Mold can grow in a home throughout the year. However, damp, dark conditions make it easier for mold to accumulate in your basement and even cause mold to spread throughout the house. Once mold spores appear, removing mold becomes more challenging. Additionally, mold is an eyesore and leaves an unpleasant odor. Plus, it can affect your belongings, property value, and health. That’s why we’d like to share these tips on preventing mold growth in your basement. Here are some mold growth prevention steps we encourage you to take.
Ensure There is Minimal Moisture
It’s best to remove any lingering moisture to prevent mold in the first place. We suggest calling a professional to fix foundation cracks, leaking pipes, and unsealed windows and doors. These entrances allow water to enter your home. Also, it’s best to seal any opening that allows water or water vapor to enter your home. A trained professional can correct these issues to save you time and effort and from making costly mistakes. Reach out to a basement waterproofing company if your basement is still collecting water or flooding. The cause of the issue isn’t always clear, but professionals can get down to the root of the cause.
Inspect Your Sump Pump
Your sump pump is vital in preventing water buildup in your basement. A sump pump’s job is to collect extra water in your home’s foundation and redirect it away from your home. However, your basement will likely flood if your sump pump isn’t working correctly. As a result, the water will attract mold. If necessary, take preventative measures by replacing your sump pump. If your sump pump fails and you notice mold growth, contact a professional for mold remediation.
Choose Excellent Flooring
Mold can increase on carpeting. There are ways to remove mold from a carpet, such as hiring a professional carpet cleaning company that will use dehumidification and water extraction equipment. It’s also possible to use vinegar, baking soda, antifungal cleaner, or bleach as a last resort. However, things become even more complicated when mold grows underneath a carpet. Instead, consider opting for a washable surface such as ceramic or vinyl tiles. Whichever flooring you prefer, remember to frequently clean or vacuum your floors.
Invest in Exterior Waterproofing Methods
Waterproofing your home’s interior is just as important as the exterior. Any landscaping areas will keep rising water from flooding your home. It’s best to plan your landscaping around basement flood prevention. Therefore, you’ll create a boundary around your home, reducing the amount of moisture that makes it into your basement.
Additionally, your gutters protect your home from excess rainwater. Therefore, it’s best to clean and inspect your gutters. Plus, downspouts with the proper position should channel water away from your house’s foundation. We recommend that local professionals clean your home’s downspouts and ensure they aren’t defective.
Hire Lanham Construction for All Your Basement Waterproofing Needs
We hope you appreciated part one of preventing mold growth in your basement. The professionals here at Lanham Construction are here to keep your home secure and moisture-free. There are many consequences associated with not waterproofing your basement. Contact us today to learn more about our waterproofing services.
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