The Rise of Basement Mold and How to Stop It

water damaged basementBasement mold in Rockford is serious problem not only because of the smell and unsightly appearance, but because of the dangerous health effects of mold exposure as well. While it may seem that a basement is bound to be musty and moldy no matter what, there are actually ways to prevent basement mold from growing in the first place or to take care of it once and for all if it's already growing. Here's what you need to know.

Where Mold Comes From

Mold grows in practically any area that is dark and damp. This makes basements a perfect breeding ground because basements tend to be damp a lot of the time because they are built below ground level, and moisture can migrate through the concrete foundation. Water can also enter the basement easily through cracks in the foundation and around improperly sealed windows. Additionally, there is typically not as much ventilation in a basement, which also makes it easier for mold to grow.

Preventing Excess Moisture

The best way to stop mold from growing in your basement is to reduce how moist the basement is. If your basement is unfinished, consider using mold-resistant drywall. This type of drywall is made from different materials from standard drywall that resist water, and are especially helpful in basement laundry rooms and bathrooms. Additionally, make sure any water-using appliances are ventilated outdoors, including dryers that release moisture into the air. Installing or repairing existing rain gutters can help keep water away from your foundation as well. Insulating basement pipes and windows can help cut down condensation that can also promote mold growth.

Preventing Mold after Flood

If you face the unfortunate circumstances of a flooded basement, before calling LDR Construction Services you can reduce the chances of mold growth by removing the water and water damaged belongings as quickly as possible. It's important for you and the professionals to begin moisture removal and dehumidifying work immediately to eliminate areas that mold can breed after flooding.
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