the causes of your mold infestation.

Remember: The only way to prevent mold is to keep the space dry and free of materials that the mold could use as food and a breeding ground from which to spread quickly. Items such as paper, firewood, and clothing should not be stored in the basement if at all possible.

If these items must be stored in the basement make sure to store them away from the walls of the room. Mold commonly initially begins within the walls of the home before spreading throughout a space. For the same reason, it is helpful to raise the items from the floor ensuring that they are not touching any of the walls of the basement.