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If you don't work at keeping your basement dry, the dampness might encourage mold growth. Mold is a problem in basements because water in the soil can move through concrete walls and flooring to make the basement wet. Plus, condensation is often a problem in a basement, and even a small amount of water is enough to keep mold alive. Mold can grow on concrete, wood, and belongings like fabric and cardboard boxes. If you have a mold problem in your basement, you should call a remediation company for help. Here are some ways they might eliminate the mold and prevent its return.
Throw Out The Moldy Items
The remediation company will examine your basement and talk to you about the things you want to save. It could be best to throw out as much as possible including flooring and furniture or clothing that's moldy. Moving around items covered with mold is dangerous since it stirs up the mold spores. The cleaning crew will wear protective gear, and you should not be in the area while work is going on unless you're protected.
Clean And Disinfect Walls, Floors, And Surfaces
Once the basement is cleared of moldy clutter, it's time to kill the mold and scrub it away. The goal is to remove as much visible and hidden mold as possible. In some cases, such as mold on wood, the mold might be killed but it will leave a stain behind. When that happens, the basement mold remediation company may paint the area with a sealant that locks the mold in place so it can't spread and so the stain is hidden.
Ventilate The Area
The remediation company may set up a negative ventilation system that pulls air out of the basement through a basement window so spores don't fill the air and spread through your home. Several types of mold can grow in a damp basement, even black mold that can pose a health hazard, so it's necessary to take steps to protect your home and family from the spores.
Check For Hidden Mold
If mold is growing on a wall near your furnace or air handler, or if it's growing on the equipment, it's possible the spores were pulled into the ducts and spread around your home. The mold remediation company searches for mold in places like the ducts and other damp areas of your home just to make sure there are no patches of mold left growing.
Suggest Measures To Keep The Basement Dry
Even after a basement mold remediation company has finished their work, there will probably be mold spores present, or else the spores will come back soon. That's because mold is always in the air, but it isn't always a problem until it meets up with damp growing conditions. The remediation company may offer advice on how to keep your basement dry through preventing condensation, waterproofing, or running a dehumidifier to lower the risk of another problem with mold.