Mold needs moisture to survive, and the troublesome microorganisms get it in abundance in the dark and dank basement environments. Once an infestation takes hold, mold will grow at a rapid rate and multiply. Hence it is imperative to ged rid of mold from your basement through proper and safe remediation process that will prevent its reoccurrence.
Basement mold is essentially mold found in the basement of your home due to various reasons such as lack of ventilation, leakages, flooding, and many more. If you have ever walked in your basement and experienced stuffiness in your nose or a rise of coughing, or even noticed some unsightly black spots or white fuzz, then chances are you have mold growing in your basement, and it is time that you remediate it.
With most basements only in seldom use, it can spread undetected mold for weeks or even months. As mold grows, it eats away at materials such as wood, walls, and ceilings causing structural damage that requires costly and time-consuming repairs.
Mold in basements can also affect the living area upstairs. Mold spores are carried from the basement to the main rooms through a process called the "Stack Effect". During this process, warm air rising within the house leaves through the loft, attic, or upper levels causing a vacuum at the lower levels. This vacuum pulls the air containing mold spores from your basement into the other areas of your home.
The quicker you handle the situation, the less damage it will cause.
There is nothing more frustrating and dangerous than living with black fuzzy patches all over your basement floor. Besides the musty smell that could creep into your living space, mold spores in your basement pose serious threat, and can cause numerous health issues through inhalation and skin contact. Untreated mold can spread further causing damage to your living space and sometimes to the foundation of your home.
As per the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), there are many health issues and symptoms that can arise from mold in the basement.
Mold can be irritable to your eyes, nose, throat, skin, and even your lungs, whether you are allergic or not. Inhaling mold spores or coming into contact with mold can result in allergic reactions such as coughing, runny nose, sneezing, rashes on the skin, and even redness in the eyes. In severe cases of an allergic reaction inhaling mold spores may even cause shortness of breath. This is especially dangerous for people who have asthma as inhaling spores can trigger an asthma attack.
While most molds are not toxic, they produce toxic substances that can affect people with pre-existing health conditions, such as respiratory problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the people who are more at risk of mold allergies are infants, children, the elderly, and individuals with a compromised immune system or an existing lung condition.
Other than being dangerous and posing risk to your health, black molds in your basements can also compromise the structure of the basement and the entire building. This is more common in finished basements where the mold feeds on building materials like the wallboards, floors, beams, furniture, carpets, and insulation. If proper remediation is not done, black molds continuously feed on these materials, weaken them and make the house unliveable in the long run.
You can easily clean the mold yourself using common household cleaning agents like vinegar and baking soda if it affects an area less than 10 square feet, or slightly more. However, if the mold growth covers a larger area, and is severe, then it is recommended by the CDC and the NIEHS is to hire a professional to remediate mold from your basement.
Our professional mold mitigation service will analyze the severity of the problem, and remediate the mold completely to prevent it's reoccurrence.
We have several approaches when it comes to basement mold remediation. Our team of experienced IICRC certified mold experts are committed to ensuring your basement is free from mold. We use effective procedures and a systematic approach to fix moldy basements without causing the molds to spread to other areas in your home, nor causing any discomfort to the family members.
Our basement mold abaetment service include inspections, moisture mapping to determine moisture source, thermal imaging to identify all wet areas, mold detection and removal, along with recommendations of preventative measures for the future.
The cost to remediate basement mold will range from $500 to $5,000, depending on various factors such as the amount of mold growth, location and techniques used. Click here to know the factors used to estimate the cost for a mold removal/remediation project.
To provide you an exact cost, our expert will conduct free inspection to determine the kind of mold you are dealing with and how best we can help you remediate it. After examining your basement, we offer a budget estimation at no hidden cost. We will also suggest and fix the source that cause the mold to grow such as drywall repair, fixing leaky roofs, sealing the foundation, and repairing the floors.
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Let us now look into more details about mold in your basement, it's signs, causes and prevention.
There are many ways to know if there is mold in your basement. Sometimes, the most obvious sign is by it's smell. Molds are mainly known for their wet, musty odor that resembles a damp and dirty old rag. Check out the dark corners of your basement or under the stairs for this odor.
The next step in detecting mold in your basement is to look for signs of mold growth in highly susceptible areas of your basement. Mold likes to grow in dark, damp, and constricted spaces. Places that are often not very easily accessed or cleaned.
So, look at places that are usually hidden from sight. For instance, around vents and pipes, behind wallpaper or panels, and even behind drywall. It is important to check under carpets, behind furniture, or storage boxes that you have in your basement as well. It is also crucial to check heating ducts and the air conditioner as mold can often grow near them.
A basement is one of the most viable breeding grounds for mold in any building. The dark, damp, and humid conditions of a basement allow molds to grow quickly without being noticed. The most common cause of mold growth in basements is moisture. This could be liquid water from a leaky pipe or condensation from high humidity or could be due to a flood.
Among several causes, some of the most common causes of basement mold as suggested by CDC and NIEHS are:
The stagnant air due to poor ventilation in your basement is a breeding ground for mold. Due to the basement being below ground level, there are fewer ventilation outlets causing poor ventilation.
Basements tend to have high levels of humidity, which is generally persistent. This is especially relevant if you live in an area where the climate is humid or near large water bodies such as a lake.
Water from flooding can take up to several weeks to dry, which is more than enough time for mold spores to spread and grow. It is essential to dry your basement thoroughly if it has been flooded.
One of the largest causes for mold growth in the basement is leaky pipes. Often small leaks that go unnoticed can cause much damage due to the moisture that they leave behind attracting spores causing mold growth.
Condensation build-up can occur when there are temperature fluctuations. This mostly occurs during the winter and can lead to the growth of mold. Condensation can gather on windows, metal pipes, concrete, and even walls and floor tiles.
There are several other causes such as drainage backups and HVAC leak, which supports mold growth in your basement.
The best way to prevent your basement from getting moldy is to reduce moisture and humidity. Repair all sources of moisture leakage like broken pipes or open seals on floors and walls. It is also important to prevent any longstanding water or flood.
You can also control basement mold by regularly cleaning your basement. Move any boxes or items on the floor to check for moisture or dampness and immediately fix any leakage. Here are some tips to prevent mold growth in your baseement:
In simple terms, yes, mold can spread from your basement to all-around your house through its spores. It is essential to act fast and get mold remediated to ensure that it does not spread around your home. Once the mold is growing in the basement, an increased volume of spores will disperse in the air and continue spreading the mold around your home.
It is always best to avoid carpet in the basement as one of the most common places for mold to grow is under carpets. Once the mold has started to grow under your carpet, it is usually impossible to clean, and the carpet will need to be removed. The mold will not be visible on the carpet's surface unless the mold growth is quite severe.
Mold can grow under vinyl flooring due to large leaks or extended slow leaks. Although mold that grows on top of the vinyl floor can be cleaned, it is usually impossible to clean mold growing under vinyl flooring. Basement vinyl flooring will have to be removed if there is mold growing under it.
Before buying a home, it is essential to get a mold inspection done. The presence of mold in the home can lower the appraisal value of the house. However, it is important to know that mold in the home can be detrimental to your health. It is crucial to get the mold inspection done and have the mold remediated before you move in.
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