What causes mold and mildew, and how to prevent it...
Mold and Mildew can be a very costly basement problem. Here are simple preventative tips for homeowners to take to keep mold growth out of their basement foundation.
How To Prevent Mold On Basement Walls
Concrete basement walls are very susceptible to mold and mildew because they are porous. The combination between porous basement walls and basement moisture are ideal conditions for mold and mildew to grow.
Preventing mold growth is a very important issue for many homeowners. Mold can ruin the integrity of your basement foundation and the rest of your home.
One step a homeowner can take against mold is eliminating basement moisture and water. Installing the SquidGee Dry System will dry up your wet, leaky basement. The SquidGee Dry System is not used to cure a mold problem, but can be an effective step in preventing mold and mildew growth in a basement.
Another effective step homeowners can do to help defend their home against mold growth is adding natural light. A dark, damp basement is the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. By introducing natural light to the surface of basement walls, mold will have a difficult time growing.
A wet basement is the perfect situation for mold growth, because it is usually dark, moist and lacks proper ventilation. Addressing common risk factors for mold and mildew growth before the spores have the opportunity to spread throught a basement and home is very important for homeowner's to maintain the value of their biggest investment - their home.
Moisture and Humidity
Due to the location of a basement, it is often pleagued with excess moisture and humidity. This combination of moisture and humidity in a basement is what fuels mold growth. Placing a dehumidifier in the basement will reduce the water in the air. Also, a fan directing the air out of the basement will also help keep the air dry. Another easy way to reduce the amount of moisture and humidity in a basement is by opening windows for proper air circulation.
Lack of Proper Ventilation
Without proper ventilation, basement moisture and humidity can increase to deadly levels in a basement. This can cause a water issue and provide the exact conditions mold and mildew need to grow and spread quickly through a home. Airing out your basement regularily will maintain proper ventilation in your basement.
Leaking pipes can be a diseaster in a basement. Not only will it help mold grow faster and can waste water quickly, but it can severaly damage a everything in your basement. Check your basement water pipes in the spring for any leaks. Contact a plumber immediately if you find a leak to fix it before it becomes a costly headache.
Introducing your basement walls and floor to natural light will help prevent mold and mildew growth. Mold and mildew have a very difficult time cultivating when natural light is present.
Exterior Foundation Grading
Check outside your basement's foundation for proper foundation grading. Look for areas that contribute to the collection of water next to your foundation. Fill low areas so water flows away from your foundation.
Gutters and Downspouts
Check gutters for debris and downspouts should extend at least 8 feet from the house. Service walks that settled and slope back to the house should be adjusted to flow away from your foundation. Our UnderGround DownSpout Kits will keep roof water away from the basement foundation!
Basement Waterproofing System
As the soil around your foundation becomes water-saturated, hydrostatic pressure forces water through the joint where your floor and wall meet. The SquidGee Dry System can cure that problem. By properly collecting basement water and draining it out of your basement, you can prevent mold and mildew growth in your basement.