Basement Mold is a real issue for homeowners and can cause a lot of damage if left unattended. Not only does it look unsightly but it also releases spores that can cause breathing problems and allergies, especially in those with pre-existing respiratory conditions like asthma. In addition, it eats away at the structure of the home and can lead to serious structural issues down the line.
The first step is to identify the source of moisture in your basement. This may be a leaky pipe, condensation in your HVAC system, a crack in the foundation or walls, or other issue. Repair the leak and dry the area as soon as possible. Once the moisture is gone, the next step is to remove the mold. To do this, you will want to put on a full range of personal protective equipment including a HEPA N95 mask at a minimum, and preferably a P100 mask, hooded disposable coveralls, latex or latex-substitute gloves, eye protection and safety glasses. Tape plastic around the work area to prevent the spread of mold spores throughout your house. You will also want to run a dehumidifier in the basement or other areas with latent moisture to dry out excess humidity.
If you have a large area of mold in your basement, it’s important to use a professional to clean the affected area. A professional mold remediation company can use a variety of tools and techniques to safely and effectively remove the mold from the affected area of your basement. They will also be able to test the air quality in the basement to ensure that any remaining mold spores have been removed.
Some people are very sensitive to mold spores and can experience a variety of health issues, including respiratory symptoms such as coughing and wheezing, skin and eyes irritation, and even vomiting and nausea. It is recommended that anyone who suspects they have a problem with mold consult their doctor for treatment and guidance.
While there are do-it-yourself methods of removing Basement Mold, it’s always best to have a professional inspect the situation and determine how severe it is before trying to clean it yourself. If the problem is extensive and appears to be spreading, you should contact a professional mold removal and remediation company immediately. They can take a sample of the mold to identify which type it is and provide you with recommendations of how to proceed. If you are unsure what you’re dealing with, a mold inspection can save you time and money by preventing you from taking unnecessary measures that could be detrimental to your home and your health. Contact a reputable local company today to get started.