Preventing Mold From Growing in Your Basement.

Preventing Mold From Growing in Your Basement.

Moldy basement in duluth
Severe water damage on a wall in a neglected basement. It’s covered in dirt, cracks, mold and mildew.

One of the most common calls we get at Dryco is customers in Duluth with mold in their basement. Due to the age and construction of many homes in the Duluth and Superior area, favorable conditions for mold exist just down the stairs. How can you prevent this from happening?

The first step in preventing mold in your basement is regular inspections. Sometimes if we have unfinished basement, months may pass before setting foot down there. If you inspect regularly, the opportunity to fix a problem before it requires professional attention, is available. The EPA recommends professional remediation if the affected area is over 100 Sqft.

During your inspections you should look for signs of moisture or leaks, musty odors or high humidity. If any of these are present it could be a sign that you have mold. Small leaks and high humidity can often be addressed using a dehumidifier and fans. If the problem is persistent consider buying a dehumidifier with an automatic drain line and auto on/off set at 45% RH.

Keeping the basement dry is the most important thing when preventing mold growth. It is also important that the basement doesn’t have boxes stacked in the corner creating pockets of stagnant air.

If leaks are more than a dehumidifier and fans can dry within 24 hours, it is time to consider a basement water proofing company. They have the skills and knowledge to effectively stop leaks.

Mold can be a detriment to living a healthy lifestyle so if you have concerns about mold or have some in your basement, call us today for a professional consultation. 218-628-6101 Check out our Mold page for more info.


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