Mold in the Basement and How to Get Rid of It
The basement is susceptible to high levels of moisture. With low airflow and reduced light, moisture is the perfect condition for mold to grow. If any part of your home will have a mold problem, it is the basement.
If you have a basement mold issue on your hands, you can’t ignore it as it can lower air quality and cause several health issues.
This post examines simple ways to test for mold and remove it on your own.
Testing for mold in the basement
Mold removal experts can easily determine the presence of mold in your basement down to its species.
However, if you’re handling the removal yourself, you may have to identify the mold on your own. Mold testing kits have become widely available.
You can buy one of them and follow the instructions to get an instant, accurate result.
Getting rid of basement mold
Now that you know how to test for mold, it’s time to get down to work.
Protect yourself and ventilate
Mold is dangerous and has a damaging effect on health.
Before you attempt to remove mold, you should protect yourself by wearing gloves, a face mask, long-sleeve shirts, closed-toe shoes, and safety glasses.
If your basement has windows, open them and the doors too. You can also have at least one fan to prevent a build-up of mold spores.
Remove damaged materials
Remove every affected item from the basement.
Any furniture, carpets, decorations, and curtains showing signs of mold should be removed and disposed of. If your drywall is contaminated by mold, pull it off the wall.
Kill the mold
There are several homemade and premade solutions that can effectively kill mold.
Baking soda and white vinegar are effective natural, homemade solutions you can apply on the affected area, leave overnight, and then scrub off or wipe off with a cloth, depending on the affected material.
You can also spray a chemical treatment over the mold and follow the instructions.
Find the underlying moisture source and fix it
Don’t forget to find and fix the moisture source before calling it a day. Else, you could waste time, energy, and money removing mold only to find another mold growth weeks later.
There are various causes of basement moisture, ranging from plumbing leakage and excess humidity to other hidden problems. If you can’t handle it on your own, a basement waterproofing professional will be able to help.