Basements often harbor mold because they’re damp and warm. More than in any other area in most homes, steps must be taken to mitigate this risk and lower the likelihood of needing mold restoration. Here are four tips to minimize fungal growth in your basement and make sure your family is safe from potentially harmful spores.
How to Keep Mold out of the Basement
1. Install a Dehumidifier
Moisture is a key ingredient in mold growth. Remove water vapor from the air by installing a dehumidifier, but be sure to empty its container daily to prevent it from spilling over. Also, consider installing a heater to promote drying and boost evaporation in the basement.
2. Promote Clean Ventilation
One of the best ways to prevent this problem is to improve ventilation. Many mold restoration experts recommend installing exhaust fans to circulate the air.
Regularly clean these fans and vents to remove dust, hair, and other debris that can build up. Unfortunately, these contaminants can cause clogs that stop the airflow, lower air quality, and encourage mold growth.
3. Remove Carpeting
Mold restoration teams often pull up basement carpet because it harbors water and mold spores. Only keep or install carpeting when you know this lower floor is completely waterproof and sealed off from flooding and drainage issues. Otherwise, consider leaving the concrete foundation flooring exposed, as it’s easier to keep dry.
4. Promote Outside Drainage
Basements often incur mold damage due to improper drainage. Ensure your exterior precipitation management system, such as gutters and downspouts, encourages water to flow away from the home. If these channels are angled incorrectly, they may funnel water around the foundation, where it may seep in and cause mold spores to grow.
Homeowners who need mold restoration should contact PuroClean® of Northwest Fort Worth to schedule an appointment with their expert team. The technicians are highly trained in disaster remediation to address issues with water, mold, and fire damage. Call the Liberty Crossing, TX, company at (817) 953-5151 to schedule an inspection today. Visit the website for information on their EPA Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting and IICRC Water and Fire Damage Restoration certifications.