Mold and mildew are common to most homes that are located in a humid climate, but just because mold is common, doesn’t mean that it has to be put up with. If you have mold growing in your current home or a home that you are thinking of buying, call a water damage restoration specialist to take a look and give you an estimate to clean it up. Many types of mold can be hazardous to your health and should be handled by a trained professional. Here are some ways to keep the mold out after you’ve had a professional clean it up.
Basements are infamous for being damp and dank, and in humid climates, this is taken to the extreme. Sometimes you can practically feel the air getting thicker as you enter a basement. In these cases, you will want to invest in a dehumidifier. There are many options and price ranges available, but the best ones are the electric ones that literally suck the moisture out of the air. You will have to empty the drawer where it collects the water periodically, but it takes little other maintenance. This can save you loads of money and time by keeping the mold at bay.
Carpet and hardwood flooring are popular choices throughout the home and carpet can be very cozy in a basement, but you should consider some things before you install your flooring. Water can absorb into carpet easily and stay there. Mold can easily grow in the carpet fibers and below the carpet in the pad if there is moisture present for the mold to feast on. Hardwood flooring is also not a great choice in basements, because moisture can be easily trapped below them as well. Mold can grow under the boards and the wood can also start to bow with increased contact with moisture. If you have a basement, you might want to consider installing tile, stained cement, laminate, or carpet with a very short fiber.
Seal the Foundation
If you are finishing your basement yourself, the most important thing you do is the seal the foundation. This should be done before the framing and insulation are put in. This will keep your basement from flooding when your yard does because of various reasons like heavy rainfall or a sprinkler problem. If your basement does flood, the first thing you should do is call a water damage crew so they can assess the damage and prevent mold from growing there.
If you have a bathroom in the basement of your home, it is important that you take steps to reduce the amount of moisture added to the air. Use a fan while you are taking a shower and squeegee down the walls of the shower when you are done. If mildew starts to grow on the ceilings or around the bathtub, immediately use bleach or another strong chemical to get it off. If you see black mold growing, then call a water damage professional to clean it off safely. If you regularly clean and disinfect your bathrooms, it is unlikely that any mold will grow.
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