If you have a basement, chances are you have mold. But don’t despair, basement mold is commonplace in our hot, humid corner of the world.
Mold is naturally occurring and is virtually everywhere, and basements often present the ideal environment. If you or a member of your family often experience headaches or cold and allergy symptoms, you may suspect a problem with mold in your basement—and with good reason. Indoor air quality and the air you breathe has a direct effect on your health and wellbeing.
How Can You Tell If You Have A Mold Problem?
Mold is already in the air naturally, and becomes an issue when it is able to attach to surfaces, reproduce and thrive. High humidity, particularly in a basement, can be an ideal environment.
The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture. When a basement isn’t properly sealed, moisture can seep through the foundation and become a constant source of moisture.
Telltale signs of a problem include green or grey colored sports on surfaces such as wood paneling, wood furniture, cardboard boxes, leather, bare wood, drywall and other surfaces.
Do-It-Yourself Basement Mold Removal
Can you do the cleanup yourself? It may depend on the size of the mold problem. If the affected area is less than a few square feet, in most cases, you can handle the job yourself.
Your goal as a homeowner should be to maintain humidity levels in your basement below 60% so that mold spores cannot spread.
There are some commonsense steps to take in order to achieve that. Use a freestanding dehumidifier, preferably one with a built-in drain to alleviate constantly dumping the container. This will dry the air.
One of the best solutions is an HVAC system that will dry and condition the air at least four times a day. Because HVAC systems aren’t often triggered to run in cool basements, an HVAC system with a dehumidifier built in and a combination thermostat and humidistat is an ideal fix.
There may be circumstances when an HVAC system is too costly, the problem too widespread or perhaps the cause too difficult to identify yourself. In those instances, it may be time to call a professional.
Identify The Real Problem, Find The Real Solution.
At Branch Environmental, we’re experts not only at basement mold removal, but at determining and remediating the underlying causes.
The process often begins with a thorough Indoor Air Quality Assessment. First we talk to you. How long has there been a problem? What have you seen? Has anything changed? Then we look in the basement— and at the roof, the attic, the vents, ductwork, and various nooks and crannies of your home.
We’ll make sure you clearly understand the entire process so there are no surprises. We use safe and environmentally friendly products, and never introduce harsh chemicals into your home. Finally, we remove the source of the excess moisture so the mold will never return.