basement mold and mildew

If you have a basement, chances are you’ve seen white, tan, green, brown, black, powdery, or fuzzy-looking growth on some of the contents of your basement or its building materials. That growth is mold, or mildew, as many people call it.

Where Does Mold Come From?

Mold is everywhere in the environment, including the outdoors as well as inside your home. Mold spores float in the air like pollen in the spring. All that is required for mold to grow is a food source and sufficient moisture. Food sources abound in a basement and include building materials, furniture, and cardboard boxes. The moisture source may be a plumbing leak, water intrusion from outside, or stagnant, humid air.

Most basements are a mold problem waiting to happen. If you have a basement, you either have mold or you will have mold, so it is important to implement preventative measures.

How Do I Prevent Mold?

Since you can’t eliminate all of the mold spores from the air and you can’t remove all of the building materials and contents from your basement, the only practical way to stop mold from growing is to eliminate or control the moisture source.

Plumbing leaks can be repaired and water intrusion can be stopped by waterproofing the foundation walls, installing French drains, and diverting water away from the foundation. Stagnant humid air should be conditioned and filtered to prevent mold growth and eliminate odors. Basement air can be conditioned using an HVAC system and/or dehumidifier, and air circulation can be improved with ceiling fans. We will cover this in much more detail in subsequent posts.

How Branch Environmental Can Help

If you have seen or suspect that you have mold growing in your basement, Branch Environmental can inspect your basement to determine the extent of the problem, identify the moisture source, develop and implement a solution, or walk you through the process if you choose to tackle it yourself. Get in touch at (706) 310-0097 to learn more about how we can help!