How to Prevent Mold in Your Basement

It’s common knowledge that mold is a bad thing. Unfortunately, mold growth in the basement is an all-too-common issue that homeowners have to face. The best treatment for mold in the basement is preventing it before it occurs! Mold removal can be extremely costly, but prevention just takes a little extra attention to detail on your part. Check out these easy ways you can prevent mold growth in your basement before it occurs. 

Eliminate Excess Moisture 

Mold needs moisture to grow. If there’s not excess moisture in your basement mold won’t be able to grow. Using a dehumidifier to pull excess moisture out of the air in your basement is the best way to keep your basement consistently dry. Walls and floors can be treated with a moisture prevention layer if the dehumidifier isn’t getting the job done. 

Clean, Clean, Clean! 

Keeping your home clean both on the upper levels and in the basement will help eliminate mold spores before they have the chance to grow into actual mold. Vacuuming, dusting, and mopping should be part of your normal cleaning routine. Vacuum using a HEPA filter to remove harmful mold spores from the air, carpet, and furniture. Your furnace filter can help catch mold spores too and should be changed once a month.  

Remove Clutter 

Basements are the perfect place to store clutter and then forget about it. Those items that have been sitting in your basement untouched for a year or more are the perfect place for mold growth to occur. Go through the items in your basement once a year to eliminate items you no longer need and ensure the remaining items are being stored in waterproof tubs. 

Fix Leaks ASAP 

A small water leak might not seem like a big deal, but it is! Even a slow, small water leak in your basement provides enough moisture for mold growth to occur. Inspect the plumbing lines in your basement regularly. If you find a leak, get it repaired right away

Inspect Your Gutter System 

Clogged gutters can result in water flowing over the side, settling by your home’s foundation. Gutters that are clean will route the water a safe distance away from your home. Clean your gutters at least twice a year to prevent water pooling around the exterior of your basement. Gutter cleaning is recommended in the spring and fall. You can make it a DIY project or hire a professional if you’re not ready to climb up the ladder yourself. 

Contact B-Dry Boston today to learn more about preventing mold in your basement. From prevention tips to mold removal services, our team has got you covered! Don’t attempt to remove mold in your basement without the help of a professional. Improper cleaning techniques could put you and your family at risk of harmful mold exposure. 

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