Though it may seem that mold is just a nuisance that can appear in your home, it actually proves to be a very dangerous presence. It can take over a person’s life if not adequately eliminated. It can be destructive on the property, as well as cause harm to a person’s health.
Unfortunately, mold can appear as easy as letting a section moist enough within 24-48 hours. It can even enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to clothing, shoes, and pets can and be carried indoors. It begins its growth on anything that is damp and will begin its invasion from there. If it is not taken care of quickly, it will consume your life and home.
While mold can grow anywhere, it is most likely to begin growing in a basement because of the perfect conditions it harbors. Mold thrives in dark, damp areas that are around 60-80 degrees, all of which the average basement supplies readily. Knowing that mold can be so disastrous, it would be beneficial to understand how to prevent it in the first place. By having vital knowledge, you may never have to deal with the aftermath of mold growth.
One of the first things that need to be done is to eliminate any sources of excess water. If any cracks in the basement floors or walls are noticed, be sure to patch them up promptly with sealants, such as epoxy and hydraulic cement.
Leaky or burst pipes are another huge contributor to water and mold damage in basements. Pipes can begin to leak or even burst for numerous reasons. Pipes can corrode, especially if there is hard water present, chemicals are being run through them, or the pipes are just not fitted correctly. When you notice that a pipe is corroded in any way, replace them as soon as possible.
High water pressure can be another reason for leaky pipes. Because pipes are only meant for a certain amount of pressure, they can easily leak/burst if the maximum amount is exceeded. Water pressure can fluctuate, especially if there is a clog somewhere or the weather has changed suddenly. Be sure to take the proper steps to lower your water pressure to avoid further leaks or a burst in your pipe system.
Unfortunately, weather can change quickly and without warning, something that we are unable to control. However, it can be prepared ahead of time. Heavy rain and storms can lead to water damage as they can cause water build-up along the foundation of your home. If this happens, you can end up with a flooded basement. You can avoid this by resealing your basement, windows, and any cracks present in the foundation. You can also prepare by cleaning out your gutters regularly, at least twice a year depending on the foliage around your home. Additionally, make sure water drains away from the home, and check the roof for leaks.
If the humidity level is consistently high in the basement, a dehumidifier may be an extremely useful item to reduce it. Make sure to select one that has the capacity to work effectively with the square footage and moisture level in the basement.
Both plants and wood flooring are great sources of food for mold. Decorating with plants should be avoided because of their propensity for mold and moisture. However, wood can be a lot more difficult to avoid in a basement, especially if there is wood framing or flooring. If this is the case, precautions will need to be taken. The paneling, trim, and flooring will need to be cleaned regularly. In addition, if the basement has a fireplace, keep any wood outside, as it not only attracts mold but also termites.
By taking the proper steps now, you can avoid mold damage from happening to your basement. However, even when preventative measures are taken, some things are just unpredictable. Because of that, there are professionals readily available to assist you. Contact Restoration 1 of Greater Minneapolis now to get rid of any problems you are faced with.